India Unlikely to Travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy 2025: Reports

Mumbai: Sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have hinted at India’s possible absence from the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan next year. Citing concerns over bilateral relations and logistical challenges, the BCCI has raised doubts regarding Team India’s participation, casting uncertainty over the tournament’s venue.

According to BCCI insiders, the decision hinges on government approval due to the current strained relations between India and Pakistan. Travelling to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy would necessitate a green signal from the government, a process that remains uncertain at present.

Furthermore, prospects for a bilateral series between India and Pakistan appear bleak, with sources deeming it “next to impossible” in the near future. The last bilateral limited-overs series between the two nations occurred in 2012-13, and since then, cricketing encounters have been confined to ICC and continental events.

Last year’s Asia Cup saw India’s refusal to play in Pakistan, leading to a hybrid tournament format split across multiple venues, primarily in Sri Lanka. This precedent suggests that alternative arrangements, such as a venue change or hybrid model, could be considered for the Champions Trophy if India opts out of travelling to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi had hinted at the possibility of a bilateral series contingent on India’s participation in the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. However, BCCI sources have dismissed this notion, emphasizing the need for government clearance and the prevailing diplomatic climate.

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