Ramiz Raja, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has assured that all participating teams will play in the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy, which will be held in Pakistan.
During an online press conference, the former captain stated that the PCB is fully capable of hosting a major ICC tournament in an efficient and secure manner.
He went on to say that Pakistan was awarded the hosting rights for the 2025 Champions Trophy by the International Cricket Council (ICC) following a rigorous screening process that demonstrated that Pakistan has what it takes to organize such tournaments.
Chairman PCB went on to say that the board will do everything possible to address the concerns of the participating teams in order to ensure that no team is left behind.
withdraws from the 2025 Champions Trophy at the last minute He stated that Pakistan was dealing with a lot of negativity following the cancellation of New Zealand’s tour at the eleventh hour and England’s tour.
Remember how New Zealand canceled their tour of Pakistan just minutes before the first ODI in September? England followed in their footsteps, canceling their October tour of Pakistan. He added that Pakistan’s receipt of the hosting rights for the 2025 Champions Trophy is a watershed moment for Pakistan’s cricket ambitions, as it was difficult to persuade the ICC and participating teams to come to the country following the two aforementioned incidents.
The Chairman PCB’s remarks come after Indian Sports Minister Anurag Thakur threatened to pull out of the 2025 Champions Trophy just a day after the ICC announced Pakistan as the host country.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced earlier this week the hosts of all major white-ball tournaments are scheduled to take place between 2024 and 2031. There will be eight ICC tournaments during this time period, with 14 countries hosting them.
India was awarded the hosting rights to three of the eight tournaments, while Pakistan was awarded only one. However, Pakistan’s selection as the sole host of a major ICC tournament following a difficult period did not sit well with their arch-rivals. India