PCB sends draft schedule for Champions Trophy 2025 to ICC for approval

The tournament will be held in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi from February 19 to March 9

By Web Desk
June 10, 2024
Pakistan are the defending champions. - ICC

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent the schedule of next year's ICC Champions Trophy to the ICC for final approval.

According to the draft schedule, the tournament will be held in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi from February 19 to March 9.

Seven matches, including the final, will be held in Lahore. Karachi's National Stadium will host the opening match and a semi-final. There will be a total of three matches in Karachi. Rawalpindi will host five matches, including a semi-final.

There will be a total of 15 matches in the tournament with India set to play all of their matches in Lahore.

According to sources, modern corporate boxes will be built in place of the PCB headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium but the entire building will not be demolished. The dressing rooms that have been built recently will stay in place. The capacity of spectators in Fazal Mahmood and Imran Khan Enclosure will be increased and will be further elevated from behind the existing structure.

New digital screens will be installed at Lahore, Karachi and Pindi Stadium. The building condition of Karachi's National Stadium will be improved and a new media centre will be built at the University End with a scoreboard.

This event will mark the return of the ICC Champions Trophy after an eight-year hiatus, with its last occurrence in 2017, when Pakistan emerged victorious by defeating India in the final.

The teams confirmed for the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy include Pakistan (hosts), India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England, and Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, last month, the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Rajeev Shukla opened up about the Indian team’s tour of Pakistan for the Champions Trophy next year.

While speaking to ANI, Shukla said the BCCI will follow the directives of the federal government on sending Indian team to Pakistan.

“In the case of the Champion Trophy, we will do whatever the Government of India will tell us to do. We send our team only when the Government of India gives us permission. So, we will go according to the decision of the Indian government,” Shukla said.