PCB submits draft for Champions Trophy, awaits BCCI’s consent for India vs Pakistan in Lahore

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The cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan has always been intense, transcending boundaries and captivating fans worldwide. Now, there’s a tantalizing prospect on the horizon: a marquee Champions Trophy clash between these arch-foes in Lahore. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to give its consent to this tentative schedule.

Champions Trophy Draft

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has slotted the India-Pakistan match for March 1, 2025, as part of the Champions Trophy. The tournament is set to run from February 19 to March 9, with a reserve day on March 10.

PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi submitted a 15-match schedule, strategically keeping all of India’s games in Lahore. Security and logistical considerations influenced this decision.

“The PCB has submitted the draft of the 15-match ICC Champions Trophy. Seven games in Lahore, three in Karachi and five in Rawalpindi,” an ICC Board member said.

“The opening match will be held in Karachi with two semifinals in Karachi and Rawalpindi, final in Lahore. All India matches (including semifinal if the team qualifies) in Lahore,” the source added. India has been clubbed with Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand in Group A. Group B comprises Australia, South Africa, England and Afghanistan.

The last tournament Pakistan hosted was the Asia Cup in 2023, conducted in a ‘Hybrid Model.’ India played their matches in Sri Lanka due to government restrictions on cross-border travel.

While other participating countries have assured their support, the BCCI will consult the Indian government before making a final call. The ICC can’t force any board to go against its government policy, so the timing of BCCI’s decision remains crucial.

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