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Lahore set for India vs Pakistan showdown in Champions Trophy 2025, PCB submits draft schedule to ICC

Lahore set for India vs Pakistan showdown in Champions Trophy 2025, PCB submits draft schedule to ICC

The cricketing world now waits with bated breath for a decision from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian government.

The cricketing rivalry between India and Pakistan is set to reignite in eight months’ time, with the arch-rivals scheduled to meet in the upcoming Champions Trophy. The highly anticipated clash will take place in Lahore, Pakistan, according to a draft schedule submitted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Lahore gears up for India vs Pakistan

The India vs Pakistan match will be the final league game of the 15-match tournament, scheduled to be played between February 19 and March 9, 2025 as per Cricbuzz.

Lahore’s iconic cricket stadium is poised to host this marquee event, subject to approval from the Indian government.

Security concerns over Champions Trophy 2025

While the PCB has planned for matches across three cities – Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi – the possibility of India playing in Pakistan remains a question mark.

Security concerns and sour political relations have historically impacted bilateral series between the two nations.

Hybrid model for CT 2025

If the Indian government doesn’t grant permission for the team to travel to Pakistan, the Champions Trophy might adopt a hybrid format similar to the 2023 Asia Cup. In that scenario, the UAE would likely host India’s matches.

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PCB starts preparations

Despite the uncertainty surrounding India’s participation in Pakistan, the PCB is reportedly instructed to continue preparations as planned.

The proposed schedule allocates the opening match and both semifinals to Karachi and Rawalpindi, respectively, with the final slated for Lahore.

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Eyes on BCCI and Indian Government

The cricketing world waits with bated breath for a decision from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian government. Whether the India-Pakistan clash takes place in the electrifying atmosphere of Lahore or follows a hybrid format remains to be seen.

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