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India unlikely to travel Pakistan for CT25, confirms BCCI official

India unlikely to travel Pakistan for CT25, confirms BCCI official

There are speculations swirling around Team India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy next year, with a BCCI source hinting at the possibility of the team not traveling to Pakistan for the tournament. This decision, if confirmed, could lead to significant changes in the event’s venue or even the adoption of a hybrid model to accommodate the circumstances.

Pakistan is gearing up to host an international cricket event for the first time since the 1996 World Cup, with major venues undergoing upgrades in preparation. PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi has expressed openness to a bilateral series with India as a reciprocal gesture if they agree to send their team to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy. However, India has reportedly shut down talks for a bilateral series and indicated reluctance to send a team to Pakistan for the ICC event.

The BCCI source highlighted that India’s participation in the Champions Trophy would require government approval, given the current state of relations with Pakistan. The strained diplomatic ties between the two nations make the prospect of India’s travel to Pakistan uncertain.

“Forget bilateral series…Team India may not even travel to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy. There might be a change of venue, a hybrid model is also possible,” a BCCI source said.

“The Indian board would need permission from the government for travel, currently our relations with Pakistan are not that good either,” the source added.

“Champions Trophy is an ICC event, so it would be a tough call for India but nothing without the government’s order/green signal. Bilateral series, I don’t see in the near future, that’s next to impossible.”

Bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan appear unlikely in the foreseeable future, further complicating the situation. The hybrid model, which was adopted for the Asia Cup 2023 due to BCCI’s intervention, saw the majority of matches played in Sri Lanka. A similar approach might be considered for the Champions Trophy to navigate the challenging circumstances surrounding India’s potential participation.

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