Champions Trophy 2013 May 28, 2013

Gibson picks England as favourites

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West Indies coach Ottis Gibson has picked out hosts England as the team to beat in this year's Champions Trophy because of their familiarity with conditions in the early summer.

"England would be the best team to play in England in these conditions at this time of the year" Gibson said. The tournament will be played between June 6 and 23, and James Anderson and Stuart Broad have found form in the on-going Test series against New Zealand. "To my mind, they are the favourites and for the rest of the seven teams, it is who gets settled and used to the conditions quickly enough.

"And that's what our aim is - to get there and get ourselves acclimatised as quickly as possible," Gibson said. "We know that we have a lot of guys who have played in England before in those conditions but it is all about gelling as soon as we can and making sure that when the main event comes on June 7, we are ready for that."

West Indies, who had won the Champions Trophy the last time it was held in England in 2004, square off against Pakistan in their first match at The Oval.

Gibson's prediction and wariness of English conditions were not unfounded. At almost the same time last year when West Indies toured England, their sole victory was in a one-day game against Middlesex. Though Marlon Samuels racked up a century and three fifties, England won the three Test series 2-0 and then wrapped up the three-ODI series 2-0 and lone T20 as well.

West Indies, however, rounded off 2012 by becoming the T20 world champions, beating the hosts Sri Lanka in the final. "Winning major events gives the confidence" Gibson said. "There will be some pressure of course, but the fact that we have won the last major event means that we get confidence from it also, and there is a lot of belief among the players."

Gibson said the conditions might also impact the playing eleven. "It might be that we think when we are playing subcontinental teams that play spin very well, we might want to play an extra fast bowler or whatever the case may be. We don't know that yet."

West Indies, who had their first training session in Cardiff on Monday, targeted repeating their 2004 victory despite being in a group featuring India, South Africa and Pakistan. "Getting out of the group is our first challenge and getting to the quarter-finals and semi-finals, and then our aim is to be playing on the 23rd, in the finals. I think we have a pretty good record in finals."

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  • neilvirani on May 28, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Even as an India fan, I don't see them coming close to winning. The batting line up is strong (though Raina's going to get bounced out) but the bowling attack is very green, especially for the conditions. I see it being a good learn opportunity though.

    The Saffers look good but the loss of Kallis and Smith will really hurt.

    I can't see past England, especially with the new rules. They're built for steady but quick accumulation with Cook, Bell and Trott and then exploding with Morgan and Bopara. And the bowling attack in these conditions is the best in the world.

    The Windies can destroy anyone on their day with their batting but their bowling is unlikely to be consistent enough to win. Still, good dark horses.

    And I'd tip New Zealand to win a game, maybe even make it to the semi's. The bowlers have looked excellent and the batsmen, while they've been poor in the Tests have that experience of the conditions. On a good day, McCullum and Taylor can really hurt you.

  • kentjones on June 1, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Very disappointed in Gibson's comments about England being favourites. Seems he has already given up on WI. What message is he sending to the players on the squad? Even if he may feel that the English conditions are best suited to England, there is no reason to go public on this. Gibson what are you trying to prove your knowledge of the game? Your ability to predict results? That is not your job, refrain from being a cricket pundit and be a coach to this team. They need all the encouragement they can get. With your knowledge of English conditions lets plot a way to win this thing for the WI. Use your time and energy to get the boys in shape for this, and leave your public relations gimmicks in your backpocket.

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    According to the conditions- Englard, Australia, Newzealand and South Africa have clear edge above the rest.

    According to the batting line-up- England, India, West Indies, South Africa and Srilanka have an edge.

    According to the bowling line-up- England, Pakistan and South Africa are favourites.

    According to the fielding excellency- India, Australia, West Indies and Srilanka are good.

    England are the favorites at all aspects. South Africa and West Indies are 2nd favorites bt still they have to perform well and must see how they handle pressure situation.

    Newzealand and Pakistan are unpredictable and must see how they perform this time.

    India and Australia are weak in team composition as most of the players lack experience but are dynamic in field. But both the teams can find new talents for future eventhough if they couldnt perform well this time :)

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    England is clearly the favourite tis time and have a good team with experience and fresh talent.

