ICC Champions Trophy 2013 August 21, 2012

India to play Pakistan in Champions Trophy

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India will take on South Africa in the opening game of the 2013 Champions Trophy in England, the last time the tournament will be held. Two other big draws in the group stages are India versus Pakistan on June 15, and Australia playing New Zealand on June 12, both at Edgbaston.

The top eight in the ICC ODI rankings will be competing in the tournament, starting June 6 next year, divided into two groups of four each. Apart from Edgbaston, also the venue for the final, Cardiff and The Oval will stage the group games as well as the semi-finals.

Group A features defending champions Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka; Group B includes world champions India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals, to be held on June 19 and 20. The final will be played on June 23.

"This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world's very best one-day sides in action over the space of less than three weeks and the fixture schedule has thrown up a host of exciting head-to-head contests," Steve Elworthy, the tournament director, said. "The format means every match counts and all eight teams will feel that they are capable of winning the tournament in a competition which is set to be one of the highlights of the 2013 summer."

The tournament does not appear in the Future Tournament Programme after 2013, with the ICC moving towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015.

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  • on August 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    This is no longer a competition in my opinion. I am from Pakistan but now India has far better players and team at every level from U-19 to International.

    India always have advantage in knock-out games against Pakistan.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    what if bd get in the top 8 before the icc champions trophy

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @serious-am-i...Again read my comments carefully mate I said Bangladesh were the FIRST MINNOWS TO KNOCK OUT INDIA IN 2 yes 2 CUP COMPETITIONS whether knock-out or groups stages because group stages continues the trend so again please don't twist my point. I know Sri Lanka and Kenya were minnows back then when they too also beat India as well during that time but did they knock out India in 2 or more cup competitions back in their minnow days? I don't think so good luck next time and yeah I do think before I comment all the best :)

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @serious-am-i...loool thanks for finally admitting India can lose against weak teams as often now also please don't try to twist my comments when I said Bangladesh knocked out India in 07 World Cup I meant they were one of the major reasons why you got knocked out infact it was probably dee biggest reason considering it was such an inexperience team but like usual even till their last meeting UNDERESTIMATED us so when is this over-confidence going to stop? India helping Ireland? haha...what only 1 match in 07 and now its 2012 and still haven't played them in a one-off match or infact a series in which Bangladesh did in 2008 in a 3 match series against Ireland plus a 2 match series in 2010 something India didn't do last year before that England tour plus that recent T20 Series against Ireland yeap based on these evidence alone mate, Bangladesh have done by far a lot more for Ireland than India have except for that 1 off match all facts according to Cricinfo so :)))

  • serious-am-i on August 24, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: LOL mate, may be u have to learn a bit more before commenting. Because of BD we weren't knocked out in any tournament so far but yeah but BD have been the reason for us returning home. In WC 07, it was SL who knocked us out and not BD, if we won against SL we made it to the Super Six, the equation was as simple as that after we lost to BD, again in the Asia Cup we needed a bigger margin victory which we didn't achieve so BD went through with better NRR. You aren't the first minnows to beat us, we have lost to SL - when they were minnows, Kenya - we have a habit of losing against minnows, most Indian fans know that - it happens only because of over confidence. India played 3 ODI's vs Ireland when we last toured just before English series (under Dravid's captaincy), so we were helping Irish and Associates even before u did. So for u winning a single match against Eng was superior ? We gave Eng run for their money in all ODI's none were one sided, we were a depleted side.

  • abdulahadjawaid on August 24, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I won't blame the people who are against Champions Trophy because I know that the are deceived by ICC in the name of test championship which I don't see in coming years. We the cricket fans need competitive international cricket. I am sure it's possible to have both CT and test championship or bring back triangular series concept

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @Apurba Mridha..."Ireland better than Bangladesh"? lool Funny because just recently, Bangladesh beat Ireland in a T20 Series in Ireland plus in their last ODI at the World Cup, Bangladesh again beaten Ireland also in their Under-19 level, Bangladesh beat Ireland Under-19 5-0 so based on these evidences alone mate, we can safely put that argument to rest have a nice day bro :)

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Krunal Patel...I think the loss against Bangladesh recently deeply got to you but I understand its not easy losing to a minnow who were the first minnows in history to knock out a mighty team like India in not 1 but 2 cup competitions. Also yes Bangladesh lost to Scotland and Netherlands but so what? I mean according to you guys Bangladesh are minnows so really there's nothing wrong with minnows losing to minnows am I right? I can't analyse their loss against Scotland or Netherlands because it wasn't broadcast but what I can say is that in that extreme heat especially when our players were fasting its understandable but a loss is a loss regardless. But the fact is that Bangladesh had the courage to play associates 6 times on the trot whereas a team like India never ever did this and probably never will simply because of $ and embarrassment and I'm sure had they played these 6 games, they would've also lost a game or more common sense really all the best :)))

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    @ serious-am-i...Actually when both India and Bangladesh last toured England, out of the two, Bangladesh clearly performed better overall than India did against England infact, why don't you compare both their scorecards against England in 2010 and 2011. Also don't forget that Bangladesh did at that time actually win an ODI game whereas India lost all their ODI games to England so Bangladesh can play in England conditions. Also New Zealand played by far more World Cups than Bangladesh again invalid point but I do agree Bangladesh should've done much better than usual at World Cups.

