No cricket tournament in volatile Pakistan this year

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NOSYMBL.gifSeveral cricket boards have been concerned with security for their teams who were originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan, a region currently recognized as potentially volatile. This has forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision to postpone the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan.

Omar Khan
, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.

Khan, who is very proud of the young West Indies team players, lauded their achievements in Canada after their games against Canada and Bermuda. While giving accolades to all, he singled out Xavier Marshall, named player of the tournament who struck 157 against Canada in the Windies’ second match last Friday, including a world record 12 sixes.