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ICC confident all teams will travel to Pakistan for 2025 Champions Trophy


Nov 23 (Reuters) – India’s participation within the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan is a “challenging” subject for the International Cricket Council however the world governing physique mentioned it’s confident all teams will travel to the nation for the event.

International sides have largely steered away from Pakistan since an assault by Islamist militants on the Sri Lanka group bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.

The 50-over event will be the primary ICC occasion hosted by Pakistan because it shared the 1996 World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and final week’s announcement got here as an enormous enhance after England and New Zealand pulled out of excursions there in September.

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Asked if the ICC was confident teams would travel to Pakistan, chairman Greg Barclay informed reporters on Monday: “From what we can see, absolutely.

“We would not have awarded the occasion if we did not suppose Pakistan was able to internet hosting it.

“I’m sure, as with all countries, they will put together appropriate security plans to deliver the event. We’re comfortable and confident it will go ahead.”

There have been fears the selections by New Zealand and England would once more dampen the prospects of worldwide cricket in Pakistan however Australia confirmed this month they might tour subsequent yr for the primary time since 1998.

The prospects of India travelling to Pakistan for the primary time for the reason that 2008 Asia Cup stay unclear, nevertheless.

Anurag Thakur, India’s sports minister and former cricket board chief, informed reporters final week safety was the principle concern and that the federal government would make the decision when the time comes.

India hosted Pakistan in a bilateral collection in 2013 however the bitter neighbours not often meet outdoors international tournaments nowadays. Pakistan performed in India on the 2011 World Cup in addition to the T20 World Cup in 2016.

“We know it’s a challenging issue,” Barclay mentioned. “From my point of view, I can’t control geo-political forces.

“I simply hope cricket could be a power to assist enhance relations between nations. One of the good issues sports can do is to assist deliver nations collectively. If we will do one thing in a small means to contribute to that, that is implausible.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; enhancing by Peter Rutherford

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