  • bcric12 on August 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @Srilanka Cwc Champions: well said.

  • on August 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    This is no longer a competition in my opinion. I am from Pakistan but now India has far better players and team at every level from U-19 to International.

    India always have advantage in knock-out games against Pakistan.

  • on August 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    what if bd get in the top 8 before the icc champions trophy

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @serious-am-i...Again read my comments carefully mate I said Bangladesh were the FIRST MINNOWS TO KNOCK OUT INDIA IN 2 yes 2 CUP COMPETITIONS whether knock-out or groups stages because group stages continues the trend so again please don't twist my point. I know Sri Lanka and Kenya were minnows back then when they too also beat India as well during that time but did they knock out India in 2 or more cup competitions back in their minnow days? I don't think so good luck next time and yeah I do think before I comment all the best :)

  • on August 24, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @serious-am-i...loool thanks for finally admitting India can lose against weak teams as often now also please don't try to twist my comments when I said Bangladesh knocked out India in 07 World Cup I meant they were one of the major reasons why you got knocked out infact it was probably dee biggest reason considering it was such an inexperience team but like usual even till their last meeting UNDERESTIMATED us so when is this over-confidence going to stop? India helping Ireland? haha...what only 1 match in 07 and now its 2012 and still haven't played them in a one-off match or infact a series in which Bangladesh did in 2008 in a 3 match series against Ireland plus a 2 match series in 2010 something India didn't do last year before that England tour plus that recent T20 Series against Ireland yeap based on these evidence alone mate, Bangladesh have done by far a lot more for Ireland than India have except for that 1 off match all facts according to Cricinfo so :)))

  • serious-am-i on August 24, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: LOL mate, may be u have to learn a bit more before commenting. Because of BD we weren't knocked out in any tournament so far but yeah but BD have been the reason for us returning home. In WC 07, it was SL who knocked us out and not BD, if we won against SL we made it to the Super Six, the equation was as simple as that after we lost to BD, again in the Asia Cup we needed a bigger margin victory which we didn't achieve so BD went through with better NRR. You aren't the first minnows to beat us, we have lost to SL - when they were minnows, Kenya - we have a habit of losing against minnows, most Indian fans know that - it happens only because of over confidence. India played 3 ODI's vs Ireland when we last toured just before English series (under Dravid's captaincy), so we were helping Irish and Associates even before u did. So for u winning a single match against Eng was superior ? We gave Eng run for their money in all ODI's none were one sided, we were a depleted side.

  • abdulahadjawaid on August 24, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I won't blame the people who are against Champions Trophy because I know that the are deceived by ICC in the name of test championship which I don't see in coming years. We the cricket fans need competitive international cricket. I am sure it's possible to have both CT and test championship or bring back triangular series concept

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @Apurba Mridha..."Ireland better than Bangladesh"? lool Funny because just recently, Bangladesh beat Ireland in a T20 Series in Ireland plus in their last ODI at the World Cup, Bangladesh again beaten Ireland also in their Under-19 level, Bangladesh beat Ireland Under-19 5-0 so based on these evidences alone mate, we can safely put that argument to rest have a nice day bro :)

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Krunal Patel...I think the loss against Bangladesh recently deeply got to you but I understand its not easy losing to a minnow who were the first minnows in history to knock out a mighty team like India in not 1 but 2 cup competitions. Also yes Bangladesh lost to Scotland and Netherlands but so what? I mean according to you guys Bangladesh are minnows so really there's nothing wrong with minnows losing to minnows am I right? I can't analyse their loss against Scotland or Netherlands because it wasn't broadcast but what I can say is that in that extreme heat especially when our players were fasting its understandable but a loss is a loss regardless. But the fact is that Bangladesh had the courage to play associates 6 times on the trot whereas a team like India never ever did this and probably never will simply because of $ and embarrassment and I'm sure had they played these 6 games, they would've also lost a game or more common sense really all the best :)))

  • on August 23, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    @ serious-am-i...Actually when both India and Bangladesh last toured England, out of the two, Bangladesh clearly performed better overall than India did against England infact, why don't you compare both their scorecards against England in 2010 and 2011. Also don't forget that Bangladesh did at that time actually win an ODI game whereas India lost all their ODI games to England so Bangladesh can play in England conditions. Also New Zealand played by far more World Cups than Bangladesh again invalid point but I do agree Bangladesh should've done much better than usual at World Cups.

  • bcric12 on August 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @Srilanka Cwc Champions: well said.

  • on August 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    it will be a great match Between Pakistan & India..... because i think there is not an enjoyable & interesting tournament where two teams like Pakistan & India are not playing with each other....... so i am waiting for ICC champions trophy tournament.. i hope it will good for pakistan... because it seems very hard group in which pakistan team exist....

