General News | 14th August 2008

Swann To Back Trophy Decision

Graeme Swann has confirmed that he is prepared to travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy in September if the ECB decide to allow the England team to take part.

Swann said that he has complete faith in the judgment of ICC security expert Reg Dickason who will advise the ECB on security arrangements in the wake of political unrest in the country.

"There are reasons why they are doing all the security checks, and I'm happy to leave it in the hands of the ECB and Reg Dickason because from my position, I'm completely uninformed on it,” said Swann.

"I can't make an informed decision on it, so I'm just happy to be told what to do in this situation. Inside my head, I have a few thoughts about it but I'll just wait to see what everybody else comes out with first and see where I stand.

"I don't want to have to make a decision on it. I don't think any player would want to make a decision on it personally but if we go I'll go and hope that the security out there is as good as we have been told it will be."

Tournament fixtures will now be played at just two venues after Rawalpindi was excluded because of security concerns.

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