Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Asif
Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi [Image-Getty]

On Tuesday, International Cricket Council announced the plan for its tournaments till 2031.

Pakistan was announced as the host nation for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

The last time Pakistan staged an ICC event was back in 1996 when it co-hosted the ICC World Cup 1996 along with India and Sri Lanka.

It’s a matter of great pride and delight for Pakistan: Ramiz Raja

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja said it was a matter of pride for them to host the next edition of Champions Trophy.

“It’s a matter of great pride and delight that Pakistan will be hosting ICC Champions Trophy 2025. This great news will surely excite millions of Pakistani fans, expats, and world fans to see great teams and players in action and will allow the world to sample our hospitality,” Raja tweeted.

Ramiz Raja
PCB president Ramiz Raja. Credits: PCB

Super excited to hear about Pakistan getting the hosting rights: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that he was super excited to hear the news.

Super excited to hear about Pakistan getting the hosting rights for 2025 ICC Champions Trophy,” Akhtar mentioned in his tweet.

Pakistan are the title holders of the Champions Trophy as they defeated arch-rivals India in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy in London.

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Pakistan will host the 2025 Champions Trophy. Image-geo.tv

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes it will be a great opportunity for Pakistan to defend the title on home soil.

Congratulations PCB and fans! This will be a great incentive for Pakistan players to defend this BIG title at home. Pakistan Zindabad,” Afridi tweeted.

Babar Azam-led Pakistan had a great run in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Pakistan won all of their Group 2 fixtures but went down to eventual champions Australia in the semi-final fixture.

Just before the tournament Pakistan cricket was in turmoil after New Zealand and England teams pulled out of the limited-overs tour.

The players and fans expressed theit disappointment and ire during that time but turned them into joy when Pakistan defeated the Black Caps in their group stage match.

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