Will India play the Champions Trophy in Pakistan? Report reveals PCB suggestion to CCI

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Pakistani cricket authorities have suggested the International Cricket Council to schedule India's qualifying round matches in a single city during the Champions Trophy next year. The Pakistan Cricket Board, which is expected to host the next edition of the Champions Trophy in 2025, has chosen three cities of Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore, which will also win the final, as the venues to host the tournament. “ICC Managing Director Wasim Khan also recently visited Lahore where he discussed the CT arrangements with senior PCB officials and it was suggested that the Indian team's travel itinerary should be kept to a minimum,” informed a PCB source.

The source added that India may play their first qualifying round matches in Karachi before traveling to the knockout stages venues.

With their cricket commitments limited to ICC tournaments, the Indian cricket team has not played in Pakistan since 2008.

Last year, the Indian cricket board did not send the national team for the Asia Cup which was eventually played in Pakistan and Sri Lanka in a hybrid model.

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi maintained that all teams would play the Champions Trophy in Pakistan as per schedule.

He also informed that renovation work on the stadium would begin soon with the tournament scheduled to be held in February-March 2025.

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