    Team should be 1) Cook 2) Buttler 3) Trott 4) Morgan 5) Root 6) Bopara 7) Tredwell 8) Anderson 9) Broad 10) Swann 11 ) Woakes.

  • vallavarayar on May 30, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I can't believe that such a poor reader of the game is the Windies coach. How cqn anybody remotely interested in the game predict that England are the favourites for ODI tournament. Hello Otis... The 80s called...They want you back.

  • on May 29, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Brave pick by Gibson frankly I see a South Africa being a threat along with Unpredictable Pakistan ( despite the fact that they are in the toughest group! but that's a good thing one win against a tough foe and you know you will be in ). South Africa has remarkable bowling skills for English conditions and Pakistan are always a handful on their day, something tell me England will be there for sure but whoever wins the India-Pakistan match will be second and go through! excitement at its best.

  • Narabavi on May 29, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I don't see any chance for India this time. South Africa & Pakistan will qualify for semi finals along with Sri Lanka & New Zealand.

  • first_slip on May 29, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    in ICC Main Events, No team perform Better than Sri Lanka and Australia, this time will not be any deference, mark my words

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    After this statement by Coach Otis Gibson , I will be looking closely at the relationship between BRAVO/GIBSON for the series . WI are in England to WIN , if not why make the trip . It seems to me that the Coach think that we (WI) are dead and bury before a ball bowl .

  • latecut_04 on May 29, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks--had just laughed my heart out reading your comment about SL 'greats' in England and unknown machinery Kusal Perera.just now spilled the evening coffee all over my laptop reading your joke of a comment-SL Vs Eng final...wonder what follows...really cant laugh more than this yaar..give me a break..

  • neilvirani on May 28, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Even as an India fan, I don't see them coming close to winning. The batting line up is strong (though Raina's going to get bounced out) but the bowling attack is very green, especially for the conditions. I see it being a good learn opportunity though.

    The Saffers look good but the loss of Kallis and Smith will really hurt.

    I can't see past England, especially with the new rules. They're built for steady but quick accumulation with Cook, Bell and Trott and then exploding with Morgan and Bopara. And the bowling attack in these conditions is the best in the world.

    The Windies can destroy anyone on their day with their batting but their bowling is unlikely to be consistent enough to win. Still, good dark horses.

    And I'd tip New Zealand to win a game, maybe even make it to the semi's. The bowlers have looked excellent and the batsmen, while they've been poor in the Tests have that experience of the conditions. On a good day, McCullum and Taylor can really hurt you.

  • kentjones on June 1, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Very disappointed in Gibson's comments about England being favourites. Seems he has already given up on WI. What message is he sending to the players on the squad? Even if he may feel that the English conditions are best suited to England, there is no reason to go public on this. Gibson what are you trying to prove your knowledge of the game? Your ability to predict results? That is not your job, refrain from being a cricket pundit and be a coach to this team. They need all the encouragement they can get. With your knowledge of English conditions lets plot a way to win this thing for the WI. Use your time and energy to get the boys in shape for this, and leave your public relations gimmicks in your backpocket.

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    According to the conditions- Englard, Australia, Newzealand and South Africa have clear edge above the rest.

    According to the batting line-up- England, India, West Indies, South Africa and Srilanka have an edge.

    According to the bowling line-up- England, Pakistan and South Africa are favourites.

    According to the fielding excellency- India, Australia, West Indies and Srilanka are good.

    England are the favorites at all aspects. South Africa and West Indies are 2nd favorites bt still they have to perform well and must see how they handle pressure situation.

    Newzealand and Pakistan are unpredictable and must see how they perform this time.

    India and Australia are weak in team composition as most of the players lack experience but are dynamic in field. But both the teams can find new talents for future eventhough if they couldnt perform well this time :)

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    England is clearly the favourite tis time and have a good team with experience and fresh talent.

    Team should be 1) Cook 2) Buttler 3) Trott 4) Morgan 5) Root 6) Bopara 7) Tredwell 8) Anderson 9) Broad 10) Swann 11 ) Woakes.

  • vallavarayar on May 30, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I can't believe that such a poor reader of the game is the Windies coach. How cqn anybody remotely interested in the game predict that England are the favourites for ODI tournament. Hello Otis... The 80s called...They want you back.

