The ICC is confident that teams will have no reservations travelling to Pakistan for the 2025 Champions Trophy.
“The answer is, from what we can see so far, absolutely (teams will travel),” ICC chair Greg Barclay said replying to PTI’s query during a media roundtable.
“ICC cricket event is coming back to Pakistan after many years. All of it with the exception of what happened in the last few weeks has gone ahead without any issues at all,” added Barclay, who was joined by ICC CEO Geoff Allardice.
“So, we wouldn’t have awarded the event if we didn’t think the Pakistan were capable of hosting it. “We think it’s an exciting opportunity, a prospect for them to be able to host a world’s event for the first time for a period of quite a period of time.”
“It’s not until 2025 and I’m sure that they will, as all countries are required to do, put together the appropriate security plans and assurances to ensure that they can be as delivered.”
“So yes, we were comfortable and confident that we’ll go ahead,” Barclay added.
“We know that it is particularly challenging issue to work through. I mean, from my point of view, I can’t control geopolitical forces are working on what we do.”
“One of the great things that sport can do is to help to bring people in nations together. So,if we can do something and in a small way to contribute to that, then that’s fantastic,” he added.