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Champions Trophy 2025: PCB crafts security plans for India

Champions Trophy 2025: PCB crafts security plans for India

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is meticulously crafting security plans for the upcoming Champions Trophy 2025, scheduled to be held in Pakistan, with special focus on accommodating the Indian cricket team amidst geopolitical tensions. Three venues have been proposed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the initial draft schedule, with India’s matches slated to be held in a single city during the first round for enhanced security measures.

To ensure the tournament’s success, ICC’s pitch consultant, Andy Atkinson, recently visited the National Stadium in Karachi to inspect the pitches. Following Karachi, Atkinson is set to assess pitches in Lahore and Rawalpindi. Furthermore, PCB Chief Mohsin Naqvi has reassured the participation of all eight teams, including India, emphasizing that the schedule has been submitted to the ICC, leaving no room for doubts.

“We have sent the schedule [of the Champions Trophy] to the ICC, all eight teams will come,” Naqvi assured. “There is no reason as to why India would refuse to come.

“If they [India] are doing propaganda, why aren’t you doing as well?” Naqvi asked the media. “We are not thinking of a hybrid model, there is no talk of the sort.”

Addressing concerns about India’s reluctance to travel to Pakistan, Naqvi dismissed any such notions, urging the media to refrain from propagating baseless speculations. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to hosting the tournament without contemplating a hybrid model.

In preparation for the event, PCB is undertaking significant upgrades at venues in Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. Despite some delays, renovation work is expected to conclude within four to five months. A dedicated three-member committee is overseeing the venue enhancements, comprising directors of infrastructure, international cricket, and domestic cricket.

“The stadium upgrading work is going on rapidly. Yes, there have been some delays but we are determined to get it done as soon as possible,” Naqvi said. “We have a three-member committee that is exclusively working on that. There is a director infrastructure, director international cricket and the remaining is director domestic cricket.”

The return of the ICC Champions Trophy after an eight-year hiatus has sparked anticipation among cricket enthusiasts. The last occurrence in 2017 saw Pakistan clinching victory against India in a thrilling final. This edition will witness the participation of eight formidable teams, including hosts Pakistan, arch-rivals India, and other cricketing powerhouses like South Africa, Australia, and England.

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