ICC news April 17, 2012

No Champions Trophy after 2013


The 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England, will be the last time the tournament is played as the ICC moves towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015. The tournament is part of the Future Tours Program in 2013 but does not appear after that, with the play-offs for the World Test Championship scheduled for June 2017.

"If you don't see it in the schedule, it means it is not planned for the future," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said at a press conference following the executive board meeting on Monday. "We have said for a while that we would like one championship event for each format. We are including the Test championship in there. We have the World Cup to have the champion for 50-overs cricket. So we are not planning to hold Champions Trophy in the future."

The World Test Championship was initially scheduled for 2013, but had to be postponed due to the ICC's commitments to its broadcaster and sponsors. The ICC's broadcast partner is ESPN STAR Sports*, with whom they have a contract till 2015. The ICC had initially hoped to convince all interested parties to switch the Champions Trophy, the ICC's second-biggest 50-over tournament, to play-offs between the top four Test teams as per the ICC Test rankings.

However, after the ICC's executive board meeting in October, 2011, it released a statement saying there would be significant commercial challenges in replacing the Champions Trophy without the support and consent of the ICC's broadcast partner. Changing the tournament's format from ODIs to Test play-offs would have required a substantial cut in the broadcast rights fee, which would have repercussions on the Members.

Inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998, the Champions Trophy was played every two years until 2009, switching to a round-robin format in 2002. Originally, all ten Full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) took part, together with (for the first four competitions) two Associate members. The 2013 event in England will feature the eight highest-ranked ODI teams calculated six months before the tournament.

*ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.), the parent company of ESPNcricinfo, and News Corporation Limited (STAR)

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nabeel on April 20, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I have a proposaL for Test Championship, making it yearly event. Here goes. Select the TOP 4 teams by April 1st ICC rankings. Pick up the prime cricketing seasons for these countries, and then schedule 3 matches in each country in that time against each of the teams in Top 4. For example say ENG, AUS, SA and IND make it to TOP 4. Then schedule 3 matches in Eng, in July - Aug time frame thier cricketing season (END vs AUS, END vs SA, ENG vs IND). This is equivalent to ENG playing a 3 match test series against any visting nation so no loss of revenue for home board and also they get full home advantage by playing 3 games in continuation. Next in November - Dec have matches in SA, then Dec - Jan have matches in AUS and finally in Feb - March have the matches in IND. The team having most wins (top of points table) is declared the Champion. Team coming 4th is relegated, and 1 team from 5-8 group playing a similar playof is inducted in top league next year.

  • Vivian on April 20, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    The Champions Trophy was shorter and quicker, it gave teams like WI a chance to prove that they could beat the best on their day. Meaningless bilateral series could've had matches reduced instead. Tired of watching Ind vs SL. CT is sort of a carnival and the top 16 cricketing nations could've had a crack at the cup.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    ICC has gone mad they should ban cricket in world

  • Oz on April 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Remove the ridiculous and made-only-for-money T20 Champions League! All it does it takes the world's cricket mercenaries and give them more senseless needless games to make money. This would be fine except that its at the expense of proper meaningful cricket like the Test series Aus v SA last year. Unjustifiably this was a 2 Test series when it should have been 3.

  • Andrew on April 19, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @sportofpain - I think it depends on the format. If it is a Championship played over 4 years, then the team who finished FIRST should get home advantage, although the 2 home & 1 away that you say is nice in theory, but I think would be cost prohibitive). If it is say a top 4 playing in One country, it could be neutral, or just like how a W/Cup has to be played SOMEWHERE! Hopefully the ICC will get it right!!!!! BTW - I agree 100% regarding the IPL & WI cricket. The only problem I see is the inherant bitterness between the WIPA v WICB! Good scheduling may avoid conflict of interests - but if cricket is at all like other sports, the career prospects via the IPL SHOULD increase the standard of athletes who choose to play cricket (theory anyway)!!!!!

  • Ivan on April 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @Meety: The final should be played on a home and away basis - best of three matches. If it is Australia V India - 2 tests in one country and one in the other so for example Sydney, Chennai and Melbourne or Chennai, Sydney/Melbourne and Mumbai with the two matches going to the side that is on top of the table

  • Andrew on April 19, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @JG2704 - just one more thing on the Test Championship, whilst I understand the innaugral championship would have to be held in England, with odds on the Final being at Lords. I feel (biased?) that the Test Championship should be held in Oz, as we have the most sporting pitches in terms of variety. Either way, I feel that anywhere a Test Championship Final is played, the ICC should takeover the handling of Pitch Preparations to avoid potential unsporting incidents. Could you imagine the outcry if the innaugral Test Final was played at Lords between say India & England & the teams arrive to find a pitch as green as the outfield!! (btw - not saying that would happen deliberately)Cricinfo servers would melt from a torrent of abuse from a billion ticked of Indian supporters. However, if the ICC oversaw the preparations, a lot of the heat would be taken off. I understand their would be nuances with every pitch, they can have the local curators as consultants.

  • Andrew on April 19, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael - regarding the Ireland Thread about them getting more matches - I was actually joking regarding the 7nil scoreline, however the joke fell flat as I forgot the England bilateral series coming up is only 5 matches - not SEVEN! Doh, LOL! re: Triseries v Bilaterals, Oz regularly held Tri-series with a weak 3rd team thru out the 80s & 90s. I think it can work, just needs some commitment from the ICC & the big boys of cricket. It wouldn't be impossible for Ireland to knock Oz or Eng off, particularly if they are at full strength. I think the reason why the Tri-series was ditched, as much as I assume you were joking about sour grapes, was about the beancounters trying a new formulae.

  • Andrew on April 19, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @HatsforBats - YESSSSSS!!!!! Now the question is, SLOW or QUICK??????? LOL!! The only negative I see out of this, is that it gives the ICC a reason to make the W/Cup more exclusive, at the possible expense of the Netherlands, Ireland & Afghanistan. They have increased the size of the 2014 T20 W/Cup to 16 teams, which is GREAT news, but I hope they don't revert to a 10 team W/Cup by 2019!!!!! @AdrianVanDenStael - you may be right but the last back down was due to having to commit to the Champions Trophy. Now that it can RIP, we have openings in the FTP & no TV Rights/commitments (hopefully). @JG2704 - in regards "Timeless" Tests, I would like to see that for the Final only. Probably no need other than to insure against bad weather.I totally disagree though regarding the Champ Trophy, waste of time, should only be the top 4 teams if ever resurrected.

  • Ram on April 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Mr. JustIPL they r tokin about champions TROPHY not champions league...

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