Indian government to decide on India’s participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan

Just just one working day just after the ICC awarded the rights to the 2025 Champions Trophy to be played in Pakistan, the Indian government has expressed apprehensions about participation in the global tournament. Anurag Thakur, India’s sporting activities minster and former BCCI president, on Wednesday, said that the Indian government will monitor the safety problem at the time in Pakistan in advance of getting a determination on no matter whether the India team will journey for the eight-team global tournament.

“The Indian government – the Home Ministry – has earlier also made its determination,” Thakur informed reporters in Delhi on Wednesday. “When these kinds of global tournaments take place quite a few things are viewed as.

“Even in the earlier, you would have viewed many international locations have pulled out to go there (Pakistan) and engage in simply because the problem there is not regular. Protection is the principal obstacle there, like teams have been attacked in the earlier, which is a worry. So when the time arrives, the Indian government will acquire a determination based on the conditions then.”

The Champions Trophy is the 1st ICC tournament that will be hosted in Pakistan since the 1996 men’s ODI Earth Cup which was co-hosted by two other international locations: India and Sri Lanka. No Indian team has played cricket in Pakistan since the 2008 Asia Cup.

The two neighbours have not played any bilateral cricket in Pakistan since Rahul Dravid’s facet travelled to Pakistan in 2005-06 for a complete tour comprising a few Assessments and 5 ODIs. Pakistan toured India for a reciprocal tour in 2007-08 but the strained political equation among their governments since then has restricted ties to just one white-ball bilateral sequence in 2012-13 in India and game titles among the two in ICC tournaments. Pakistan traveled to India to engage in in the 2011 ODI Earth Cup semi-final and afterwards to take part in the 2016 T20 Earth Cup.