With 100 days to go before the eighth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy commenced, the ICC Champions Trophy’s Trophy Tour was launched in Dubai on Tuesday, by Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi.

During its global tour, the ICC Champions Trophy will visit 19 cities, including Karachi, across all eight competing nations, allowing fans to get a close-up view of the prestigious silverware.

According to the itinerary shared by ICC, the trophy will visit Karachi from 28th to 30th March.

The trophy’s journey will start on Thursday, 2 March, when it will depart for India, and after travelling through Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, it will arrive in the United Kingdom on 2 May where the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be staged.

Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi termed the ICC Champions Trophy as a tough and challenging tournament for the players.

“In the two-week window, each side plays almost every third day, against a new opponent and in fresh conditions. As such, there is no time to relax or reflect on past glory or failure. In quest for the title, you simply have to be sharp and on the ball every single day,” he said.

“The ICC Champions Trophy is an event which gives me and millions of Pakistan cricket supporters mixed feelings. It is the only ICC major tournament Pakistan has never won, but at the same time it is the only ICC event in which Pakistan has beaten India. That said, I am sure things will soon change as nothing is permanent in life and sport,” said the former captain.