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Will Pakistan Lose The Right To Host The 2025 Champions Trophy? Check The Full Report

Pakistan is slated to host the next big ICC event in 2025 (X)Pakistan is slated to host the next big ICC event in 2025 (X)

In an unexpected turn of events, Pakistan's hopes of hosting the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy are now uncertain. The excitement around this marquee event, scheduled for February and March 2025, is overshadowed by the complexities of international relations, especially between rivals India and Pakistan.

The Champions Trophy, set to take place between February 19 and March 19, 2025, will mark a significant event for Pakistan as it continues to welcome back international cricket. 

A draft schedule for the tournament, submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this month, includes a highly anticipated India-Pakistan match at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Recently, teams from England, Australia, and New Zealand have toured Pakistan, increasing pressure on the BCCI to send the Indian team to the conflict-prone nation for this multi-nation tournament.

India's travel to Pakistan for the marquee event depends on the Indian Government

According to a recent SportsTak report, although Pakistan is the official host for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, it's still uncertain if they will ultimately host the event.

The last time an Indian cricket team traveled to Pakistan was for the Asia Cup in June-July 2008. The BCCI has stated that the participation of the Indian team will depend on approval from the Government of India.

Last year's Asia Cup, initially scheduled to be held in Pakistan, ended up being conducted in a hybrid manner. Only four games were held in Pakistan, with the rest played in Sri Lanka after the Indian team refused to travel there.

With February and March being ideal months for cricket in the UAE and three international stadiums available, the UAE could serve as a secondary host under a 'Hybrid Model' if India decide not to travel to Pakistan.

The eight participating teams are expected to be divided into two groups, with India's group matches potentially taking place in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.