  • abdulahadjawaid on August 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Btw, final at Edgbaston? Make it Lord's at least if you're doing it for the last time

  • abdulahadjawaid on August 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I strongly agree with someone who said that it's the ONLY competitive global tournament in cricket. I don't understand what ICC is up to. They're doing their best to destroy good cricket after the birth of meaningless T20 leagues around the world

  • on August 22, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Indian Batting Lineup is just too strong and Pakistani batting is too weak to take advantage of below average indian bowling attack.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on August 22, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Honestly speaking,i have no persnal issues with bd playrs or team bt lets call spade a spade,as ths have been rightly pointd by some indians n non bd suportrs have pointd out! Bd havn't achieve any thng substancial so far so their buildng castles in d air z far frm being realistic,bt i hope they might imprve in futur bt they havn't producd a singl match wining speedstr since they ist startd plyng cric,thats their main issue ,then about chances of pak or ind wining dis cup,i dn't think eithr of these 2 stand any chance bt whats gd 4 these 2 sids would b that even othr teams dn't look strng enuff( all lie on avrag level) whil saffas r ultimat chokrs.a wel balancd tournament

  • rahulcricket007 on August 22, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    LOLZ . THIS TOURNAMENT IS JUST AN EXAMPLE OF TOO MUCH MEANINGLESS ODI CRICKET .

  • cooldxve on August 22, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    This will be the last chance for Pakistan to have all the major international titles in their bag. I hope they will do it this time.

  • ak_dragon on August 22, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Pak Vs Ind..Clash of Technique, real Test of patience n Nerves & Producing Another Thriller or Nail bitting finish of World of Cricket....!

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 22, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @mrgupta - Everyone knows Bangladesh Cricket at the moment is nowhere near to the teams higher ranked than them but the difference between you and us is that you guys still are reliving the past while we are all about the present and future which is much better of course besides, your old players are starting to retire now first Kumble, Ganguly then Dravid, now Laxman and hopefully Sachin and so on whereas our players are the youngest of the lot so yeap according to these evidences, our future looks very good common sense really. The other players like Khan, Singh, Yuvraj, Sehweg etc who are of course good players themselves but well into their 30s whereas our senior senior players are not even close to 30 for example Tamim and Rahim 23, Shakib 25, Nasir 20 etc big difference so yeah I'm of course happy, times are changing now even you and I are growing up best wishes :DDD

  • sonu77 on August 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176:ha ha..nice joke mate! watched Sri Lanka's record against England in England.Sri Lanka were the most successful ODI team in England recently.They won 7 out of last 10 ODI's in England including 5-0 whitewash.A team who can't win against Scotland,Netherlands, deserve to be in Champions Trophy??? I don't think so..teams like India,Lanka,West Indies are 1000times better than Bangladesh at the moment.

  • serious-am-i on August 22, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @Emrose Shoeb Probal: NZ lost to BD in BD, BD failed to win a single match in NZ. This tournament is not going to be held in BD, it will be held in Eng. You guys have pathetic record in England too. The only wins which u call as world beaters happened at home. You guys were struggling to win against Ireland and Scotland u r comparing with NZ ? NZ are far better than BD in swinging conditions where as BD are marginally better than NZ in spinning conditions. Simple reason for that is NZ doesn't have quality spinners in its rank. But NZ is a team that tries to give out 110/100 when it really matters, look at how many teams NZ made it to Semis in WC. BD is still not in a position to compare with top teams but yeah they are making good progress. On India losing, if India loses against Pak it won't be bad as it will be against a good side & the team which gets better of nerves will win it, could be either Ind or Pak. I don't have high hopes of India winning but will be happy if they do well

  • mrgupta on August 22, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @siponus 2007: Once in every 2-3 years BD defeats a big team and their fans claim they are better. Before Asia Cup when was the last time BD defeated India? 4 years ago. SL wins almost all their matches against BD and BD defeated NZ in a series about 2 years ago stop mentioning it now. WI defeated BD in WC, and also hammered them in Test and ODI in BD, still you say BD is better. This team of yours even lost to Zimbabwe last time they played. Grow up!

  • on August 22, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Heart says Pakistan but i think its going be a South Africa vs Sri Lanka final and then i'd want Sri Lanka to win it.

  • on August 22, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    We mind as well have another Super Series, this time between Bangladesh and Rest of the World XI, since Bangladesh is just too good for any team these days. LOL. Speaking of which, the Bangladesh trophy cabinet for major tournaments and/or tri series is still EMPTY. But that's okay let's just vent out our frustrations on other teams performances, and get high off a few random wins here and there.

  • on August 22, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @Ahmer Ali Khan, IPL is stupid now since Pakistani players aren't playing in it. I'm sure IPL will be the greatest thing in the world for you, when it features players from Pak next year. Typical hyprocrite, just like most on here.

