BCCI VP Shukla Comments on India’s Participation in Pakistan for Champions Trophy

BCCI VP Shukla Comments on India’s Participation in Pakistan for Champions Trophy

News by “M.Sheharyar”

Rajeev Shukla, the Vice-President of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), broke the silence on Monday regarding the India men’s cricket team’s potential tour to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy 2025.

In a conversation with ANI, Shukla delivered a significant update, stating that the BCCI will adhere to the directives of the federal government concerning the Indian team’s visit to Pakistan for the ICC event.

“For the Champions Trophy, we will adhere to whatever instructions are provided by the Government of India,” revealed Shukla.

“We only send our team when granted permission by the Government of India. Hence, we will align with the decisions made by the Indian government,” he added.

It is notable that India declined to tour Pakistan for last year’s Asia Cup, leading to the continental event adopting a hybrid model, with Sri Lanka emerging as a co-host. Under this model, Pakistan hosted only four matches, while the remaining games, including the final, took place in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accelerated preparations to host the Champions Trophy 2025, with Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi shortlisted as potential venues in the initial draft schedule submitted to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sources suggest that the PCB has proposed hosting all of India’s matches at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, which is also set to host the final, in a bid to minimize travel for security reasons.

The eight-team tournament, scheduled for February next year in Pakistan, is expected to span over two weeks. It will feature India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England, and Bangladesh, with hosts Pakistan defending their title.

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