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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has greenlit PCB’s appeal, preventing any country from using security excuses to evade participation in the Champions Trophy 2025 on Pakistan soil, as per local media disclosures.

Earlier reservations raised by the former PCB management committee, backed by insights from ICC-distributed documents and legal counsel, saw an impasse in discussions. Despite a visit by ICC Chairman Greg Barclay and CEO Geoff Allardice in May, the issue lingered until recently.

Pakistan’s firm stance prevailed, vouching to seek an impartial security agency’s assessment if any nation hesitated over security concerns.

The slated plans involve exclusive hosting the tournament in Pakistan, albeit looming apprehensions regarding the Indian team’s potential absence due to governmental constraints. The ICC is yet to decide on this critical aspect.

Speculations hint at potential relocation of certain matches to the UAE if India opts out, necessitating additional expenses and probable adjustments in the tournament format, an aspect the ICC is actively deliberating.

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Zaka Ashraf, head of the PCB management committee, convened with Khalid Al Zarooni from the Emirates Cricket Board, fostering collaborative relations despite the Champions Trophy not being a focal point of discussion.

The formalization of Pakistan’s hosting rights for the Champions Trophy 2025 was sealed only recently in Dubai, marking the resolution of a prolonged deadlock.

Zaka Ashraf, flanked by ICC General Counsel Jonathan Hall, inked the crucial agreement at the ICC headquarters.

Notably, the PCB has apprised the government of the imperative need for stringent security measures to ensure the safety of visiting teams during the prestigious tournament.

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, in a recent meeting with the PCB Management Committee Chairman, pledged full cooperation from security agencies, cementing commitments for the successful execution of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025.

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