2025 Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan in Lahore

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Just days after clinching their second ICC Men's T20 World Cup title, the Indian Cricket Team, led by Rohit Sharma, is gearing up for a showdown with Pakistan in the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy.

According to recent reports, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has submitted its draft for the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduling an India-Pakistan match at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on March 1, 2025.

However, it remains uncertain whether India will agree to travel to Pakistan, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to give its approval.

"All board chiefs of the ICC Champions Trophy participating countries, except BCCI, have assured their complete support.

BCCI will consult its government and update the ICC," an ICC board member told PTI.

Pakistan is set to host the ICC event from February 19 to March 9, with March 10 reserved as a backup day for the final.

Details reveal that India is placed in Group A alongside Pakistan, Bangladesh, and New Zealand. Group B consists of Australia, South Africa, England, and Afghanistan.

Previously, PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi, who was invited to the T20 World Cup final in Barbados, had submitted a 15-match schedule.

All of India's games are set to be held in Lahore for security and logistical reasons, as reported by PTI.

"The PCB has submitted the draft for the 15-match ICC Champions Trophy, with seven games in Lahore, three in Karachi, and five in Rawalpindi," an ICC source told PTI.

"The opening match will be held in Karachi, with the two semifinals in Karachi and Rawalpindi, and the final in Lahore.

All India matches, including the semifinal if the team qualifies, will be in Lahore," the source added.

In 2023, Pakistan co-hosted the Asia Cup, along with Sri Lanka, in a 'Hybrid Model' where India played its Asia Cup matches in Sri Lanka.


Source: livemint

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