Will India visit Pakistan for Champions Trophy? Here’s what sources indicate

- June 9, 2024
| By : Saurav Gupta |

Questions arise over whether India will participate in the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan has raised questions about India’s involvement. Scheduled for February-March 2025, it remains unclear whether the Indian team will compete in Pakistan.

Awaiting Clarity from BCCI by July

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is waiting for a clear indication from the government regarding the tournament. According to sources familiar with the matter, a decision is expected by July, potentially during the ICC’s annual conference in Colombo. This timing coincides with the assumption that the Indian government will maintain its current stance on Pakistan post-re-election.

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Champions Trophy – Possibility of a Hybrid Model

If the current policy persists, there is talk of implementing a “hybrid model” similar to the recent Asia Cup. This model would involve hosting some of India’s matches in a neutral venue, with the UAE being considered as a possible option.

Lahore Eyed for Indian Matches

Initial reports suggested that Lahore might be designated as the sole venue for India’s matches in Pakistan. This move aims to simplify travel logistics for the Indian team and potentially make it easier for fans to access matches via the Wagah border crossing.

Champions Trophy – Tournament Schedule Unaffected

Despite the uncertainty surrounding India’s participation, the Champions Trophy will proceed as planned. The 50-over tournament, featuring eight teams, is scheduled to take place from February 19th to March 9th, 2025. This 20-day window allows member boards to adjust their domestic league schedules accordingly.

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Anticipation Among Cricket Fans

Cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await updates on India’s participation and the potential use of a hybrid model. The return of the Champions Trophy promises exciting cricket action, but the uncertainty adds another layer of anticipation to this highly anticipated event.