The ICC today announced the postponement of upcoming Women's World Cup Qualifier event, scheduled to be staged in Lahore , Pakistan from 19 - 25 November 2007.

The decision was arrived at following independent security reports and extensive discussions by ICC management and the ICC Women's Committee.

A decision on where and when the tournament will be played will be taken in due course.

The event involves eight teams - Bermuda , Ireland , the Netherlands , Pakistan , Papua New Guinea , Scotland , South Africa , and Zimbabwe - with the top two sides going forward to the ICC Women's World Cup in Australia in 2009.

Commenting on the postponement, PCB Chairman, Dr Nasim Ashraf said: 'We have advised the ICC we feel the event could have been staged as scheduled in two weeks' time in a safe and secure environment.

'We remain more than capable of - and committed to - hosting international cricket and we look forward to welcoming teams to Pakistan in the future.'

ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed said: 'It is extremely regrettable this decision has had to be taken.

'We remain committed to international cricket being played in Pakistan but, sadly, events beyond the control of the ICC and the PCB have conspired against us on this occasion.

'As recently as 25 October, the ICC Women's Committee reaffirmed its commitment to staging the event, as scheduled, in Lahore .

'However the heightened state of tension within the country over the past few days represents a change in circumstances that we have a duty to consider.

'Safety and security of all participants is a priority and on the basis of the independent advice we have received - as well as the material concerns expressed by many of the participating countries - we concluded it is not appropriate to stage the tournament at this time.'

The ICC Women's Committee is made up of Betty Timmer (Chair), Catherine Campbell (EAP), Belinda Clark (co-opted), Shubhangi Kulkarni (Asia), Kerri Laing (Africa), Siobhan McBennett (Europe) and Carol Whilby-Maxwell ( Americas ).