The ICC will hold the postponed Champions Trophy between September 24 and October 5, 2009, it was decided during the second day of the board meeting in Dubai. The event was originally scheduled for September this year in Pakistan but was postponed after several participating countries refused to travel over security fears in the country.
The 2009 edition, which will still be held in Pakistan, has been shortened to 12 days - as opposed to the original 17- and will be played in only one city. The board will decide on that venue following India's tour of Pakistan in early 2009, after which a security assessment is due, so that it can provide certainty to teams, broadcasters, commercial partners and other stakeholders. The schedule will be announced in due course.
The announcement of the dates means that the BCCI might have to reschedule the second edition of the Twenty20 Champions League, which had originally been slotted for September 25-October 10. "There will be no clash," N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, "The new programme takes into account a provision for the Champions League also."
David Morgan, the ICC president, welcomed the decision to find a place for the tournament despite an increasingly packed Future Tours Program (FTP).
"We are delighted to have slotted the ICC Champions Trophy into the FTP in 2009 thus maintaining the primacy of ICC events," Morgan said. "We now look forward to staging an outstanding, memorable event next September/October."
Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive, thanked the participating countries for their cooperation. "I'm hugely encouraged by the spirit of togetherness and teamwork shown by our members in ensuring we have found a place for the ICC Champions Trophy in next year's calendar," Lorgat said.
"The tournament, with its new format of the top eight teams playing in a short, sharp event, is vitally important for the world game because it allows those Members, as well as the developing cricket world, to grow the sport."