  • on May 29, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Brave pick by Gibson frankly I see a South Africa being a threat along with Unpredictable Pakistan ( despite the fact that they are in the toughest group! but that's a good thing one win against a tough foe and you know you will be in ). South Africa has remarkable bowling skills for English conditions and Pakistan are always a handful on their day, something tell me England will be there for sure but whoever wins the India-Pakistan match will be second and go through! excitement at its best.

  • Narabavi on May 29, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I don't see any chance for India this time. South Africa & Pakistan will qualify for semi finals along with Sri Lanka & New Zealand.

  • first_slip on May 29, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    in ICC Main Events, No team perform Better than Sri Lanka and Australia, this time will not be any deference, mark my words

  • mar2000 on May 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    After this statement by Coach Otis Gibson , I will be looking closely at the relationship between BRAVO/GIBSON for the series . WI are in England to WIN , if not why make the trip . It seems to me that the Coach think that we (WI) are dead and bury before a ball bowl .

  • latecut_04 on May 29, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks--had just laughed my heart out reading your comment about SL 'greats' in England and unknown machinery Kusal Perera.just now spilled the evening coffee all over my laptop reading your joke of a comment-SL Vs Eng final...wonder what follows...really cant laugh more than this yaar..give me a break..

  • 2.14istherunrate on May 29, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    It may be hard to decide who is going to win this competition,one thing is for sure:-it will not be Bangladesh unless something weird happens. Of the rest I wouild discount Sri Lanka at first and India who have quality except for these conditions. Kiwis have the bowlers minus Boult but the batting is weak.;they are mostly acclimatised though. Windies look okay but need confidence to play well. Pakistan are an interesting bet having come over early to play a few games and couild do well-certainly semis,I think. South Africa probably would get another semi spot because of seamer quality and runs at the top. Australia will enjoy the challenge and if the wickets favour seam would do well, but lack batting class. England should reach the finals even without KP but we know what they are like on paper. I would suggest though E v Pak/SA in Final. I would rather SA than Pak as an Englishman.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 29, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    The final will be between England and Sri Lanka. !!!

  • Shahid06 on May 29, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    India has never defeated Pakistan in Champions Trophy and I hope it remains the same this time around. Teams with better bowling units will prevail. I hope Pakistan and SA will qualify for the SF from GroupB and England and SL from the other group....Hopefully it will be a Pakistan Vs England final....:):) Both teams are the only top rated teams that have never won ICC Champions trophy and I think they will put every effort to do it in this last edition of ICC Champions trophy...

  • on May 29, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Didn't india win 3-2 in winter.

  • CricketMaan on May 29, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    For Gibson, the challenge is to get the likes of Bravos, Pollards into the groove right after IPL hangover..it ain't easy for both Windies and India to get off the IPL hangover so quickly as these two teams had a lot of thier players playing last 2 months!

  • nattuz on May 29, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    india does well when they are not counted as favourites. the batting has firepower but will it deliver in typical english conditions?? even if the batting clicks, bowling is a big question.gibson is right whichever team acclimatises quickly has a better chance to progress!!

  • miruuXI on May 29, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    My Fav: England, Pakistan and West Indies.. England has a best side in all time. but still this team flop in major tournaments. There is only a hope for them they win this time.. But WHY pakistan & west Indies they are unpredictable. Pakistan has bad series against south Africa but they performed well in oneday.. Hope there form come back in next 2 warmup as batter is major worry for pakistan. and for west Indies they need to reduce gale work load.. they can beat any site in the world.

  • delboy on May 29, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    As a coach who started my coaching career here even if Im scouting for my old job my present team starts as favourite. Those players mentioned finding form already are a complete contrast in the limited over and tournament fixtures as Yuvraj proved with Broad. Gibson should be talking up his team chance rather England who will not get out of their group.

  • on May 29, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    I wont be surprised if the finals would be between Sri Lanka and Pakistan .

  • cric_gates on May 29, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    My Fav 4 : India, S Africa, Aus and Sri Lanka. Some of English fan are shouting for England as a Fav.Good. There is nothing bad in supporting your own country.But even Afganistan fan counts Afganistan as fav when they play world cups. 1. India is current world Champ, so it is India as Fav but I think S africa can also be. 2. England will not qualify for semis as d stat suggest and so it will be. 3. I believe England are more choker than S Africa and in real they are.

