Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi gives major update regarding Champions Trophy 2025

Pakistan will be hosting a world event for the first time since the 1996 World Cup

By Web Desk
April 21, 2024
Chairman PCB Mohsin Naqvi. — PCB

The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Mohsin Naqvi on Sunday confirmed in a media talk that the stadium upgradation is underway for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

During the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024, Naqvi attended the final between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the National Bank Stadium, Karachi after which it was decided that four major stadiums — Karachi, Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi — in Pakistan will be upgraded massively before the commencement of the Champions Trophy.

“The stadiums will be upgraded, definitely,” said Naqvi during a media talk on Sunday. “The work on the stadiums’ structure and decoration is already underway.”

He also talked about the players of the Pakistan cricket team saying that he will monitor the recovery of Azam Khan and Ihsanullah as both players are currently injured.

Azam suffered discomfort in his right calf muscle and was ruled out of the five-match T20I series against New Zealand while Ihsanullah is currently in England to undergo treatment for his elbow injury.

“For us, every player and their treatment are important for us, I am monitoring the situation myself,” Naqvi said. “I have already formed a medical board to examine Ihsanullah’s treatment carefully.”

He also provided an update on the vice-captaincy dilemma saying that the selectors are in constant talks over the matter and the decision will be made soon.

“We are under talks with the selectors over the vice-captaincy, it will be decided and announced before our next series,” Naqvi added.

Remember, the PCB finalised the deal for the Champions Trophy with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in December.

The event will mark the return of the ICC Champions Trophy after an eight-year gap since its last occurrence in 2017, which Pakistan won. 

For the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, a total of eight teams will participate, following the One Day International (ODI) format. The qualification process involved the top seven teams from the ICC ODI World Cup group stage, along with the host nation, Pakistan, securing their positions for this upcoming tournament.

The teams confirmed for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy are:

Pakistan (hosts), India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England, Bangladesh