ICC Inspection Team Visits Pakistan for Champions Trophy Preparations

ICC Inspection Team Visits Pakistan for Champions Trophy Preparations

News by “M.Sheharyar”

KARACHI: Arriving in Pakistan on Monday, a delegation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) commenced their assessment of the arrangements for the upcoming Champions Trophy, slated for February 2025.

The ICC’s Event Operations team, led by Senior Manager Sarah Edgar and Manager Aoun Zaidi, landed in Karachi to evaluate the preparations for the 2025 Champions Trophy set to take place in Pakistan.

During their stay, the ICC delegation will conduct inspections across various sections of the National Stadium in Karachi. Stadium management will provide detailed briefings on the tournament arrangements to the visiting delegation.

Meetings with representatives from law enforcement agencies are also on the agenda for the ICC delegation.

In subsequent stages, the delegation will proceed to inspect stadiums in Lahore and Rawalpindi. ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley, is expected to join the delegation during their visit to Rawalpindi.

Last December, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finalized the hosting rights agreement for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 at the ICC headquarters in Dubai. Former PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf, along with ICC General Counsel Jonathan Hall, formalized the agreement.

The PCB has already communicated with the government to ensure robust security measures for visiting international teams during the Champions Trophy.

For those unfamiliar with the tournament, the ICC announced a series of international cricket competitions for both men and women in the 2024–2031 cycle. This includes the 2025 and 2029 editions of the Champions Trophy.

The ICC Champions Trophy 2025 will feature eight teams, following the format of previous editions, comprising two groups of four teams, followed by semi-finals and a final match.

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