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ICC Champions Trophy

JOHANNESBURG 15:00 18-02-2014

 

The ICC Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will feature the top eight-ranked sides in the world - India, England, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies, and New Zealand. This star studded event will be played across three world-renowned cricketing venues – in Birmingham, Cardiff and London where a total of 15 matches will be played over 18 days.


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The winners of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy will earn $2 million in prize money, the largest amount since the tournament's inception. This year's event will be the seventh and final addition of the ICC Champions Trophy, as the tournament will be replaced by the ICC World Test Championship in 2017.

The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 offers an exciting, hard hitting and action packed two week long cricketing extravaganza and a chance for sports betting patrons to see the world's best cricketers as the top eight sides battle out for glory in the only nation versus nation tournament of the year.

 

The cricketing super stars expected to unleash an explosive cricketing display at this year's event include India's Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir, South Africa's AB de Villiers, Australia's Mitchell Johnson, Shahid Afridi of Pakistan and Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardena.

The 2013 The ICC Champions Trophy will be the only global multi-team 50-over-a-side tournament between the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean and the next edition of that event, in the Asian sub-continent in two years' time.

 

  • Champions Trophy Group A
  • Australia

    The ultimate curtain raiser for the Aussies before their highly anticipated Ashes series. While it is not in the same league as the Ashes in terms of prestige, Michael Clarke believes a strong start to the trip is important to Australia's Test chances.

    After successive Champions Trophy victories in both Pakistan and India, motivation will be running high to make in three in a row especially because this is the last time we'll have a Champions Trophy tournament. Defending champions Australia begins the defence of its ICC Champions Trophy title on the 26th of September against the West Indies which will be a repeat of the 2006 final.

    AUSTRALIA — Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner and Shane Watson.

     

    England

    One man looking for success this summer is England captain Alastair Cook, who said: "It's a very important event for us as a side. We don't often get the opportunity to play at home in a world tournament and we've got a really good home record. I think we've have only won one ICC tournament so we would love to win another one." Should they make it to the final; they will have only a few days before their first Ashes warm-up, a four-day fixture against Somerset beginning on June 26.

    ENGLAND — Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes.

     

    New Zealand

    The 2012 ICC Championship runner ups go into this year's event on the back of a hard fought series against the hosts. Having played an extensive tour in England ahead of the tournament may very well provide to be an extremely invaluable advantage for the Kiwis. They have two warm-up matches in Northampton, and play their first game of the tournament on June 9, against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

    NEW ZEALAND — Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and Kane Williamson.

     

    SriLanka

    Due to an injury to his ankle, left arm swing bowler Chanaka Welagedara has been replaced by Dilhara Lokuhettige ICC Champions Trophy Chanaka Welagedara make a come back to the ODI squad after almost 3 years. Senior players Mahela Jayawardena and Rangana Herath will make the trip after missing out the Bangladesh series.

    Whilst in Bangladesh, Jayawardena had a finger injury and Herath had been rested. Sri-lanka kick off their campaign with 3 warm up matches against Pakistan India and West Indies and official start the tournament on the 9th of June in SWALEC Stadium against New Zealand.


  • Champions Trophy Group B

    South Africa

    The ICC Champions Trophy is the one global competition the South Africans have actually won. Even though it's been five years since their inaugural 1998 victory the Protea's travel to England with a slight chip on the shoulder , as the current world number one Test squad they will like nothing more than to improve upon their current 4th placed ICC ODI ranking.

    South Africa's Graeme Smith will miss this year's event, because of the flaring up of a long-term ankle injury that will require surgery but impressive performances by other individual talents in the IPL ahead of the tournament should serve as some form of assurance.

    SOUTH AFRICA FINAL SQUAD — AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

     

    Pakistan

    The Pakistani squad go into this year's Champion as rejuvenated as ever the new Pakistan squad are much more team ordinated and egger to impress under the canny leadership of Misbah-ul-Haq, and his right-hand man, Mohammad Hafeez . Pakistan's match against India at Edgbaston is a standout fixture in the ICC Champions Trophy group stage and because of the long-standing rivalry between these two nations there is always an extra determination to do well.

    PAKISTAN — Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Abdur Rehman, Asad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin and Wahab Riaz.

     

    India

    World Number One India are placed as not only Group B favourites but tipped as overall outright winners as well. South Africa, West Indies and arch-rivals Pakistan will be vying for glory against the highflying Indians in the round robin section of the tournament. India open their tournament when they take on South Africa on June 6 and then will go on to play the West Indies (June 11) and Pakistan (June 15).

    INDIA — Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Murali Vijay.

     

    West Indies

    This year's IPL Purple Cap winner (highest wicket taker) Dwayne Bravo has replaced Darren Sammy as the West Indies ODI captain for the Champions Trophy. The West Indies have won the recent World Twenty20 Championship, but have only won three ODI series over the last three years, two of them against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

    However with Narine, Gayle, and Pollard in impressive form in all three departments, and with the energetic get-up-and-go attitude brought into the field by their red hot inform Captain Dwayne Bravo, the Windies squad for the Champions trophy may very well be one to look out for.

    WEST INDIES — Dwayne Bravo (captain), Tino Best, Darren Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Ramneresh Sarwan and Devon Smith.

     

    The Champions Trophy Venues

The Edgbaston Cricket Ground, also known as the County Ground or Edgbaston Stadium, is situated in the picturesque Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England. With permanent seating for up to 25,000 spectators,


 

Edgbaston is the second-largest cricketing venue in the United Kingdom, after Lord's Cricket Ground in London and is highly regarded as the UK's leading venues in the centre of the country. The venue will host 5 ICC trophy Matches including the highly anticipated Group B clash between sub-continent giants India Pakistan as well as the June 23rd Final.


Sophia Gardens formerly known as The SWALEC Stadium is based on the west bank of the River Taff in Cardiff, Wales. The SWALEC Stadium is home to the Glamorgan County Cricket Club and has hosted five One Day Internationals since 1999. The SWALEC Stadium will also host 5 ICC Champions Trophy matches including a sure to be nail biting Group B encounter between South Africa and India as well as a semi-final match.


The Oval, also referred to as the Kia Oval, is a world renowned international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth. This spectacular cricket facility has had the privilege of hosting matches of the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 World Cups. It also hosted five of the fifteen matches in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, including the final. This year the venue will also host five ICC Champions Trophy matches as well as a semi-final match.

 

AUTHOR: PETER BISHOP

 

 

"The cricketing super stars expected to unleash an explosive cricketing display at this year's event."

~ Peter Bishop

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