  • on August 22, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I'm glad this tournament's only between the top 8 teams. Excluding minnows like Bangladesh brings major credibility to the tournament. Maybe they should hold a Minnows Championship between Associates, Bangladesh, and Zim. Hopefully they don't put Bangla in a group with Scotland and Netherlands, they may not even qualify for a semis spot haha.

  • on August 22, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    World cups? Yes, I do understand. This Champions' Trophy? What it is all about? Can any one clarify the vision of its founders? Why did they create it? If there is a meaningful and coherent reason, why are they winding it up now? No wonder FTP is too crowded, to accommodate the whims and fancies of a few individuals / powerful Boards!

  • on August 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    siponus 2007........................Why discount the other teams............Bangladesh is even better than Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and England.......... :) ............. Give everyone a break here dude. Bangladesh is slowest to progress in this game of cricket despite getting a lot of support from ICC, BCCI and PCB. ICC made a mistake by giving BD test status too early. They have hardly won any test matches against the top sides in the last what 15 years or so. Pakistan defeated England a test match in their first outing in England in 1951 or something. So, PULEEEEEEEEEEEEZ, do not compare yourself to the great teams. First, try to beat Pakistan at least once to break this on going world record of I don't know 23 ODI losses in a row or something............

  • on August 22, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Srilanka or Pakistan will win da tournament.india will kicked out by Pakistan--- From Bangladesh

  • on August 22, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    @mrcricket300: how did u forget about NZ banglawashed by BD??? NZ is a minnow team.U should accept it

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 22, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @ siponus2007. Funny. So, BD is at top4!!! great!. But in reality they can't even attain more than 8th position...first prove something and then talk!

  • rock.rockyin on August 22, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @srilanka WC CHAmps ... Dude u shud getover from the hangover of regularly loosing to India lolll .... Lanka escaped Whitewash due to rain in Eng . Go check the amt of time it rained and lost to Eng in one session at Cardiff which poms consider as biggest win in 40 .. reply me if u need more facts I was in UK following the series closely

  • rock.rockyin on August 22, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @siponous2007 bang better than India, Lanka,WI etc .. No crick without bang ?? Hmm no words

  • on August 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    bangladesh not in icc champinostrophy , thankyou icc ,bangladesh is not even in icc champinostrophy and the bangladesh fans say they can beat srilanka srilanka played in 2 world cup finals back to back and even won one before , what has bangladesh done they can't do anything but go around saying they can beat every one.

  • bala2rahul on August 22, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Champions trophy should not scrapped and should be scheduled and used like the confederations cup. Played one year before the world cup in the Host country of the world cup to give the teams preparation.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on August 22, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @ Bangladeshi Fans: Why those irrational claims mates? BD isn't among top 8 ODI teams in ICC ranking. They r still 3 Points behind than NZ. No doubt BD had beaten IND, SL in Asia Cup but that's only single match against each opponents. BD haven't won any series against top 8 teams except WI & NZ. In fact BD whitewashed NZ in Home & yet to beat KIWIS in a single game in NZ. They whitewashed a 2nd XI of WI in 2009. So BD still don't deserve any place in last edition of ICC Champs Trophy. The only way to include them is to make it a competition of all 10 Full Members but that's unnecessary.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 22, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    They should have added Bangladesh along with Ireland or Afghanistan.Bangladesh is doing well at the moment,who knows they could come up in the ranking by the time champion trophy happens in England. @ Srilanka, Cwc Champions ,Just by keeping the name,SL team is not going to win world cup.They need to play well in finals.By looking at the srilanka record in England ,they should have removed srilanka and added Bangladesh in the top eight teams.By the way,they don't win any series away from srilanka don't they? ROFL

  • sonu77 on August 22, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @siponus2007: ha ha ha..seems to be after one successful home asia cup u r over the moon..Your team did nothing outside of ur home to justify ur presence in the top8.Even Netherlands & Scotland are better than Bangladesh in English conditions.But I'm sure after 2,3 yrs likes of Shakib,Rahim & Nazir will bring success with consistancy in to the team.

  • on August 22, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    This tournament is very good without any minnows and useless matches. all matches have a substance. Champions Trophy is better then world cup.

  • on August 22, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Bangladesh isn't even better than Netherlands or Scotland, let alone any top 8 full member. BD fans need to stop making ridiculous claims day in and day out. Btw Bangladesh isn't due to beat India till 2016 now. Head to Head India leads 21-3, so wait 4 years for another one off glory. Until then you can live one the asia cup which you didn't even win. Lol.

  • mrcricket300 on August 22, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Please don't compare New Zealand with Bangladesh. New Zealand made it semifinals in the World Cup, while Bangladesh was too busy getting kicked out of the group stage. Also New Zealand were the finalist of the last champion trophy.

    They are better team than Bangladesh.

