India May Be Based in Lahore for 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

India May Be Based in Lahore for 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to host the 2025 Champions Trophy in three cities: Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi. The tournament is scheduled to take place in mid-February next year.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the draft schedule has India based in and playing all their matches in Lahore, where the final is also scheduled to take place. This move is believed to have been proposed to avoid logistical and security challenges associated with India's travel. Additionally, Lahore's proximity to the Wagah border crossing between India and Pakistan makes it easier for Indian fans to attend the matches.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi has sent a draft schedule of the tournament to the ICC for discussion. The major sticking point is likely to be whether the Indian team will travel to Pakistan. No Indian team has played in Pakistan since the 2008 Champions Trophy due to strained relations between the two governments.

Last year, Pakistan hosted the Asia Cup using a hybrid model, with India playing all their games in Sri Lanka. However, this model was not pursued for the ODI World Cup in India last year, with Pakistan playing all their games in India.

The final decision on whether India will visit Pakistan for the Champions Trophy rests with the Indian government, not the BCCI. Naqvi expressed hope that all eight teams will participate in the event in Pakistan, but did not comment specifically on India's position.

The Champions Trophy is the first ICC event Pakistan will host since the 1996 World Cup. Pakistan was originally scheduled to host the 2008 Champions Trophy, but it was postponed and relocated to South Africa due to security concerns. Pakistan also lost out on co-hosting duties for the 2011 ODI World Cup after the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lanka team.

Since the return of international cricket to Pakistan in 2015, every team involved in the Champions Trophy has toured and played in Pakistan, except India. Pakistan are the defending champions of the event, last held in 2017.

Tags: #ChampionsTrophy2025, #PakistanCricket, #IndiaPakistanRivalry, #Lahore, #SecurityConcerns

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