India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy 2025

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The upcoming Champions Trophy 2025 promises high-octane cricket clashes, but a cloud of uncertainty looms over India’s participation. India, a cricket powerhouse, is unlikely to travel to Pakistan for the tournament. The reasons are multifaceted, including political tensions and security concerns.

Hybrid Model for Champions Trophy

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) faces a dilemma. Pakistan has the hosting rights for the Champions Trophy, which will make its return to the cricket calendar for the first time since 2017. However, a couple of matches in the tournament are likely to be held in either the UAE or Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Cricket Board submitted a draft schedule to the International Cricket Council last month. In the draft schedule, India’s matches were scheduled in Lahore, including the big-ticket game between the arch-rivals on March 1. However, there is no official confirmation from the BCCI as far as travel is concerned at the moment.

The Indian government will have the last word. Until then, the hybrid model remains a pragmatic compromise. Pakistan hasn’t hosted a major ICC event since 1996. This Champions Trophy could rewrite history.

Whether it’s a full-fledged tour or a hybrid rendezvous, cricket fans await the clash of titans. In this delicate dance of diplomacy and sportsmanship, the Champions Trophy navigates uncharted waters. Let’s see where the pitch leads us.

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