  • cricketfannik on August 22, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Its sad that this tournament will no longer exist. idk what fans like @Cpt.Meanster wants from 50 over format.This is the only tournament in which more than 2 teams plays(other than world cup) and now days ICC has stopped triangular series which was som much fun. now these time waste 5odi 7odi series are played and big player takes rest and no entertainment plus series is more often 4-1, 5-0 6-1, 5-2 these series are useless look at past few WI NZ 4-1, IND SRL 4-1, ENG AUS 4-0, IND ENG 4-0 and 5-0, SRI PAK 3-0, no entertainment is left splcy for 50over cricket. 20-20 has ruined all this and yeah this format is good 8 best teams should play and 10 should play in 50over cup no nonsense matches. t20 can have as many teams as they want but 50over should be protected. anyways lets see if ICC creates more triangular or even 4 nation odi imagine ind aus eng sa in SA or aus or even in ENg would be so great teams fighting to get into finals. ICC plz introduce more than 2 teams series. thanks

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @Natesan333 - Bro I can understand what you're trying to say that you want to see competitive tournament from all fronts but still you're not at all making any sense because in the top 8 teams itself, neither West Indies or New Zealand are nowhere near to the likes of the big teams in fact earlier this year, New Zealand got thrashed by South Africa 3-0 in their home ground and recently lost to a similar team of their calibre West Indies by yet another big margin 4-1 so justify your viewpoint because based on these evidences alone, there's NO competition. Also what do you mean the point of watching Bangladesh getting thrashed? Did Bangladesh get thrashed at the Asia Cup? I don't think so please behave sensibly because clearly your're worried from what I've just read from you. Don't forget that this Bangladesh team is the youngest and just look at the amount of top players of the other teams that have started to retire because I doubt these inexperienced new players will compete well.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 21, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    This is a meaningless ICC tournament that should have been done away with ages ago. I am glad it will cease to exist following this edition. I am really excited to see an India vs Pakistan encounter. It's always fascinating to play the Pakistanis. They are one of the teams that bring in flair and exuberance. Plus, it's always a mouth watering prospect to see our Indian batsmen against their good bowling attack. It's always been like that for a long time. Sachin, Ganguly, Azharuddin against Waqar, Wasim and Saqlain etc. It will surely be a mouth watering prospect. No matter who wins, I strongly feel both these countries need to play each other a bit more. I also would like to see sensible and constructive thoughts from either side of fans. No use of mindless banter and foolish patriotism.

  • siponus2007 on August 21, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    their cant be cricket without bangladesh , how bangladesh not in icc champinostrophy , bangladesh is currently a better team than india sirlanka , newzeland and westindies , icc really need to be look up on that

  • on August 21, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    At Edgbaston!! Can't Wait 2 Get Tickets :D

  • on August 21, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    This particular tournament should not be closed. It prepares all the teams for the world cup. India struggles a lot in champions trophy. This time India must win it.

  • on August 21, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Pak is having much superior record against India in ODI. Played 121 Matches against India in ODI History Pakistan winning 69, India Winning 48 with 4 No Results with Winning % of 59%

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    @Omarrz: Thanks for the data my friend. I didn't know about the 2004 match until now. Somehow I missed this match, probably it happened during my exams time. So, @getsetgopk: apologies for my incorrect data on champs trophy.

  • on August 21, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @getsetgopk Even with that record , Misbah's presence + spin based attack should give India a lot of hope. Isn't it? lol.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 21, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    I don't understand...I just don't understand... Why does Pakistan lose to India? No doubt India is a world class side but so is Pakistan. What makes Pakistan lose to India nowadays?

  • Omarrz on August 21, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @serious-am-i --> Mr. @getsetgopk is correct. Pakistan have played twice against India, once in 2004 (in England) where Mohd Yousuf was man of the match. Afridi went berserk in the end which eased the pressure. And second time in 2009 where Shoaib Malik and Mohd Yousuf scored 206 for 4th wicket. Infact that was the last ODI till date Pakistan has won against India.

    Here are the scorecards: 2004: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66207.html 2009: http://www.espncricinfo.com/iccct2009/engine/match/415278.html

  • on August 21, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    @Srilanka Cwc Champions India had a tie and did much better than the Aussies in their 3-0 in the ODIS. Got more wkts. and scored more runs with a severely depleted team. Aussies lost 4-0 too easily than the Indians, why shouldn't they be cut? DON"T BRING THE TESTS HERE.. only ODIS.

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    BD fans don't get disappointed with missing out the bus this time around. You could use this as an inspiration to play better cricket.@Srilanka Cwc Champions: Just for your information we have won more no.of tournaments in ODI's in Eng compared to your team which has never won a single test series in Eng. India may not end up winning tournament but at least it will not lose against your team like you have been doing with us every where, lost twice in Aus, lost in Asia Cup, lost in series in your backyard by 4-1, so u r currently the last person to comment on India. Ind defeated Eng 5-0 in ODI series back home & played decently well in ODI series in Eng as well, even though they didn't win any. For other SL fans, I am not by any means disrespecting SL, I have good respect for u guys, its only the immature fans such as this guy irked me in posting such a comment. Cheers and let the best team win.

