PCB seek compensation if India refuses to visit Pakistan in 2025

PCB will host ICC champions trophy in 2025

The upcoming 2025 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy, set to be held in Pakistan, is drawing near. According to a report by the Press Trust of India (PTI), the Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB has formally requested compensation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the event that Team India chooses not to participate in the tournament.

The chairman of the PCB management committee, Zaka Ashraf, and PCB Chief Operating Officer Salman Naseer reportedly met with the ICC executive board in Ahmedabad. The primary focus of the meeting was the hosting of the Champions Trophy in 2025. PCB officials emphasized the need for the ICC to refrain from making unilateral decisions if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declines to send Team India to Pakistan for the competition.

It’s worth noting that India had previously declined to participate in the Asia Cup 2023 hosted by Pakistan. Despite Pakistan holding the hosting rights for the Asia Cup, the BCCI cited governmental restrictions, leading to a hybrid model for the tournament with matches split between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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The report indicates that PCB officials also proposed that if the BCCI or the Indian Government decides against sending their team due to security concerns, the ICC should establish an independent security agency or committee to assess Pakistan’s security arrangements.

Despite reservations from the Indian Team about touring Pakistan, the report underscores that Pakistan has proven to be a safe destination for cricket. With every top-tier team, except India, having visited Pakistan in recent years, these tours have been successfully conducted without any security issues.

Sources suggest that adopting a hybrid model for the Champions Trophy, similar to the Asia Cup in 2023, is being considered. However, the condition for this shift would be compensation from the ICC to cover potential losses incurred by Pakistan. The upcoming 2025 event marks Pakistan’s first hosting of a major ICC tournament since 1996, nearly three decades ago.

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