The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to move forward without a backup plan for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, set to take place early next year, despite India’s reservations about participating.

Indian officials have stated that their team’s decision to visit Pakistan will rest with their government. However, the PCB remains optimistic, firmly believing that India will travel to Lahore for the tournament.

No Plan B: PCB’s Firm Stance

The Champions Trophy is a significant event for Pakistan, marking the return of a global cricket tournament to the country after a long hiatus. Despite uncertainties surrounding India’s participation, the PCB is determined to host all matches in Pakistan.

Source: Cricinfo

PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi has made it clear multiple times that there are no plans to adopt a hybrid model similar to the one used for the Asia Cup.

Hybrid Model Challenges

During the Asia Cup last year, the hybrid model involved co-hosting with Sri Lanka and faced numerous logistical and financial challenges. These challenges left unresolved disputes between the PCB, Sri Lanka, and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Learning from this experience, the PCB has decided against any contingency plan involving alternate venues or co-hosts. There have been no discussions with the UAE about potential co-hosting arrangements.

India’s Participation?

PCB officials remain confident that India will play its scheduled matches in Lahore as per the proposed schedule.

Source: Cricinfo

Efforts are already underway to upgrade stadiums in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, with renovations expected to be completed by December. To ensure world-class facilities, the PCB has enlisted the expertise of a foreign company known for its proven track record in stadium design.

The board aims to provide cricket fans with an enhanced viewing experience once the renovations are complete, making specific modifications to the initial designs.


As the ICC Champions Trophy approaches, the PCB’s confidence in hosting all matches in Pakistan remains unshaken. By focusing on upgrading stadiums and dismissing the idea of a hybrid model, the PCB is gearing up to welcome teams and fans to a memorable tournament, hoping for India’s participation to complete the picture.

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