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Champions Trophy 2025: PCB to ask ICC for compensation if BCCI denies visiting Pakistan

Champions Trophy 2025: PCB to ask ICC for compensation if BCCI denies visiting Pakistan

  • ICC Champions Trophy 2025 set to be hosted in Pakistan; concerns arise over Team India’s potential non-participation due to security reasons.
  • History of India’s reluctance: Skipped Asia Cup 2023 in Pakistan but hosted Pakistan for World Cup 2023.
  • PCB proactive: Plans to seek compensation from ICC if BCCI denies Team India’s participation; emphasizes the need for collaborative decisions.

The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2025 is scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan. Despite the nation’s track record of successfully welcoming various top-tier women and men teams in recent years, there are concerns about the participation of Team India, who has been hesitant, citing security reasons that, in reality, have not been an issue for other teams.

Interestingly, this is not the first instance of India expressing reluctance towards visiting Pakistan. During the Asia Cup in 2023, which Pakistan hosted, India declined to participate, leading to the tournament adopting a hybrid model. Only four matches were held in Pakistan, while the rest took place in Sri Lanka. Despite this, Pakistan reciprocated the gesture by visiting India for the World Cup in 2023, emphasizing the reciprocal nature of international cricket relations.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is taking a proactive stance in addressing the potential issue with India’s participation in the Champions Trophy. PCB has expressed its intention to seek compensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decides against sending Team India to Pakistan for the tournament.

Recently, Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the PCB management committee, and Salman Naseer, PCB’s Chief Operating Officer, engaged in discussions with the ICC executive board in Ahmedabad. The focus of the meeting was on the hosting arrangements for the Champions Trophy 2025.

PCB officials conveyed their concerns to the ICC, urging them not to make unilateral decisions in case the BCCI denies sending Team India to Pakistan. This underscores the importance of open communication and collaboration among cricketing nations to ensure the smooth execution of international tournaments.

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