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India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy, will ask ICC to hold matches in Dubai, Sri Lanka

India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy, will ask ICC to hold matches in Dubai, Sri Lanka

New Delhi (India), June 11: The Indian team will not travel to Pakistan for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy and will request the International Cricket Council to hold its matches in Sri Lanka or Dubai, a BCCI source told ANI.

The ICC Champions Trophy will be held in Pakistan from February to March 2025 next year. India has not played cricket tournaments in Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup due to tense relations between the two countries.

A bilateral series from December 2012 to January 2013 in India also marked the last bilateral series between the two countries. Since then, the two countries have only faced each other in ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup.

There is uncertainty over India’s participation in the upcoming event due to the relationship between the two countries.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had suggested that India play all its matches in one city. ESPNcricinfo had reported that Lahore had been chosen as the venue where India would play all its matches. However, the Indian board is not interested in the prospect of travelling to Pakistan.

While talking about India’s participation in the BCCI, a source told ANI, “India will not travel to Pakistan for the 2025 Champions Trophy. Will tell ICC to hold its matches in Dubai or Sri Lanka.”

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla had said in May that the Indian team would be sent to Pakistan for the tournament only if the central government allows it.

Speaking to ANI, Shukla said, “In the case of Champion Trophy, we will do whatever the Indian government tells us. We will send our team only if the Indian government allows us to do so. So, we will act according to the decision of the Indian government.”

A similar situation occurred last year during the Asian Cup, which was to be held in Pakistan.

However, PCB was forced to adopt a hybrid strategy when it hosted the Asia Cup last year, with all of India’s matches, including those against Pakistan, taking place in Sri Lanka.

The final of the tournament, which India won, was held in Colombo. Although Pakistan had hinted the year before at the possibility of using a hybrid approach to compete in the ODI World Cup in India, this was never considered.

Pakistan are the reigning champions of the Champions Trophy, which was last held in 2017.

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