England news June 1, 2012

Edgbaston to host Champions Trophy final

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will host the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in Cardiff, at Edgbaston and at The Oval from June 6 to 23, the ECB has confirmed. Edgbaston will host the final of the tournament, which will be the last time it is played as the ICC moves towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015.

"Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final," David Collier, the chief executive of the ECB, said.

England last hosted the Champions Trophy in 2004, with West Indies emerging victorious. The ten Test-playing nations joined USA and Kenya to compete in fifteen matches during that series.

Champions Trophy schedule

Group stage: June 6-17 (Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval)
Semi-finals: June 19 (The Oval), June 20 (Cardiff)
Final: June 23 (Edgbaston)

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  • Dean on June 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @Gizza the largest cricket venue in Ireland is Clontarf in Dublin and holds just over 3,000 spectators how are the ICC going to make any money out of a tournament held there ?

  • Hiren on June 4, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    What is a "Champions Trophy" ????

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    cricket is a funny game. U never know.

  • Girik on June 3, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    It is odd that the Champs Trophy wasn't spread around as it was meant to be. Originally I thought it was a great idea. Played in places like Bangladesh and Kenya. Also a quick knockout format like in tennis or the FA Cup. Adopting these principles, the Champions Trophy should be held in Ireland instead of England (Afghanistan would also a great choice were it not for safety issues). And again a knockout format. But better for there to be no Champs Trophy than a badly organised one so I'm glad to see it go after 2013.

  • Anurag on June 2, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    No Lord's????? Is there any prob with ECB?

  • Varun on June 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Many people think, and rightly so, that the Champions Trophy is meaningless, but it's an entertaining tournament nonetheless. England cannot win it with their present ODI side but it is difficult to predict what happens a year later. Australia, India (if they can acclimatise to swinging conditions) and even Sri Lanka are bound to do well. My favourites are South Africa, though. A fantastic team that really needs to get some trophy now. It'll also give them some confidence going into the ODI World Cup in 2015.

  • Dean on June 2, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, I think the idea is to cut down on travelling, besides South Africa only used 2 venues in 2009!

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    thank God its England. finally something for both batsmen and bowlers! not India where batsmen are kings, thanks to flat wickets! its always good to see a tough contest in England, Australia and SA!

  • Randolph on June 2, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    There are only two teams who are any good at ODI cricket; Australia and South Africa. You may as well call the ODI series next summer the Champions Trophy.

  • Randolph on June 2, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Good to know where Australia are going to lift yet another trophy. The cabinet is packed.

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