ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Dr. Nasim Ashraf said that it would be up to cricket boards of the respective countries to convince their playesr to play in the ICC Champions Trophy, which would be held in September here in Pakistan. Talking to reporters at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, he added that Pakistan was a safe place for any sports and the high ups of the International Cricket Council had shown their satisfaction over the security arrangements. "The boards should convince their players to play cricket in Pakistan, "he said. Dr Ashraf further said that the PCB has yet to know about the dates of the task force's visit to Pakistan. "We are ready for their inspections and are confident because all the other independent security observers have cleared Pakistan from any threat to players here," he said. Responding to a question, he said that Pakistan would step down from any international competition whenever it felt that Pakistan could not protect the foreign players. "Before giving any statement the foreign players from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England should visit Pakistan to see the security," he said. He added that the Champions Trophy would be held according to schedule from September 12 to 28 at Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi. He further said that the selection of the national team was not his job. "The selection committee will select the team for the forthcoming international competitions. However, the PCB will organise three practice matches on August 5, 7 and 9 to check the fitness of the players for final selection before the for 4-nations Twenty-20 cricket championship scheduled to be played in Canada from August 14," he said. Dr Ashraf said that the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be hosted from next September onwards and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cricket Board would field its sixth team in the championship. On Shoaib Akhtar, he said: "Pakistan team needs a match fit fast bowler. The selectors have to select the team and they would analyze the fitness of the pacer," he added. To another question, he said that Muhammad Asif's dope test affair was purely related to Indian Premier League (IPL). "The national team is utilizing very well their fitness camp at Army Physical Training School Abbottabad and players showed 70 percent improvement in their fitness. Pakistan team had a battery of pacers and the upcoming fast bowlers are ready to show their talent in international cricket," he concluded.