India won't travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy 2025: report

Pakistan are in line to host an international cricket event for the first since the 1996 World Cup

By Web Desk
April 23, 2024
Pakistan will host Champions Trophy in February/March 2025. - ICC

Team India may not travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy next year, and the venue for the event will likely get relocated or a hybrid model might be used, a BCCI source told IANS on Tuesday.

Pakistan are in line to host an international cricket event for the first since the 1996 World Cup and the major venues across the country are being upgraded.

Recently, PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi on Monday said that they would think about a bilateral series with India if they send their team to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy.

Meanwhile, India have shut down the talks for a bilateral series once again and said that they might not send a team to Pakistan for the ICC event next year.

"Forget bilateral series...Team India may not even travel to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy. There might be a change of venue, a hybrid model is also possible," a BCCI source said.

"The Indian board would need permission from the government for travel, currently our relations with Pakistan are not that good either,” the source added.

“Champions Trophy is an ICC event, so it would be a tough call for India but nothing without the government's order/green signal. Bilateral series, I don't see in the near future, that's next to impossible.”

Remember, the talks emerged for the bilateral Test series after India's captain, Rohit Sharma, mentioned in an interview with the Club Prairie Fire podcast that it would be awesome for India to play Pakistan in a Test match hosted by a neutral country.

“It’ll be a good contest, especially if you play overseas conditions. They’re [Pakistan] a good team. They have got a superb bowling lineup… At the end of the day, we want to be in a contest and I think it will be a great contest between the two sides.

"We anyway play them in ICC trophies, so it doesn’t matter. It’s just pure cricket that I’m looking at. I’m not interested in anything else. It’s pure cricket, the game between bat and ball. It’ll be a great contest," he added.

India and Pakistan last competed in a Test match in the 2007/08 season and their last bilateral white-ball series was in 2012/13, when Pakistan visited India for an ODI and T20I series.

Currently, the two nations only face each other in events like the Asia Cup and global tournaments, including the 50-over World Cup, where India triumphed over Pakistan on home turf last year, and the T20 World Cup.

The Indian government currently does not endorse bilateral matches against Pakistan due to significant political tensions between the two nations.


    Shamraiz commented a month ago

    Very good decision from India as we deserve worst disgrace because indian knows paki officials will be agreed to shift the venue for their own interest

    Zaeem commented a month ago

    Not acceptable, India should visit in the best interest of relationships between both neighbours and to throw out politics from sports

    i think pakistan should boycot to play againt india in any kind of cricket against india. commented a month ago

    pakistan should not play against india in any ground and any format.

    Aimal khan commented a month ago

    Pak official are also our current government official's,what will we expect from shoe polishers....

    Saeed Memon commented a month ago

    If India doesn't want to play in Pakistan. So be it. We should neither beg India for play nor should Pakistan travel to India for any match. National dignity, honour and pride should come first and given preference over every other interest.

    Hamza commented a month ago

    Mohsin naqvi sb agar india nae ati tu na ai. Tarly krna ki zarort nae. Or matches Pakistan e hona chiya nae tu worldcup ma b team nae bhjni chiya

    Kamran Ahmed commented a month ago

    Pakistan Shouldn't Play In India Or Against India.. Any where in The World...❣️...