ICC self-confident all groups will journey to Pakistan for 2025 Champions Trophy

Britain Cricket – Pakistan v India – 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Last – The Oval – June 18, 2017 Pakistan rejoice profitable the ICC Champions Trophy. Motion Photographs by means of Reuters / Paul Childs

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Nov 23 (Reuters) – India’s participation in the 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan is a “demanding” difficulty for the Intercontinental Cricket Council but the planet governing system explained it is self-assured all groups will vacation to the place for the event.

International sides have mainly steered clear of Pakistan because an attack by Islamist militants on the Sri Lanka staff bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed 6 policemen and two civilians.

The 50-over event will be the initially ICC occasion hosted by Pakistan since it shared the 1996 Environment Cup with India and Sri Lanka and last week’s announcement arrived as a large raise just after England and New Zealand pulled out of tours there in September.

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Questioned if the ICC was confident teams would vacation to Pakistan, chairman Greg Barclay instructed reporters on Monday: “From what we can see, completely.

“We would not have awarded the occasion if we failed to believe Pakistan was able of hosting it.

“I’m certain, as with all nations around the world, they will put alongside one another correct protection plans to deliver the celebration. We are comfy and confident it will go ahead.”

There have been fears the choices by New Zealand and England would all over again dampen the prospective clients of worldwide cricket in Pakistan but Australia verified this month they would tour upcoming yr for the 1st time since 1998.

The prospects of India travelling to Pakistan for the initially time because the 2008 Asia Cup remain unclear, nonetheless.

Anurag Thakur, India’s sporting activities minister and former cricket board chief, instructed reporters last 7 days protection was the primary worry and that the govt would make the phone when the time will come.

India hosted Pakistan in a bilateral sequence in 2013 but the bitter neighbours rarely meet up with outside the house world wide tournaments these days. Pakistan played in India at the 2011 Environment Cup as properly as the T20 Globe Cup in 2016.

“We know it can be a tough situation,” Barclay claimed. “From my place of look at, I won’t be able to control geo-political forces.

“I just hope cricket can be a power to assistance boost relations concerning countries. One particular of the great points sporting activities can do is to assist provide nations jointly. If we can do a thing in a tiny way to lead to that, that is great.”

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai modifying by Peter Rutherford

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