Champions Trophy 2025: PCB Confirms IND vs PAK Match Schedule

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On 3rd July 2024 (Wednesday), the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) submitted the draft of a 15-match ICC Champions Trophy 2025 to the ICC (International Cricket Council). According to the schedule from February 19 to March 9, seven matches will be held in Lahore (including the finals), three games in Karachi (including the opening match and a semi-final), and the remaining five in Rawalpindi (includes a semi-final). In case of bad weather conditions, the final will be held on a reserve day on March 11.

According to PCB’s draft, the clash between India and Pakistan is scheduled at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on 1st March 2025. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to confirm sending the Indian cricketers to Pakistan.

ICC Champions Trophy 2025: Team India Group Stage Fixtures

Team India is placed in Group A along with Pakistan, Bangladesh, and New Zealand and will compete against these teams in Lahore due to security and logistical reasons. It was in July 2008 that the Indian men’s cricket team played in Pakistan for the last time, since these two teams’ matches have been limited to ICC and Asia Cup tournaments due to political issues.

Whereas the other four teams namely Australia, England, South Africa, and Afghanistan clash against each other in the Group B fixtures. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

What if Team India Qualifies for ICC Champions Trophy 2025? Possibilities for venue change

As per the latest schedule, Karachi and Rawalpindi are the two venues to host a semi-final and if India advances through the last four, then there are chances for the semifinal match to be shifted to Lahore. This is because the PCB plans to take care of the Indian cricket team throughout the season for security reasons as well as the venue’s geographical proximity to India.

Is Team India traveling to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy 2025?

It remains uncertain if the Indian cricket team will be traveling to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy 2025 since there isn’t any official confirmation from the Indian government or BCCI.

For 16 years, the Indian government has restricted the national cricket team from traveling to Pakistan due to the ongoing political conflicts between the two nations. After the attacks of 26/11 in 2008, the Pakistani cricketers were banned from participating in the next editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Also, India refused to travel to Pakistan for the previous year’s 50-over Asia Cup. This resulted in the tournament’s organizers facing an unexpected nightmare and costly logistics. Sri Lanka was forced to step in as the co-host for all matches of Team India in that tournament, which included the finals as well. Despite the poor weather conditions, the Indian cricket team’s match schedules were finalized in Sri Lanka.

BCCI previously announced that it is upto the government to decide whether the players would travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

On the other side, Pakistan traveled to India in October 2023 to participate in the ODI World Cup following their government’s approval for the tour. This decision opened up a slight chance that India would do the same for the forthcoming tournament.

Political Tensions Halted IND vs PAK Bilateral Series:

The political tensions halted the bilateral series between India and Pakistan in such a way that both these teams were allowed to participate either in ICC’s or ACC’s (Asian Cricket Council) tournaments.

The IND vs PAK bilateral series was conducted between 25th December 2012 to 06th January 2013. It has been more than 11 years since Pakistan toured India for the white ball series. Whereas, India last visited Pakistan in early 2006 for the bilateral series. 

BCCI Secretary Hints about Team India’s Participation in ICC Champions Trophy 2025

Although the BCCI secretary Jay Shah hinted that Team India will participate in the Champions Trophy, he hasn’t officially confirmed that Indian cricketers traveling to Pakistan:

“It’s our main aim! The way the team is progressing, our target is to win the World Test Championship (WTC) and Champions Trophy (CT). The seniors will be available and there will be the same squad playing in that tournament,” said Jay Shah

Conclusion:

Several ICC representatives have visited Pakistan over the past three months to have a detailed discussion about the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. A majority of the officials were satisfied that PCB was on its way to hosting the first-ever ICC tournament after the World Cup in 1996.

Finally, the ICC Champions Trophy is set to return after a long gap of 8 years. Fans are excited to watch if the Indian cricket team confirms its participation in lifting another ICC trophy after winning the T20 World Cup 2024 tournament.