ICC's Champions Trophy is very popular and considered very prestigeous among all the cricket playing nations. This year the Champions Trophy has been decided to be played in Pakistan from September 11-28.
The currently planned schedules for the series is as follows;
11 September - Pakistan v West Indies, Lahore.
However with the increasing terrorist related violences in Pakistan, including the deadly suicide blast on the night of the Asia Cup final has thrown cloud on the security measures for holding such an important event in Pakistan.Rawalpindi, one of three venues for the ICC's Champions Trophy tournament, adjoins Islamabad where 14 policemen and five civilians were killed and scores injured in Sunday's attack.As per World cricket chief Haroon Logart "The ICC will not compromise the safety and security of any individual at one of its tournaments and if it is not appropriate to play in any country then we will not do so". said in a statement. Besides players from Australia, New Zealand and England have expressed concern over playing in Pakistan.
Currently Sri Lanka is the designated alternative venue but is also facing similar internal violences between Tamil Tiger rebels and government troops, with South Africa mentioned as a possible replacement.