Will India play Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan? Anurag Thakur reveals

Pakistan will be hosting its first major ICC tournament since the 1996 men's ODI World Cup.

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli before Pakistan vs India match
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: Babar Azam of Pakistan and Virat Kohli of India interact ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Dubai International Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

There have been concerns about the participation of foreign teams, particularly India, in the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 ever since Pakistan was awarded the hosting rights. Now, the Indian sports minster and former BCCI president, Anurag Thakur has revealed his team’s plan for the participation in the eight-teams tournament.

According to the India’s sports minister, his country will monitor the security situation in Pakistan before they decide whether to send their cricket team to Pakistan.

“The Indian government – the Home Ministry – has earlier also made its decision. When such global tournaments happen several factors are considered,” Thakur told reporters in Delhi.

“Even in the past, you would have seen many countries have pulled out to go there (Pakistan) and play because the situation there is not normal. Security is the main challenge there, like teams have been attacked in the past, which is a concern. So when the time comes, the Indian government will take a decision depending on the circumstances then.”

On the other hand, chairman PCB Ramiz Raja thinks the Indian cricket team wouldn’t pull out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

“It is not an easy task to pull out of an international tournament. Once the rights are awarded, these feuds between different cricketing boards are also considered while making the decision. In my opinion, India will not pull out.”

Pakistan will be hosting its first major ICC tournament since the 1996 men’s ODI World Cup. Following the continuous hard work by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the security agencies, cricket has finally returned to Pakistan.

However, Pakistan’s effort to win the trust of top cricket playing nations was dealt with a huge blow when New Zealand cricket team pulled out of the limited over series. The England Cricket Board also decided to cancel its tour following New Zealand’s decision.

India has not travelled to Pakistan since 2005 when they played three test matches and five one day internationals. The two countries have only played each other in the ICC tournaments since the 2012-13 white ball cricket series between them.

  • this is lollipop given by ICC and when the times comes, tournament will get cancelled or moved to Dubai at last minute.


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