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BCCI opens India’s visit to Pakistan

DELHI: The Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) on Monday broke silence on the Indian men’s cricket team’s tour to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy, scheduled to take place in February 2025.

Speaking to the Indian News Agency, BCCI Vice President Rajeev Shukla put the onus on their government to allow the cricket team to visit Pakistan for the International Cricket Council (ICC) event.

“In the case of the Champion Trophy, we will do whatever the Indian government tells us to do,” Shukla revealed.

“We will send our team only if the government of India gives us permission. So, we will act in accordance with the decision of the Indian government,” he added.

Pakistan and India have not played a Test since 2007/2008 and no bilateral series in any form since 2012/2013 due to long-standing political tensions between the two neighboring countries.

However, the fierce rivals only came face to face at multinational events such as the Asia Cup and the ICC World Cups.

It is worth mentioning here that India declined to tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup last year and thus the continental event was held in a hybrid model with Sri Lanka emerging as co-host.

Under the hybrid model, Pakistan could host only four matches while the rest of the matches, including the final, were played in Sri Lanka. A month later, Pakistan traveled to India to play in the 50-over World Cup.

Read more: Champions Trophy 2025: Pakistan hosts India in Lahore

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accelerated preparations to host the 2025 Champions Trophy and shortlisted three venues: Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi in the initial draft schedule proposed to the ICC.

Sources further claimed that the cricket board had also proposed to host all India matches at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, which is also ready to host the final, to minimize the team’s travel as a safety measure.

The eight-team tournament is scheduled to take place in Pakistan in February next year and is likely to last more than two weeks.

The 2025 Champions Trophy will feature India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England and Bangladesh, while hosts Pakistan will defend the title.