  • on August 21, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    @serious-am-i...Sorry bro but I'm afraid I have to disagree with you but I just want to get straight with you that teams from number 1-7 are absolutely fine but New Zealand ahead of Bangladesh I really can't accept simply because since August 2010 till today, Bangladesh have a better record in ODIs than New Zealand infact during that period, Bangladesh whitewashed New Zealand 4-0 so you have to understand where I'm coming from and feel this was a deliberate move. But regardless, its definitely quite possible for Bangladesh to jump ahead of New Zealand before that ICC Trophy because after World T20, they finally have a lot of series coming up against West Indies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe where in contrast, New Zealand have South Africa and England so I still think there will be a lot of issues leading up to that tournament but only time will tell. The exciting thing is though that both Bangladesh and New Zealand will be facing eachother in their opening T20 clash so its a good preview.

  • on August 21, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    I think it should be play among TOP 6 nation based on world cup results...for example the teams who qualify for super six they should play this tournament on robin league based.So no one can blame that due to unfair ranking their team did not get the chance ;only those teams play the tournament who does well in WC.

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    @Srilanka Cwc Champions: Since, SL lost to India in Aus twice, lost 4-1 in SL then probably SL don't deserve place. SL even lost to BD, Pak in Asia Cup. So, make meaningful statements, don't dig a hole for yourself with such immature comments. Yeah, I do support 1 statement of yours that India will not win trophy though based on the current form of the squad, winning a tournament is a long way ahead, unless we get to see some drastic changes in the squads. To be more honest, I don't think any Asian team would win the tournament. I expect either SA or Aus/Eng to win it.

  • Thunee_man_Naidoo on August 21, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Glad this is the last one. A good idea having the top 8 teams play but compared to the World Cup the Champions Trophy has no credibility. I'm sure most don't consider it as a credible award to win

  • on August 21, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    It will be only a dream for india to win the trophy in England conditions where they were whitewashed LOL. Its better to include Bangladesh and cut india from the list. ROFL

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: brother, the question is not about how well did a team do in the past few years but how does the team rank. Even today NZ is on a better rank than BD, so there is no reason to complain about it. ODI's are played a lot more, so if BD had to gain ahead they should have done it already, its not T20's where each team plays very limited games & the rankings keep jumping like a seesaw.. So, obviously we are seeing the 8 sides which played Quarter Finals in the world cup, its not rocket science. Anyways, BD need to feel bad as they are closing fast if they continue to improve and have realistic goals ahead. @getsetgopk: Correction. Ind and Pak played once in Champions Trophy and India lost it, Pak had the team with Mohd. Amir in it. Pak has never won against India in any WC either T20 or ODI format.

  • on August 21, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @Afridynamite...Well yeah a little bit because New Zealand have been playing the worst Cricket in ODIs for the past 2 years but don't get too excited mate, its you guys who are so 'desperate' for Cricket to return to your country good luck in that one hope it goes well drones :))))

  • rock.rockyin on August 21, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @ Ahmer Ali Khan knw the facts before u speak something. IPL is not the cause for champions trophy . if u follow cricket regularly u will know wht is happening around .. here is the statement from ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgart long ago which states. they wud like to come up with TEST CHAMPIONSHIP in place of THIS..... "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,".......... huh i can only feel sad for all who claim that IPL is cause of everything! I think Bigbang theory happened due to IPL :-)|

  • MunafAhmed811 on August 21, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Now for next 1 year Pakistani fans will overhype this match and say "Time to take evenge for 1992 ,1996,1999,2003,2011 ,T20Wc2007 and 1985 B&H final loss". Then after this match slogan will be ""Time to take evenge for 1992 ,1996,1999,2003,2011 ,T20Wc2007 and 1985 B&H final loss and Champions trophy loss" P.S Not counting Asia cup revenges .

  • on August 21, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    insha Allah Pakistan wins this trophy and gud to see that champions trophy tournament back

  • on August 21, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    It will not be good to see matches of champions trophy for last time...! it should go on..!

  • on August 21, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    even ireland is btr team than bd. nonsense bd supporter..thing before u talk.

  • on August 21, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    plz any1 tel me that bd ever won any big tournament??? nope na...so why their supporter think that bd is btr team than top 8 team?? so funny...haha

  • dariuscorny on August 21, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Pak will be mauled.....go India.....

  • on August 21, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @serious-am-i...I understand what you're trying to say mate but the problem is that the past year or two in ODIs, Bangladesh have a better record than New Zealand I can give you the proof if you would like just ask me if you want to know.

  • Artificialintelligent1 on August 21, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    This will be interesting.Bad luck Bangladesh but icc don't have a choice because top 8 means top 8.it is a very small margin but still you are away from top 8.

  • on August 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    well in English condition only Aus/Eng/S.A have the chance, Asian quarter !! wait for next outing on batting paradise

  • ProdigyA on August 21, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Its in June 2013, almost a year later. So why the hurrah now? Looks like cricinfo needs more hits.

