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Pakistan will Face India in the ICC Champions Trophy on March 1 in Lahore

According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed March 1 as the date for the historic ICC Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and India in Lahore. The revised schedule has been sent to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the boards of seven other participating countries and the official broadcaster.

Group A consists of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and New Zealand. Group B consists of Australia, England, South Africa and Afghanistan. Three teams in each group will face each other once, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

As part of the ICC Champions Trophy, three, seven and five matches will be played in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi respectively.

The competition will begin on February 19 in Karachi and conclude with the final in Lahore on March 9. In case of inclement weather, March 10 will serve as a backup date for the final.

Karachi and Rawalpindi will host the semi-finals as per the current schedule. But if India advances to the semifinals, the tournament’s semifinals will be held in Lahore, Pakistan’s planned home base for the Indian team due to security concerns as well as the city’s proximity to India.

Due to ongoing political tensions between the two neighbours, the Indian government has banned the national cricket team from visiting Pakistan for many years.

Due to India’s refusal to travel to Pakistan for the 50-over Asia Cup last year, Sri Lanka stepped in to co-host all of India’s games, including the championship match, leading to a costly logistical nightmare for the event’s organizers. The dream was faced.

The Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) has earlier announced that their government’s opinion will be taken into account while deciding whether or not to travel to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy.

However, after their government approved the tour, Pakistan toured India for the 50-over World Cup in late 2023, raising the possibility that India could follow suit for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

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