Champions Trophy 2025: New PCB chairman Mohsin Naqvi wants ‘participation assurance’ from BCCI at Dubai Meet | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Newly appointed PCB chief Mohsin Naqvi is expected to seek assurance from BCCI secretary Jay Shah regarding India’s participation in the Champions Trophy 2025 in Pakistan during the ICC Meeting in Dubai next week.
However, it seems unlikely that significant progress will be made at this stage as the tournament is nearly a year away.
At the meet, Naqvi is likely to discuss the matter with key figures in the ICC as well as Jay Shah but considering that the tournament is slated for February-March in 2025, the BCCI is not likely to straightaway commit to sending the team to Pakistan.
While Champions Trophy is an ICC tournament and with every other cricketing nation travelling to Pakistan, the BCCI will not entirely close its door but any clearance from the government of India will not come at least weeks before the tournament commences.
“The biggest worry for the PCB is whether India will send its team to Pakistan and there is no repeat of last year’s Asia Cup issues,” a PCB source said, citing the ‘Hybrid Model’ that was used last year.
Last year, PCB was forced to agree to a sharing formula under which it hosted four games of the Asia Cup and the rest were held in Sri Lanka since the BCCI made it clear that it cannot send its team to Pakistan because of non-clearance from its government.
“This is an ICC event and Pakistan went last year to India for the World Cup. Naqvi will try to convince the ICC and BCCI that they need to confirm that India will be coming to Pakistan as early as possible as it will help promote the CT for them,” the source added.
“Naqvi will try to assure the BCCI representatives that with elections (in Pakistan) completed and a new government in place, there will be no security or other concerns for them to play in Pakistan.”
The last time India toured Pakistan was back in 2008 when it played in the Asia Cup and since Pakistan has thrice been to India for the ICC World Cup events in 2011 (ODI World Cup), 2016 (T20 World Cup) and 2023 (ODI World Cup).
The source said Naqvi will also brief the ICC board about the upgradation of stadiums in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi and the Pakistan government’s stance on India playing in Pakistan.
When a BCCI source was asked, he gave a standard reply.
“Playing in Pakistan is something that only Indian government can decide and BCCI will have to follow the government diktat. Also it is too early to even ask for government’s permission and if their new chairman is expecting some kind of assurance in March 2024 for a tournament in Feb-March 2025, he is mistaken,” the BCCI source said.
(With inputs from PTI)


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