New Delhi. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced a busy schedule for the next 10 years. One of the biggest discussion points was Pakistan being declared the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy. Pakistan hosting the ICC tournament is a major topic of discussion and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has shared his views on this. Anurag Thakur has told whether the ‘Men in Blue’ (Team India) will tour Pakistan for the Champions Trophy 2025 tournament or not.
Actually, due to the political tension between the two countries, India and Pakistan now clash only in ICC events. It has been a long time since India last toured Pakistan for any series. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Anurag Thakur said that the Ministry of Home Affairs will be involved in this decision and a decision will be taken only after a lot of assessment.
Anurag Thakur said, Home Ministry will be involved in the decision
Anurag Thakur said, “When the time comes, we will see what to do. The Home Ministry will be involved in the decision making. Recently many countries have withdrawn from going to Pakistan due to security reasons. Will take stock of the security again at that time and take a decision.” Let us tell you that the big cricket competition will return to Pakistan after more than two decades, when the country will host the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in 2025.
India hosted three tournaments
The ICC Board on Tuesday handed over the hosting of the 2025 Champions Trophy to Pakistan. Also the US and West Indies were jointly selected as the hosts of the 2024 T20 World Cup. This will be the first global competition in North America. According to the announcement, India has got to host three ICC events in the next round, 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.
‘There is every possibility that Pakistan may have to host in the UAE’
Pakistan, the co-host of the 1996 World Cup, has not been able to host many international matches 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 the tournament will 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 he may have to host in the UAE.”
8 ICC men’s tournaments to be held from 2023 to 2031
The governing body of the game said on Tuesday that 14 members of the ICC will host the ICC men’s competitions from 2023 to 2031. “11 Full Members and three Associate Members have been selected to host two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, four ICC Men’s T20 World Cups and two ICC Men’s Champions Trophy,” the ICC said in a release.
America and Namibia will host for the first time
According to the statement, “The United States and Namibia will host the ICC World Cup event for the first time. Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe have hosted major events in the past and will do so again in the next decade.