With tedious uncertainty hovering over India’s hosting of Champions Trophy 2021 due to tax issues, the Pakistan Cricket Board offered a big hand to International Cricket Council to host the event in Pakistan.
In due time of conversing between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the highest authority of cricket (ICC), the governing body is looking for an alternative venue in the similar time zone.
According to a report in GEO TV, Pakistan expressed their keen interest to serve as the hosts of the event. Ahmedabad Mirror further stated, Pakistan is looking to arrange the tournament in the United Arab Emirates with an option of playing a few matches in Pakistani soil.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) raised concerns over the lack of tax exemption for the tournament in India, which it said was ‘standard practice’ for any premier sporting event like the Champions Trophy.
Amidst barren cricket opportunities in home soil, Pakistan hosted last year’s Pakistan Super League final in Lahore as well as T20I contests against Sri Lanka.
International cricket in Pakistan was suspended after a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore killing eight people and injuring seven others including visiting team cricketers.
Pakistan’s national team has since played nearly all its home matches in the UAE. Pakistani cricket authorities have been desperately trying to bring cricket back in Pakistan since long.