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The International Cricket Council (ICC) delegation on Tuesday paid a visit to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium and reviewed the arrangements for the Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to be held in February 2025.

ICC Event Operations team, including Senior Manager Sarah Edgar, and Manager Aoun Zaidi inspected various facilities at the stadium including the field, dugouts, and media accommodations.

In addition, they evaluated the VIP boxes, digital screens, and the practical path from the hotel to the stadium.

The ICC delegation will then travel to Islamabad for the final phase of the inspection where they will be joined by Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events.

Tetley is poised to meet the newly-appointed PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi in Islamabad.

Following the completion of the inspection, the delegation will then compile a report and share it with the ICC and member nations.

Earlier on Monday, the ICC delegation visited Karachi’s National Bank Stadium.

The team inspected various facilities of the National Bank Stadium while the management of the stadium briefed the delegation regarding the arrangements for the upcoming tournament.

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Last year in December, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) signed the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 hosting rights agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai.

According to a statement, the former PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf was joined by ICC General Counsel Jonathan Hall in the signing of the hosting rights to Pakistan at the ICC headquarters.

The PCB in its capacity has already intimated the government to provide foolproof security to visiting international teams for the Champions Trophy.

For the unversed, ICC, in November 2021, announced a series of international cricket competitions for both men and men in the 2024–2031 cycle, which also features the 2025 and 2029 Champions Trophy editions.

The ICC Champions Trophy 2025 will be an eight-tournament and the structure will follow previous editions with two groups of four, semi-finals and final.

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