Champions Trophy: India-Pakistan match in Lahore! Rohit-Babar's teams may clash on March 1

Orhan Wadia
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New Delhi. The Indian cricket team has not yet returned home after winning the T20 World Cup and its biggest match of 2025 has been decided. The ICC Champions Trophy is to be held in Pakistan next year. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released the possible schedule of the Champions Trophy. In this, the India-Pakistan match has been scheduled on March 1. However, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has not yet agreed to this. This tournament will be played from February 19 to March 9 next year. March 10 will be a 'reserve day' in this.

A senior ICC board member on Wednesday gave information about the possible schedule of the Champions Trophy. According to sources, PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi has presented a schedule of 15 matches. In this, India's matches have been kept in Lahore due to security and 'logistic' reasons. Naqvi was invited to Barbados to watch the T20 World Cup final. A total of 15 matches will be played between 8 teams in the Champions Trophy 2025.

The ICC board member said, “PCB has submitted the draft schedule of 15 matches of ICC Champions Trophy. In this, seven matches have been scheduled in Lahore, three matches in Karachi and five matches in Rawalpindi.” The source said, “The first match has been scheduled in Karachi while two semi-finals will be held in Karachi and Rawalpindi while the final will be held in Lahore. All the matches of India (including the semi-final in case the team qualifies) have been scheduled in Lahore.” India has been placed in Group A along with Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Group B includes Australia, South Africa, England and Afghanistan.

Recently, ICC tournament chief Chris Tetley met PCB chairman Naqvi in ​​Islamabad. Earlier, the world body's security team inspected the venue and other arrangements. The last time Pakistan hosted the Asia Cup in 2023 as per the 'hybrid model', India played its matches in Sri Lanka. The Indian government did not allow the players to travel to Pakistan.

The source said, 'All the board heads (except BCCI) of the countries participating in the ICC Champions Trophy have given full support but BCCI will update the ICC after consulting the government.' Also, ICC cannot force any board to go against the policy of its government. It will be interesting to see what decision BCCI takes in this matter. (input language)

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