Pakistan will host an Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) occasion after greater than twenty years, the cricket’s governing physique introduced Tuesday.
Pakistan final staged an ICC occasion in 1996 once they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka, however the nation has been largely starved of worldwide cricket for the reason that 2009 assault on the touring Sri Lanka crew bus in Lahore.
Pakistan will host the Champions Trophy in 2025, the ICC mentioned in an announcement.
The event got here because the ICC confirmed the 14 host nations of ICC males’s white-ball occasions from 2024-2031.
Eleven full members and three affiliate members have been chosen to host two ICC Males’s Cricket World Cups, 4 ICC Males’s T20 World Cups, and two ICC Males’s Champions Trophy occasions.
The USA and Namibia will host an ICC World Cup occasion for the primary time. In the meantime, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Eire, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Zimbabwe have beforehand staged main occasions and can accomplish that once more over the subsequent decade.
The hosts had been chosen by way of a aggressive bidding course of overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden together with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt.
The ICC board accepted the suggestions of the committee who carried out an intensive overview of every bid together with ICC administration.
An analogous course of to establish the hosts for ICC Ladies’s and U19s occasions for the subsequent cycle shall be undertaken early subsequent yr.
PCB chairman ‘delighted’
In response, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja thanked the ICC for awarding the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 to Pakistan, saying the occasion will showcase Pakistan’s ardour for the game, an announcement from the PCB mentioned.
The ICC Board’s choice means Pakistan will defend the ICC Champions Trophy title of their yard when the eight-team and 15-match match is held at three iconic venues in February 2025. Pakistan had defeated India by 180 runs within the 2017 match at The Oval.
“I’m happy no-end with the ICC’s choice to pick Pakistan as a bunch nation for one among their elite tournaments. By allocating a serious international occasion to Pakistan, the ICC has expressed full confidence and religion in our administration and operational capabilities and expertise,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got continued to reveal how an awesome host we’re and thru the ICC Champions Trophy 2025, we’ll once more showcase our ardour and love for the game as this occasion shall be a boon to the tens of millions of dwelling followers, who will see world class groups and their favorite worldwide gamers from shut quarters,” he added.
“We not solely endeavour to plan and ship a world-class occasion, we will even put together and discipline a powerful and formidable aspect that may carry out and entertain our dwelling followers. We noticed throughout the ICC Males’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign how the nation received united and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 at dwelling shall be one other alternative to additional strengthen that bond as we defend the title,” Raja mentioned.