The International governing body of cricket chairman Greg Barclay says they wouldn't have awarded the event if they didn't think Pakistan was capable of hosting it
LAHORE: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Nov 23rd, 2021) International Cricket Council (ICC) is confident that all cricket teams including India’s will travel to Pakistan to play 20 2025 Champions Trophy.
According to Reuters, the 50-over tournament would be the first ICC event hosted by Pakistan since it shared the 1996 World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and last week's announcement came as a big boost after England and New Zealand pulled out of tours there in September.
There were fears the decisions by New Zealand and England would again dampen the prospects of international cricket in Pakistan but Australia confirmed this month they would tour next year for the first time since 1998.
India hosted Pakistan in a bilateral series in 2013 but the bitter neighbours rarely meet outside global tournaments these days. Pakistan played in India at the 2011 World Cup as well as the T20 World Cup in 2016.
"We know it's a challenging issue," Barclay said. "From my point of view, I can't control geopolitical forces.
"I just hope cricket can be a force to help improve relations between countries. One of the great things sports can do is to help bring nations together. If we can do something in a small way to contribute to that, that's fantastic."