  • Narbavi on May 29, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Surprising how no one gives Australia a chance, they are the favourites for me!!

  • jmcilhinney on May 29, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Picking a favourite is very difficult and almost meaningless in such a short tournament. One really good or really bad game can make or break any team. You'd have to think that England are a good chance because noone has beaten them in an ODI series at home for a while. The loss of KP does hurt them though, at least on paper. I'm quite sure that there will be plenty of people to belittle the achievement if England do win, pointing out that it's not the WC and other teams weren't trying because it's the last CT and noone cares. Those same people will, of course, be the first to crow about it if their team wins. The fact is that every team in the competition will be trying their best to win it, although they would all prefer to win a WC given the choice. Whoever wins will have to have played well and will deserve it and just about every team is capable of doing so.

  • Rukky on May 29, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Well, It really gonna be a tough competition for any team apart SL. They all are strong in their own strengths. SA is strong because of Its Pace bowling attack which really suits English Conditions and So suits to England and Australia. England Batting is also very strong in their home condition. Pak is not good in batting dept. but they can thrash anyone by bowling only because of having good seam, swing and ever spin attack. India, off course, strong team. Their Batting is strong (but may be not strong enough in English Condtions), and their bowling, they have few good seamers i.e., Bhuvneshwer and Umesh....and offcourse WI cando great damage to any team on its day. so it will be really toughest competition we have seen since long years...Please enjoy it.....Sorry to SL fans...

  • latecut_04 on May 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    neilvirani--Couldnt miss your post since it was featured and should say i agree with most of your comments except your observation about NZ and failure to mention Aus among favourites.Eng definitely is tipped very much but cannot see Bopara 'exploding' much.cant see that hurting them ,though.Aus have a good pace attack and Doherty can be a decent bet in ODIs(for variation).Batting lineup starting with Watto till MJ can be a handful in ODIs.All the recent Australian defeats have been in tests(mostly.)Talking about NZ they are more than capable of 'winning a match.' Southee swings the ball like anyone else,has Martin for company and with Ross, Bazz and co can be dangerous..ENg,AUs,NZ and SA are favourites to lift CT2013(in that order.)BUT the first 3 are in the same group and cannot qualify together.Ind/WI can sneak in due to this to last 4.NZ / SA may falter because they err somehow in knockout stages in ICC tournaments and we may be in for an Aus Vs Eng final..Any thoughts.

  • deepakRajbanshi on May 29, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    India vs Australia, or Eng Vs India on Fitting finale

  • vxttemp on May 29, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @Mayan820: crushing India won't get SA this cup. They have to defeat other teams too. By the way, let SA win a reasonable ODI tournament and then let us talk about SA. I for one counted WI and SA(due to Kirsten's presence) for the last T20. SA failed and I guess your AB played that tournament too. For me this time, Aussies are the favourites, next Pakistan and then SA. Next set is WI and England. I would fancy NZ compared to SL and India. I wish my prediction goes wrong :-):-)

  • Mayan820 on May 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    I am sorry . . . Did I say Indian Test Captains? I mean English Test Captains who retired in Graham Smith's reign as Protea captain. Point is, for some or other reason our Proteas thrive in English conditions. If A.B. de Villiers fails on the day, there are plenty others who canl succeed, Alviro Petersen, Hashim Amla (if you don't know him yet, you will soon), F. du Plessis (please go and ask any Ausie international cricketer who this guy is; they will never forget him), J. P. Juminee, D. Miller (who on his own won an impossible game for King's Punjab against Bangalore Royal Challengers during the recent IPL tournament) and so I can go on. Morne Morkel is an entirely different prospect in England than he is in India and I doubt if I can tell you anything about Dale Steyn. You will dismiss this Protea team to your peril.

  • on May 29, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Not many people would think australia are favourites but I think australia has one the best pace attack in the tournament and they have watson,clarke,D hussey in the batting department so don't count australia out of this,they always do well in these tournaments.England and south africa are not cut out for these tounaments because SA can't handle pressure and england team minus KP is not so good . I think pak has a good chance to win because their overall bowling is useful in any condition . India has very good batting line up with Kohli,Dhawan,Dhoni,sharma but and our new ball bowling is not bad but I think we don't bowl well at the death and its a big problem unless we sort that out we not gona win.I hope they do.Go india!!

