ICC Delegation Visit.

Pakistan has made it clear that it will participate in the upcoming World Cup in India only if the country's cricket board is provided with a guarantee that the hosts of the 50: over showpiece will return the favour by travelling across the border for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025. This has now been a lingering issue because of the BCCI's unreasonable stance and power imbalances within the structure of the game, and Pakistan is right to put forth this ultimatum in front of the ICC.

As per reports, this demand was placed in front of ICC chairman Greg Barclay and chief executive Geoff Allardice on the second and final day of the officials' tour to Pakistan on Wednesday. Mr Najam Sethi has unequivocally stated that boycotting the World Cup is very much a possibility given that India has already refused to send its team to the country for the Asia Cup scheduled in September. The PCB has shown a lot of flexibility with regard to the concerns raised by the BCCI. In fact, Mr Sethi also proposed a hybrid model for the tournament, which would see group matches not involving India held in Pakistan before the event moves...

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