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'Jay Shah bro we love you' - Fans react as Pakistan is reportedly unlikely to host Champions Trophy 2025 due to security reasons

In a shocking turn of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board is likely to lose the hosting rights to the Champions Trophy 2025. According to various news reports, the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan are going to affect the tournament.

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Pakistan to lose hosting rights of Champions Trophy 2025

Pakistan to lose hosting rights of Champions Trophy 2025 (Source: Twitter)

In a shocking turn of events, the Pakistan Cricket Board is likely to lose the hosting rights to the Champions Trophy 2025. According to various news reports, the ongoing political tensions between India and Pakistan are going to affect the tournament. If things don't work out, Pakistan will either need to lose the hosting rights or host the event in a hybrid model.

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It's worth noting that earlier this year, Pakistan hosted the Asia Cup in a hybrid model, with five games in Pakistan and others in Sri Lanka. At this time, the eight-team tournament is likely to be hosted in the UAE or in a hybrid model. However, the final decision over this will take place early in 2024. As the Apex Cricket Council is currently focusing on the T20 World Cup 2024, the final words over CT2025 will be said after that.

It's worth noting that in the last edition of the ODI Champions Trophy in 2017, Pakistan thrashed arch-rival India by 10 wickets to win the tournament. Since then, the tournament hasn't been organised due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other events of the Apex Cricket Council. However, in 2025, the tournament will make a comeback, with eight teams qualifying through the recently concluded ODI World Cup 2023.

"Compensate us if India refuses," says PCB

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Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board has urged the  Apex Cricket Council to sign the hosting rights for the Champions Trophy 2025. It also asked the Apex Cricket Council to compensate PCB if India pulls out of the tournament or refrains from travelling to Pakistan for the tournament. It's worth noting that India didn't want to send their team to Pakistan due to security reasons.

It's worth noting that the ninth edition of the Champions Trophy is likely to be hosted in February–March 2025. In the last eight editions, India and Australia have won twice, while Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, and the West Indies have won once. The ninth edition will be the comeback of this tournament, which was started in the late 1990s to gather funds for the Apex Cricket Council.

Here is how fans react to news reports about the hosting rights of the Champions Trophy:

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