Pakistan's Dreams To Be Wasted, Champions Trophy 2025 Set To Be Cancelled? Report Explains
Champions Trophy is set to return in 2025 [X.com]
Apart from its host country, the 2025 edition of the Champions Trophy in Pakistan is also set to come up for debates and discussions due to scheduling clashes with T20 leagues based in UAE, South Africa and Bangladesh.
With the eight-team tournament due to be played in February, the SA20, the ILT20 and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) authorities have been forced to mull over the impact of the scheduling clash with the mega ICC tournament.
Even though a 20-day competition, the Champions Trophy, starting in the first week of February, looks set to overlap partly with all three of these leagues if played in their existing windows, reported Cricbuzz.
While the UAE-based ILT20 kicked off on January 19 and is set to conclude on February 17, the SA20 League's second edition began on January 10 and will finish on February 10. The BPL, which was forced to shift from its usual December-January window, will conclude on March 1.
Champions Trophy To Create Scheduling Overlap For T20 Leagues
Even the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can't entirely feel safe about the Pakistan Super League (PSL) if the Champions Trophy takes up most of February.
If it starts off late in mid February, the business end of PSL's full-fledged season is bound to clash with the start of the undefeatable Indian Premier League (IPL) and create a major headache for PSL franchises, who will face talent exodus from their camps. The PSL 2024 is set to unravel from February 17 and be played until March 18.
None of the boards and the ILT20 franchises would want a scenario where they have to field understrength line-ups at either event. Especially South Africa, who recently faced the flak for sending to New Zealand a highly inexperienced Test squad to ensure their prominent players stay put with SA20 franchises.