  • on May 29, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Win the toss, bowl first... win? I recall this formula was very potent in the last ICC Champions Trophy... the team batting first is at a huge disadvantage in day games, where the swinging ball makes it dangerous to score freely. It usually lends to teams putting up decent scores of 240-260 and getting run over with overs to spare as batting becomes increasingly easier batting second.

  • goldeneraaus on May 29, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    @devanshu, your line ups appear to be well researched but they are truly stupefying, ROGERS in the one day team?! Lyon and Sandu both of whom are uncapped in ODI's? D. hussey despite being given a long run in ODI's and never cementing his spot? Finch despite being given the entire home summer and not managing any runs? Can't even begin on your other line ups..

  • gibbs.175 on May 29, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Yes ENG is a good side this time but their barsmen always strurgle against good fast bowlers and good spinners....they can enter into semi or finale but winning the ICC trophy ,,,,,,not possible.....I think SA should make it ..this time

  • on May 28, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    wait didn't India beat England (although at home) in winter, where the ball does assist swing and seam.

  • on May 28, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Pakistan are the favorites for me because of the pace attack which includes Irfan and Junaid with saeed ajmal and hafeez as qualit spinners and third seemer can be a good choice.English wickets support Quality fast bowling so England, South africa and Pakistan are the teams to look at

  • Mayan820 on May 28, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Siddharth Bhaskar . . . My dear fellow, you are in for one heng of a surprise in this tournament when you see this Protea team on the field. India, for one, will wish that they were rather drawn in the other group with the Ausies and New Zealand, because the Proteas are going to thrash you Indians properly. The Proteas absolutely thrive in English conditions. They love it there. You can go and do some research on exactly how many Indian test captains have now retired in Graham Smith's reign as Protea test captain . . . I believe the count now stands at 4. Our ODI captain, A.B. de Villiers, moreover, knows every one of your Indian ODI players intimately. On his own he is going to smash your Indian bowlers to pieces. Just watch and see what is coming your way in that very first match of the Champions Trophy 2013, just watch . . .

  • khansa06 on May 28, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    The team that closely watches Ajmals wrists more than watching his finger, will end up winning this tournament.

  • mredz84 on May 28, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    @Ricardo Mitchell Bangladesh arent in the CT

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    India have a much better chance of doing well this tournament seeing as they've changed half the team since the humiliation they got from England. With a bit of luck they could get to the final. England still outright favourites though... England, RSA, WI teams to look out for

  • IPSY on May 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    I don't think that England without KP is too much of a threat in ODI cricket - whether in England or anywhere else. It's all left to the bowling performance of the West Indies bowlers in my view. Jadejafan, we are a handfull of individual countries politically, but a SINGLE COUNTRY IN CRICKET. That is why when our boys get serious about their game, they're always the best in the world! Have you ever seen Chris GAYLE, the biggest name in batting in the world? He is from one of these small countries. And remember that his popularity is not hyped; it's as a result of naturally 'AWESOME PERFORMANCES"! I have seen a names of a few players banded about the place who have never really done anything that is AWESOME, meaning that other players can't do, given the chance. So don't try to underestimate West Indies my friend!

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @Scott - Tournaments won by India at England - 1983 Worldcup (crushed england in the semi's), 2002 Natwest trophy (thrashed England in the final) We also kicked England out of the worldcup in 1999 when you were playing at home. Face it mate....however india performs round the year....they have it in them to win big tournaments that England and South africa don't have. How many major ODI titles has England won ? All you care about is the ashes... We have a much better record when it comes to winning big tournaments.....and not matter what people say - two teams that will not be able to win this tournament are England & South Africa - you just don't have it in you.. sorry :D i know it hurts.....Bharat Mata ki Jai !!!

  • vigneshvinu on May 28, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    I think india is in tough group though SA have lost Smith and Kallis,They have a very good pace attack. India had never won against pakistan in champions trophy. We can expect bhuvanesh and vinay to swing the ball where those pitches will assist them.But biggest question mark is our batting.Huge reponisibility on the shoulders of dhoni and raina.So quiet a tough challenge for india in CT.

