As per report, ‘Forget’ bilateral series, Team India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for ICC Champions Trophy 2025


Sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India have hinted that Team India is unlikely to travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled for next year. This could lead to a change in venue for the entire tournament, or organizers might resort to a “hybrid model” where some matches are played in alternate locations.

The ninth edition of the Champions Trophy is currently scheduled to take place in Pakistan, who are the defending champions. The Men in Green beat India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final. The 50-over mega tournament will take place in February and March next year.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohsin Naqvi reportedly dangled the possibility of a bilateral series with India. He said if India participate in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan, there might be a bilateral series between the two arch-rivals. However, sources within the BCCI poured cold water on the idea, stating that Team India’s travel to Pakistan itself is ‘next to impossible‘.

“Forget bilateral series…Team India may not even travel to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy,” the BCCI sources said, according to reports.

The sources highlighted the need for government clearance for any travel to Pakistan, citing the current strained relations between the two countries. “Champions Trophy is an ICC event, so it would be a tough call for India,” they added. “Nothing can happen without the government’s green signal. As for a bilateral series, I don’t see it happening in the near future, that’s next to impossible.”

Apr 23, 2024 4:17 PM