ICC to decide Trophy venue
Dubai - The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives' committee (CEC) will meet via teleconference on Wednesday to consider if weather conditions in Sri Lanka in September/October are appropriate to allow it to stage this year's ICC Champions Trophy.
The CEC will make a recommendation to the ICC Board, which will make a final decision on the matter during a teleconference on Monday, March 16.
This follows the meeting of the ICC board in Perth in January/February when they decided the tournament would not take place in Pakistan.
Sri Lanka was chosen previously as the reserve venue for the event.
That decision is now being reviewed because the dates for the 2009 event are later in the year than was the case when it was scheduled to be held last year.
If it is decided that potential weather patterns would permit the event to proceed successfully in Sri Lanka then preparatory work standard for all ICC events, including detailed security assessments by independent security advisors, would take place.
If the eventual decision were to be that those potential weather patterns would not allow certainty in staging the tournament then the ICC would seek bids from interested locations with a view to deciding on a host in April.
During its teleconference, the CEC will also consider dates for next year's ICC World Twenty20 tournament, to be staged in the West Indies.
The CEC comprises the chief executives of the 10 Test-playing members and three representatives from ICC associate members.