  • Natesan333 on August 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    This format is much better than WC. Of course there is a need for WC, since we need to expose the minnoes to the bigger stage, but events like this is where the excitement is. After all what is the point of watching countries like BD getting trashed by the big boys.

  • getsetgopk on August 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    India and Pakistan have played each other twice in champions trophy, Pakistan won both games.

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: The question is not about how many points is the difference, the simple evaluation is for top 8 teams, its as simple as that. There should be no exceptions made when it was decided long back, this is not a new decision.

  • on August 21, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Stupid leauges like IPL is the cause that Champions trophy will be play last time.. ICC is playing in BCCI's hand

  • Unmesh_cric on August 21, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    This is just ridiculous...last Champions Trophy? Champions Trophy is one the better ODI tournaments. I am an Indian fan, but I am now almost sick of watching India play against Sri Lanka in a bilateral ODI series. I would rather watch India play in a tournament where multiple teams play each other. I am sure other fans would feel the same about their respective teams. This tournament is always better than a bilateral ODI series. No wonder 50-over ODI format is struggling.

  • on August 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    The format where the best competes are the best. If you dont want to have a championship of 50 overs, either have it for 6 team plus one play off between 7 and 8th ranked so that a round robin can be fitted. People want to see the best and for survival of 50 overs this is must. Otherwise just have T20 between top 8 teams.

  • HeinekenBoy on August 21, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Too bad Bangladesh is not there. I'm sure they would have defeated at the two sides and clinching into semis or even in final. They are far better side than majority of these teams.

  • on August 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Hi bluestar 555

    How poor memory you have! You must forget Bangladesh is runner up of Asia cup 2012. Beating INDIA & Srilanka.

    I am sure if BD would be there they must beat INDIA. For this they made plan to exclude Bangladesh.

  • on August 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    @bluestar555, can't stop laughing after reading your comment. You Indians are afraid of BD nowadays so much. Don't dance dude, there are other teams in CT to knock you out.

  • on August 21, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Yes because more tournaments and test championship will effect schedule of IPL, and ICC is not enough stronger than BCCI.

  • on August 21, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Very bad idea of vanishing the tournament - This is one of the great entertainments - ICC please rethink on this decision

  • on August 21, 2012, 14:15 GMT

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  • tanstell87 on August 21, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    i remember growing up as a kid, ICC came up with an idea of playing knockout tournament in 1998 & it was hit amongst the cricket-fanatics all around the world....there used to be tri-series, series with 4 teams playing each other once & top 2 play in final...used to be fun watching those series...but they are not held anymore...every board is interested in making money....the meaningless bilateral series have become boring now & ICC should come up with tournaments like these...Champions Trophy should have been continued with top 8 teams with knock out format....i feel if ODIS have to survive which they will...cricket boards should arrange series with 4 or 5 teams....why not play an ODI Series every year where top 5 ODI teams clash & top 2 make the final...that would be fantastic for the ODI format....i reckon every team has a chance next year to win but me thinks India gonna win beating South Africa in the final !

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Such a irrelevant tournament anyway I mean Australia have already played England in a 5 match ODI series recently and will be playing the same boring series next year plus another match in the Champions Trophy with a possible final, no wonder Cricket is disliked by most of the World :)

  • Afridynamite on August 21, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @Shehzad Rajwani I agree with you - this format should be used for the world cup. Only top 8 countries should play split in 2 groups. @Ahmed Hussain sour grapes buddy?

  • on August 21, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    sachinkhairnar is right - the sudden death knockout format of the first 2 tournaments was far more exciting and gave the event its own unique flavour.

  • on August 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    pakistan zindabad.....destroy india.....

  • ExtremeSpeed on August 21, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    @bluestar555 - Yeah you're right after all, you don't want this team to embarrass and beat the likes of India, England, West Indies etc again I can see your frustration but good luck on your wishes. I'm just glad this is moderated, love to here your real views if you can all the best! :)

  • on August 21, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    i dont understand why it will be played for the last time, we need more tournaments with multiple countries playing not just 2 (too boring), or 3.. can icc make just one smart decision for once? even the test championship is postponed, .... not to mention the fact everyone hates and no one truly understand the ranking system, so being #1 doesnt matter one bit,,

  • shetakebanti on August 21, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I think it will be a great contest because top teams in it, so from now i m wating for this hope india will win it

  • venkatesh018 on August 21, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Can't wait for this blockbuster...Yaaaaaawn !

  • on August 21, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Shehzad Rajwani...because otherwise it won't be known as a WORLD CUP if only 8 teams of more than 200 play get real! common sense

  • QingdaoXI on August 21, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    This tournament flopped when it was renamed as Champions trophy and more matches were played as ICC was more interested in Revenue, i rememer first 2 edition they were called as ICC knockout championship it was super hit and had less number of matches. I hope they again start this tournament in this fashion it will be hit again, no need to play group matches for that type of concept we already have World cup.

