PCB faces challenges as 2025 ICC Champions Trophy looms

The PCB has not yet formulated an alternative plan in case India decides against touring Pakistan

PCB faces challenges as 2025 ICC Champions Trophy looms PHOTO: AFP

The hosting rights for the 2025 Champions Trophy have been granted to Pakistan by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Last December, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formalized the hosting agreement with the ICC in Dubai. Although the PCB recently announced a significant financial commitment to upgrade three major stadiums for the event, numerous unresolved issues continue to persist.

Amidst the prevailing circumstances, the prospect of the Indian cricket team touring Pakistan appears doubtful. Considering this, the adoption of a hybrid model, similar to the 2023 Asia Cup, could result in increased expenses.

According to sources, India is inclined towards playing its Champions Trophy matches on their home grounds, while the PCB remains undecided. The option of the UAE serving as a host for India's matches is on the table.

Complicating matters further is the scheduling of the Champions Trophy in February and March, overlapping with other prominent cricket leagues like the Pakistan Super League (PSL), SA20, Bangladesh Premier League, and ILT20. As of now, neither the board nor the franchises are aware when the tenth edition of PSL will be held next year.

The new PCB chairman, Mohsin Naqvi, is set to represent the board in the upcoming International Cricket Council meeting next week. Naqvi aims to engage in open discussions with the ICC and Indian board authorities on matters pertaining to the Champions Trophy, seeking resolutions and clarity.