Pakistan has been awarded the hosting rights to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2025. This will be the first ICC event that will be hosted by Pakistan in more than two decades. Pakistan previously hosted the 50-over World Cup in 1996 alongside Sri Lanka and India, but the country has been starved of international cricket since 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan Team in Lahore.
The ICC has now awarded the hosting rights of the 2025 ICC Champions Trophy to Pakistan as the international cricket body confirmed the 14 host countries of all the men’s cricket matches from 2024-2034. 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 events.
The USA and Namibia will host the ICC World Cup event for the first time ever, while Australia, Bangladesh, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, Sri Lank, South Africa, West Indies, and Zimbabwe have all previously hosted major cricket events.
This is an exciting news for cricket fans in Pakistan as international cricket is returning to the country. It is pertinent to mention that Pakistan will be hosting the matches with England, Australia, and New Zealand in 2022 as well after the recent setback and cancellation of the New Zealand Tour due to fake threats issued by India over social media.
It bears mentioning that Pakistan has been holding the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the event which includes several international cricket players, matches in the country (with few exceptions due to the coronavirus pandemic). Pakistan will now finally host major tournaments in the future, including the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.