The big cricket tournament will return to Pakistan after more than two decades when the country hosts the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Champions Trophy in 2025. The ICC on Tuesday handed over the hosting of the 2025 Champions Trophy to Pakistan. Also the US and West Indies were jointly chosen as the hosts of the 2024 T20 World Cup. This will be the first global competition in North America. India has hosted three ICC tournaments, including the 2026 T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup to be held in 2031. India will co-host the 50-over World Cup along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Apart from this, India will also host the 2029 Champions Trophy alone.
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Pakistan, the co-host of the 1996 World Cup, has not been able to host many international matches in the country after the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009. The Champions Trophy was last held in the UK in 2017 and will see the tournament return to the ICC calendar after eight years. New Zealand and England had recently pulled out of the tour of Pakistan and it remains to be seen whether the teams eventually prepare to tour the country.
Amid the possibility of hesitation to travel to Pakistan, the source said, “There is every possibility that they may have to host in the UAE.” The game’s governing body said on Tuesday that 14 members of the ICC will host ICC men’s tournaments between 2023 and 2031.