BCCI Awaits Government Nod for India’s Participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

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Amidst speculations regarding India’s potential participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in Pakistan next year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has clarified its stance. BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla emphasized that the Indian team’s presence in Pakistan for the tournament would hinge solely on approval from the central government.

“In the case of the Champion Trophy, we will do whatever the Government of India instructs us to do. We send our team only when the Government of India gives us permission. So we will abide by the decision of the Indian government,” stated Shukla in a conversation with ANI.

The bilateral cricketing relations between India and Pakistan have been sparse since their last series in December 2012-January 2013. Since then, encounters between the two nations have been limited to ICC tournaments and the Asia Cup due to strained diplomatic ties, particularly in the wake of security concerns stemming from terrorism.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has designated Lahore as the sole location for India’s matches during the Champions Trophy. This decision aims to streamline logistical and security arrangements while also facilitating easier access for Indian fans, given Lahore’s proximity to the Wagah border crossing.

While Pakistan emerged as the champions in the previous edition of the tournament held in 2017, discussions among participating nations, including India, are anticipated to revolve around the feasibility of travel and participation. The final decision on Team India’s involvement is expected to be reached following consultations with relevant stakeholders, including the ICC and the respective cricket boards.

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