The hosting rights of Champions trophy 2025 were given to Pakistan, one question that came to everyone's mind was 'will India tour the neighboring country for the tournament'? Sports Minister Anurag Thakur reveals that the Indian government and Home Ministry will take a decision, it will still be a huge deal as both sides do not indulge in bilateral series for a long time.
Since due to geopolitical tension between India and Pakistan, they did not lock horns with each other in bilateral series. ICC chairman Greg Barclay stated, "Yeah, we know it’s a particularly challenging issue to work through, but from my point of view, I cannot control geopolitical forces. I just hope cricket can be a force to help improve relationships between countries. That is the one great thing sport can do is help people and nations come together. If it can help in contributing to that, then it is fantastic," said Barclay while speaking to reporters.
ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said that different players will be seen stepping at different times keeping the rotation policy and bio bubble fatigue management in mind and this will keep the momentum of the bilateral games.
"I do not think the charm of bilateral cricket will go away. You will see a different range of players, in particular at the moment where people are moving in and out of bubbles, you will see players rotated a little more than normal time but judging by the reaction to the series that recently concluded in India, it does not look like that the appeal of bilateral cricket has diminished much at all," said Allardice.