PCB Proposes Exclusive City for India's Matches in 2025 Champions Trophy

PCB Proposes Exclusive City for India's Matches in 2025 Champions Trophy

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that India's qualifying round matches during the 2025 Champions Trophy be scheduled exclusively in one city. This decision aims to streamline logistics and ensure efficient organization while maximizing the tournament's success.

The PCB, which will host the prestigious event, has selected Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore as the venues for the tournament, with Lahore hosting the final match. By concentrating India's matches in one city, the PCB seeks to enhance the overall experience for players, officials, and spectators alike.

"The ICC general manager Wasim Khan also recently visited Lahore where he discussed the CT arrangements with the PCB top brass and it was suggested that the Indian team's travel itinerary be kept to a minimum," a PCB source informed.

The source further disclosed that India might play its initial qualifying round matches in Karachi before transitioning to other venues for the knockout stages. Notably, the Indian cricket team hasn't competed in Pakistan since 2008, with their cricketing interactions limited solely to ICC tournaments.

In the previous year, the Indian cricket board opted not to send the national team for the Asia Cup, which was ultimately conducted in Pakistan and Sri Lanka using a hybrid model.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi has reiterated that all participating teams will honor their commitments to play in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan as scheduled. Additionally, he revealed that stadium renovation work is set to begin shortly, with the tournament anticipated to take place in February-March 2025.

The PCB's proposal to schedule India's matches in one city is a strategic move to ensure smooth operations and minimize travel disruptions for the Indian team. This decision reflects the PCB's commitment to hosting a successful and memorable Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan.

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