  • bluestar555 on August 21, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    The most pleasant thing about this is there is no BANGLADESH. Hope to have more such tournaments without them.

  • the_wallster on August 21, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I'll probably watch it like i watched the last one in South Africa, but my preference would be to have this ridiculous tournament abolished for more Tests. It's a relief this will be the final competition of its kind.

  • ganirules on August 21, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    10 more months, no need to think about this tournament now.

  • Munkeymomo on August 21, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Gunna get opening game tickets I think. India V SA should be a good match. Stoked to have more cricket coming to Cardiff.

  • on August 21, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Australia will do a hat-trick in Champions Trophy also !!!!!

  • on August 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    ind vs pak on 15th mar......... aus vs new is on 12th mar......... both the matches rocks...........

  • serious-am-i on August 21, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Interesting groups, but the dates again are going to be a fuss for most players participating in IPL. As, IPL ends around Last week of May, and these players will have hardly 10 days to regroup with their teams to prepare themselves for the event. Anyways, all the best to the 8 top sides. Hopefully, the best one wins

  • on August 21, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    wonder how we qualified , bangladesh and Ireland better than us, they deserve a chance ahead of us, srilanka

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Best wishes to the Pakistani team !~!!

  • vinjoy on August 21, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Unfortunate that the tournament is being played last time next year. It is far more exciting and even content for teams with NO meaningless games than a 70 match IPL or a 54 match World Cup which has more than 50% matches as useless/one-sided contest. I wish ICC continues with this trophy, as the ONLY competitive global tournament in cricket.

  • Saim93 on August 21, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    It's on my 20th birthday! Inshallah Pakistan will win but it's a very tough group.

  • imtiaz-ahmad on August 21, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Good to c the two big rivals Pak nd Ind play each other, hope all the team play good crkt. My best wishes with PAKISTAN

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    "This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world's very best one-day sides in action" - lool I think they're the 'only' good one-day sides considering very few teams play this sport.

  • Umesh0921 on August 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    V love to watch India vs Pakistan match... now our team's hold all young star's incul. Sachin Huge contest in championship trophy 2013... a waiting 4 such fight match... all the best India........

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Why can't such a format be used for the World Cup?

  • Dannymania on August 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    All i want is a test championship.for as long as it takes.I am a test cricket lover and my team is actually pretty good at it right now.I'm from Pakistan and i think they proved themselves in test cricket when they beat england 3-0.ha ha ha.that series was FUN!!

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Pakistan v India match is scheduled on Saturday June 15th and not June 12th. cricinfo (the english cricket media) seems feeling the strain of loosing no.1 test ranking..

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    haha...I knew it! These rankings were supposed to be counted back from August 2010 but instead August 2011 so New Zealand can play in the Champions Trophy instead of Bangladesh simply ridiculous and totally unfair because Bangladesh would've been ranked higher than New Zealand. Only a very small margin of 3 points separate those teams but yet they're allowed a free pass so that's why I'm personally disappointed and also disappointed from ICC who clearly are not spreading and developing the great game into other countries. If the margin was by 10 points or something then I understand but common this is totally out of order by my reckoning. But who decides these groups or are they done randomly?

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    it'd be a gr8 contest thats for sure

  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 21, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    zzzz It still has an year to go.

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  • Porky_PigTheToon on August 21, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    zzzz It still has an year to go.

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    it'd be a gr8 contest thats for sure

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    haha...I knew it! These rankings were supposed to be counted back from August 2010 but instead August 2011 so New Zealand can play in the Champions Trophy instead of Bangladesh simply ridiculous and totally unfair because Bangladesh would've been ranked higher than New Zealand. Only a very small margin of 3 points separate those teams but yet they're allowed a free pass so that's why I'm personally disappointed and also disappointed from ICC who clearly are not spreading and developing the great game into other countries. If the margin was by 10 points or something then I understand but common this is totally out of order by my reckoning. But who decides these groups or are they done randomly?

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Pakistan v India match is scheduled on Saturday June 15th and not June 12th. cricinfo (the english cricket media) seems feeling the strain of loosing no.1 test ranking..

  • Dannymania on August 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    All i want is a test championship.for as long as it takes.I am a test cricket lover and my team is actually pretty good at it right now.I'm from Pakistan and i think they proved themselves in test cricket when they beat england 3-0.ha ha ha.that series was FUN!!

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Why can't such a format be used for the World Cup?

  • Umesh0921 on August 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    V love to watch India vs Pakistan match... now our team's hold all young star's incul. Sachin Huge contest in championship trophy 2013... a waiting 4 such fight match... all the best India........

  • on August 21, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    "This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world's very best one-day sides in action" - lool I think they're the 'only' good one-day sides considering very few teams play this sport.

  • imtiaz-ahmad on August 21, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Good to c the two big rivals Pak nd Ind play each other, hope all the team play good crkt. My best wishes with PAKISTAN

  • Saim93 on August 21, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    It's on my 20th birthday! Inshallah Pakistan will win but it's a very tough group.