Pakistan has been awarded the right to host the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025. This will be Pakistan’s first ICC event since the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup, which they co-hosted with India and Sri Lanka.
Pakistan is the defending champions of the ICC Champions Trophy, having won the previous edition in 2017 in England by 180 runs against India.
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The tournament will be held entirely in Pakistan, with the top eight international teams competing. The tournament is scheduled to begin in February 2025. This is a significant step forward for Pakistan cricket, which has been denied access to international matches in the country since the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team. Pakistan’s cricket future looks bright, as the country will host England, Australia, and New Zealand next year.
Over the last few years, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made valiant efforts to reintroduce cricket to the country. Pakistan Super League (PSL), the country’s premier T20 tournament, is now entirely held in Pakistan (barring a few exceptions due to Covid-19), South Africa recently toured Pakistan for a Test and ODI series, the World XI toured the country a few years ago, and Zimbabwe, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have all toured the country multiple times in recent years.
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