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Was it wrong to retire the Champions Trophy?

Mark Butcher, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ian Chappell, Brydon Coverdale, Sambit Bal and David Hopps weigh in

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

December 30, 2013

Posted by Hoady on (December 30, 2013, 22:49 GMT)

Its the only tournament NZ has ever won, so I will always treasure it!

Posted by chechong0114 on (December 30, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

This is the reason why the sport of cricket continues to yield so little attention and so many empty seats worldwide. Here again an article seeking to drag the game back in the past instead of embracing the future. Scrapping the Champions trophy was the best thing the ICC could have ever done especially considering that we now have the T20 world cup. There are not enough international venues for cricket to keep that tornament around, as well the tornament was never a fan favorite anyway. The only reason why the last one in England was so well attended was because is was the last of its kind. Add to that there are only 3 venues in world cricket that might be able to get any crowd turn out for a tornament like this and that is India, England and Bangladesh. So money wise it was not and will not be profitable to keep it around. Great move by ICC and I hope they do not go back on the decision. Its time for day night test cricket with colored uniforms, upgraded test series and more crowds.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (December 30, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

No such thing as a "top 8" anymore. Bangladesh have already beaten many teams and won series over New Zealand and West Indies all in the last year :P

Posted by   on (December 30, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Yes, it was a bad move and Test Championship was not a great idea at all. ICC should conduct at least one event a year instead of having meaningless bilateral 5-7 ODI Series.

50 Over World Cup- once in four year T20 once in two years and the same with the champions trophy as well (may be once in 3 year)

Posted by wapuser on (December 30, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Yes, but the format was too "mini-world-cup". Should have gone back to original K/O format but with all 16 ODI teams. (minnows no problem, as only one match or a shock Quarter-Finalist). Could be played over 10 to 14 days of meaningful 50 over matches: 4 days for 1st round (one day match and one day-nighter per day) , same for Q-Fs, then 1 S-F per day = 8 days. Rest day, then final. Great every 2 years.

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