Champions Trophy 2017 June 1, 2016

India-Pakistan, Australia-England bouts in 2017 Champions Trophy

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'Champions Trophy offers something different'

Two of cricket's traditional rivalries will be on show in the 2017 Champions Trophy, with hosts England and Australia in Group A, and India and Pakistan in Group B. Group A also contains New Zealand, which means a trans-Tasman clash as well in the first round.

The opening game of the tournament is between England and Bangladesh on June 1. Cardiff, The Oval and Edgbaston are the venues for the event, which comprises 15 matches in 18 days, with the final at The Oval on June 18.

The ticket ballot opens on September 1 and closes on September 30. The remaining tickets will go on sale in October.

The top eight sides in the ICC ODI rankings as of September 30, 2015 qualified for the event, with West Indies and Zimbabwe being the two Full Member countries that failed to make the cut. The top two sides from each group will qualify for the semi-finals in Cardiff and Edgbaston on June 14 and 15.

India and Pakistan have met in the group stage of every ICC tournament - five of them - since the 2011 World Cup, where they had met in the semi-final. When asked if this was a coincidence, the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said it wasn't. "It's no coincidence. The match schedule is done in consultation with the broadcasters. The bottom line is that a significant portion of the cricket world want to see that fixture. Time and time again, it is the biggest fixture in all our events. I don't think it affects the competition's integrity. Not as long as the groups are equal in strengths. It's silly just to avoid it when you can fairly cater for it."

He added: "The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is not just an ODI competition, it carries a great deal of value since it is being played just three months before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 qualification cut-off date. As such, every point earned here could be crucial."

England are hosting the Champions Trophy for the third time; they made the finals of both the previous tournaments at home, losing to West Indies in 2004 and to India in 2013.

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  • Rahul on June 3, 2016, 12:51 GMT

    Actually the only reason the 2013 edition was well received was because India and England got to the final. Also because it was a relatively short tournament. Nearly got ruined by the rain and it perplexed me as to why they did not have a reserve day.

  • Rahul on June 3, 2016, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan has beaten India in CT before. But that was when they still had guys like Mohammad Yusuf, Inzy etc.

  • Rahul on June 3, 2016, 12:43 GMT

    @Falah: Champions Trophy was held in 2009, not 2008.

  • FALAH on June 3, 2016, 10:55 GMT

    Can't wait for the biggest contest in cricketing world. Wish Pakistan beat India this time too just like in 2004 and 2008 champions trophy

  • Jahan on June 3, 2016, 10:52 GMT

    Every one knows Pakistan team these days is the weakest ever but one thing. If Pakistan plays a full series of 3 or five ODI's against India I assure you all the crowd will not be disappointed. I mean that will be a tough series for both India and Pakistan. India will not be able to beat Pakistan as they do with other team in Indian conditions. No disrespect for India, they have a world class ODI team but Pak is not bad as well. Unfortunately, Pakistani selector is even worse than those before him. A great player may not be a good coach selector but now "A great player is never a good coach or selector." Check the best cricket coaches, none of them is a good coach. A Flower and G Kirsten are exceptions.

  •   Cricinfouser on June 3, 2016, 5:08 GMT

    IMO. ICC should try to make world t20 tournament more longer and prestigious . total 20 teams should playing here. we can include countries like denmark,italy,nepal here and scotland,ireland,afghanistan,netherland better become permanent member here

  • Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016, 3:13 GMT

    There was a time when India was afraid to play Pakistan in test / ODI / WC etc. Now that Pakistan's team is weaker than before, now India wants to play Pakistan in world events. We, Pakistanis are not used to being beaten so often by India and PCB should follow the same suit to avoid playing India until the team gets better. In England, Pakistan needs to bat better to avoid similar thrashing as Srilanka is getting. Bowling should be better but still Pakistan's bowling is not as strong as it used to be.

  • exhil on June 2, 2016, 20:42 GMT

    'It does not affect the competition intergrity' really Richardson? Will FIFA ever make such scheduling say between Brazil Vs Argentina in its WC because it can draw bigger crowds.Well ICC too has to grow up.

  • Saad Amjad on June 2, 2016, 15:53 GMT

    the groups always seem to be same in all icc events! getting abit boring!cba

  • Dean on June 2, 2016, 15:30 GMT

    @TenTen, I will just add to what @Codnchips has said. This is the 3rd time the CT has been held in Eng & all of the competitions have only featured 3 grounds. The tournament in 2013 was viewed as a big success so the same 3 venues are being used. I think it has something to do with them being spread out but at the same time easy to travel between. Lords isn't used because it already gets 11 or 12 days of international cricket each summer. Some of the other counties already think this is too many so giving them 6 more games in this tournament is just going to inflame the situation. When the WC was staged here in 1999, the ECB made a point of playing games at every FC venue as well as allowing Hol,Ire & Sco to each host a game. That won't be the case in 2019. 11 grounds have been selected to host matches they are the 9 test playing venues, plus Bristol which has ODI hosting status & Taunton who host a tour match each year.

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