Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, has said the ICC will move the Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in Pakistan next year, only as a last resort.
"All ICC events have been allotted till 2015," Speed said in Mumbai. "The Champions Trophy was allotted to Pakistan last year and it's still almost a year away. The ICC will transfer a scheduled event only if it's [venue] unsafe."
The ICC had cut short one of its scheduled preliminary visits to Pakistan in connection with the tournament following the imposition of a state emergency in the country. Then on November 6, the ICC announced that the women's World Cup qualifiers, to be played in Pakistan this month, had been postponed.
But Speed said the ICC was on course to stage the Champions Trophy in Pakistan in September-October next year. "There has been some good cricket in Pakistan in the South African series. Australia and Zimbabwe are due to visit. I am very hopeful all issues will be resolved."