Friday, August 22, 2008

S. Africa to boycott Champions Trophy

South Africa announced on Friday it would not send a team to the Champions Trophy cricket tournament in Pakistan next month.

South Africa is the first country officially to boycott the tournament. The decision follows a meeting involving Cricket South Africa, International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat and ICC security officials.

“After extensive discussions and a frank exchange of views, the board resolved not to send our team at this time to Pakistan to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy,” Cricket SA President Norman Arendse said in a statement.

South African players, through the South Africa Cricketers Association, again expressed “major concerns” about playing in Pakistan.

Cricketers from England, New Zealand and Australia have expressed concerns over security and reluctance to play in Pakistan.

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