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BCCI VP Shukla breaks silence on India’s tour to Pakistan for Champions Trophy

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The Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajeev Shukla on Monday, provided a major update on India men’s cricket team tour to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy 2025.

Speaking to ANI, Shukla stated that the BCCI will follow the instructions of the federal government on sending the Indian team to Pakistan for the ICC event.

“In the case of the Champion Trophy, we will do whatever the Government of India will tell us to do,” revealed Shukla.

“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,” he added.

It is worth mentioning here that India refused to tour Pakistan for last year’s Asia Cup and the continental event was thus, held in a hybrid model with Sri Lanka emerging as a co-host.

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As per the hybrid model, Pakistan could host only four matches while the rest of the games were played in Sri Lanka including the final.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has raced up the preparations to host the Champions Trophy 2025 and shortlisted three venues — Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi in the initial draft schedule, proposed to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Sources further claimed that the cricket board also proposed to host all the India matches at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, also poised to host the final, to minimise the team’s travelling as a security measure.

The eight-team tournament is slated to be held in February next year in Pakistan and is likely to span for over two weeks.

The Champions Trophy 2025 will feature India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, England, and Bangladesh while hosts Pakistan will defend the title.

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