The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be contested by 8 teams which have been 'seeded' and divided into two groups:
|Group A||Group B|
|Australia (1)||India (2)|
|Sri Lanka (4)||South Africa (3)|
|England (6)||Pakistan (5)|
|New Zealand (7)||West Indies (8)|
Each team will play every other team in its Group. Points will be allocated for each match in accordance with the system described below of these playing conditions, which will apply throughout the competition.
Following the Group stage the top 2 teams from each Group will progress to the semi finals where the winner of Group A will play the runner up of Group B (in the 1st semi-final) and the winner of Group B will play the runner up of Group A (in the 2nd semi-final).
The winners of the semi-finals will contest the Final.
The following points system will apply:
Tie or no result 1
In the event of teams finishing on equal points in its Group, the right to play in the semi-finals will be decided in the following order of priority:
If a semi-final is tied, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team progresses to the final. Refer Appendix 8 click here to read.
If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, then the Group winners shall progress to the Final.
In the event of a tied Final, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team is the winner. Refer Appendix 8 click here to read.
If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is a no result, the teams will be declared joint winners.
Net Run Rate
A team's net run rate is calculated by deducting from the average runs per over scored by that team throughout the competition, the average runs per over scored against that team throughout the competition.
In the event of a team being all out in less than its full quota of overs, the calculation of its net run rate shall be based on the full quota of overs to which it would have been entitled and not on the number of overs in which the team was dismissed.
Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations. Where a match is abandoned, but a result is achieved under Duckworth/Lewis, for net run rate purposes Team 1 will be accredited with Team 2's Par Score on abandonment off the same number of overs faced by Team 2. Where a match is concluded but with Duckworth/Lewis having been applied at an earlier point in the match, Team 1 will be accredited with 1 run less than the final Target Score for Team 2 off the total number of overs allocated to Team 2 to reach the target.
In circumstances where a match (and the points for such match) is awarded to a team as a result of the other team's refusal to play, either by the umpires in accordance with Law 21.3 (a)(ii) or in accordance with the provisions of the relevant event agreements signed by the participating teams, the net run rate of the defaulting team shall be affected in that the full 50 overs of the defaulting team's innings in such forfeited match shall be taken into account in calculating the average runs per over of the defaulting team over the course of the relevant portion of the competition. For the avoidance of doubt the runs scored and overs bowled in such forfeited match will not be taken into account when calculating the net run rate of the team to whom the match was awarded.
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