ICC Champions Trophy 2013 August 21, 2012

India to play Pakistan in Champions Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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 :)))

  • Andy 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.

  • Abdul 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

  • Dummy4 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 :)

  • Dummy4 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 :)))

  • Dummy4 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.

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