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PCB Seeks Compensation From ICC If India Refuses To Travel For CT 2025

image-lpfj6tegBCCI's Roger Binny and Rajeev Shukla with PCB Chairperson Zaka Ashraf (x.com)

Pakistan Cricket Board bagged the hosting for the upcoming Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to go on floors in 2025. While the tournament is not happening until the next 18 months or so, uncertainties over the smooth operation of the event are giving nightmares to PCB.

Apparently, PCB is wary about the Indian side pulling out of the tournament due to security concerns associated with the venue. To those unversed, the Indian government denied the Indian cricket team NOC to participate in the Asia Cup held in Pakistan earlier this year.

Thus, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had to shift the Indian team's matches to Sri Lanka, with the finals of the tournament held in the rescheduled venue.

Due to last-minute changes, PCB incurred heavy losses. Therefore, the board is exercising caution this time around. As the Champions Trophy is inching closer, PCB reportedly held an official conversation with ICC and raised respective concerns.

PCB Unwilling To Give Up Hosting Rights For CT 2025

According to a report from PTI, PCB urged ICC to sign the hosting rights documents as soon as possible. Moreover, the Pakistan cricket governing body discussed the possibility of India opting against traveling to Pakistan due to complicated political tensions between the two countries. 

"Pakistani officials discussed the probability of the Indian board (BCCI) again refusing to send its team to Pakistan and made it clear that in any given situation the ICC must avoid taking unilateral decisions on the tournament," the source said to PTI.

The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf and COO Salman Naseer met an ICC executive in Ahmedabad earlier this month and said that if India has any issues with the security being provided by the host nation, they must send an independent body to investigate the same. 

PCB also cited examples of other international teams who traveled to Pakistan for a bilateral series in recent past.

Having said that, in case India demands a change in venue, the PCB chairman urged ICC to compensate them as they cannot afford a repeat of Asia Cup 2023. 

As far as the BCCI is concerned, their hands are tied. The board is at the mercy of government clearance. They have no choice but to abide by the higher authority's decisions.