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PCB planning to host Champions Trophy, World Cup in 2024-2031 cycle

PCB last hosted an ICC event — the 1996 World Cup — jointly with India and Sri Lanka.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping to host a few ICC events during the 2024 to 2031 cycle. Pakistan hasn’t hosted an ICC event for more than two decades now. PCB last hosted an ICC event — the 1996 World Cup — jointly with India and Sri Lanka. Though the Men in Green had the rights for conducting the 2008 Champions Trophy and 2011 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) took away the hosting rights due to security reasons.

Reports suggest that ICC has asked for an expression of interest from its member countries to host ICC events between 2024 to 2031. PCB is planning to bid to host the Champions Trophy alone. Meanwhile, the Pakistan board also wish to co-host the ODI World Cup in any other Asian country except India.

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ICC has formed an independent panel that will look after all the bids and will then announce the final decision next year. Pakistan has four venues in Karachi, Lahore, Rawa­l­pindi, and Multan which can easily host the eight-team Champions Trophy. Also, PCB believes that they have been successful in eliminating the security factor and are competent enough to host the ICC event.

However,  the chances of Pakistan getting the hosting rights for an ICC event are extremely slim. India has a strong influence on ICC and they will never agree to play in Pakistan. The strained political relations between India and Pakistan have affected the cricketing ties too. India hasn’t toured Pakistan for a cricket match for over a decade now. Also, ICC can’t conduct a tournament without the presence of India.

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