The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed a historic deal with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to host the Champions Trophy in 2025, marking a significant milestone in cricket history. The agreement was officially signed on Friday at the ICC offices in Dubai by Jonathan Hall, the General Counsel of the ICC, and Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the PCB Management Committee.
Understanding how important security is, the Pakistan Cricket Board has already spoken with the government to put strong security measures in place that will protect international teams competing for the Champions Trophy. Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, the acting prime minister, has taken a major step by promising the complete cooperation of security authorities to ensure the smooth running of the esteemed event.
The ICC Champions Trophy will return in 2025, following an eight-year break that ended in 2017. Notably, Test-playing countries like West Indies and Sri Lanka were not allowed to participate in the international competition; Sri Lanka was not able to place in the top eight of the ICC World Cup 2023 points table.
Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar reaffirmed the nation’s commitment to supplying complete security during a recent discussion with the Chairman of the PCB Management Committee, highlighting the determination of the country to organize a secure and prosperous event.
Eight teams, following the One Day International (ODI) format, will compete for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy. Together with the host country, Pakistan, the top seven teams from the ICC ODI World Cup group stage also have to qualify in order to play in the event.
The following teams have been confirmed to compete for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy:
- Pakistan (hosts)
- South Africa
- New Zealand
Cricket fans all over the world are excited for this esteemed competition to resume as it promises to highlight elite cricket skill and promote international friendship on the field.