  • on May 28, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @Scott Robbins - nice facts..isnt it true for England as well..?? You come to India we smash your inflated bloated egos to pieces..we have atleast won somethings in England..what about your own country..?? We have won world cup'83 handed to us on a silver platter (hope someone hands that to your country someday,still trying to win world cup once..tch tch..),Natwest 2001 was again something you short term memory doesnt remember..and 2011...please check the score sheets,our batting never failed there..it was the bowling which failed us else the story could have been different..the only match where bowling was doing good..got washed out..so please please pray hard..cuz i can see you eating your own words pretty soon..

  • on May 28, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    @Jadejafan, your elitist-arrogance is highly-amusing so i'll indulge you. I wouldn't over-celebrate just yet, you're playing in England now, not your flat, dusty graveyard pitches, with the soft, useless Kookaburra balls, designed to inflate the home-team's batting average. As much as i rate Kholi and Dhoni, they won't be finding it so easy to hit, as they do in the dead-heat, sauna conditions of India. Besides...how many major tournaments have India won in England?...the 1983 World Cup, which the Windies gave you on a silver-platter. And the last time India toured England (2011), their almighty batting line-up got completely owned like a bunch of minnows. You like facts, well there's some for you...

  • on May 28, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    West Indies are an ordinary team now. They have the talent but its all about performing and performing consistently.

  • on May 28, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja has 3 triple centuries in FC cricket(which is quite remarkable for a bowling all rounder) for all who don't know. Windies look weak their XI should've been: Gayle, Simmons, Chanders, Nash(WK), Smith, Charles,Pollard,DJ bravo, Narine, Jerome Taylor & Best.

    India Should Play: Irfan(opening bat and bowl), Dhawan, Kohli,D Karthik, Raina, RG Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin, Yadav, Sharma, Kumar.

    Aussies look weak :( they should've picked: Watson, Warner, Aaron Finch(amazing IPL and Ryobi Season), Clarke(he should bowl his slow left arm), DJ Hussey(all rounder), Rogers, Haddin,Mitch Johnson, Coulter-Nile, Gurinder Sandhu and Nathan Lyon.

    Nz should've opted for experience because they are losing quite frequently..Suggested squad....:M Sinclair, B McCullum, Young(U19 captain),M Papps, Luke Ronchi, Scotty Styris, Daniel Vettori, Luke woodcock, Daryl Tuffey, Mark gillespie, Ian Butler. The current team has no chance.

    In shouldnt play jadeja until and unless Dinesh Karthik is out ofform

  • glance_to_leg on May 28, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Thank you Flash_hard27 for pointing out my utter stupidity. Shows how much I care about 50 over cricket. Shame that they will not be playing though ... Perhaps England could relinquish their spot (we shall probably be hopeless anyway) and let the Bangladesh team play instead. It would make me really happy if they did well, and I expect they'd get plenty of local support given the significant Bangladeshi population in the UK. Meanwhile, England's players could concentrate on preparing for the Ashes with some county cricket ... and a few long nets.

  • Charlie101 on May 28, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    The CT is as open as the last T20 world cup but in reality you have to have a decent fast bowling unit and a spinner to win in England so Sri Lanka and India can be discounted. Because it is at home England would have to start as favourites however my money will be on a Pakistani win as they always perform in the world cups and have the bowling attack including Ajmal.

    As for the Indian fans who think they will win the trophy i suggest that 1. You look at your bowling attack and think who will take your wickets

    2. Which of your batsmen likes playing fast bowling in the ribs because that is where all the fast bowlers will be aiming !!! The answer to this is only Dhoni who always performs with the bat - one man can not win the tournement for you.

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I love this article. I do believe that West Indies can win this tournament. To do so, West Indies must beat England or South Africa in the final. WI have all the big guns and emerging test players such as Gayle, Narine, Samuels, Sammy and Roach. Bangladesh should not be taken lightly because they always throw some early fatal punches in a tournament. And based on how Bangladesh has been playing recently, It would not surprise me if they pop up in the final. Gentle folks, please remember the shape of the cricket ball!

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    In Shaa ALLAH Pakistan will win Champions Trophy ....... ALLAH bless on our Pak Team

  • Shahid06 on May 28, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Hi Everone,

    Pakistan team seems to be weak on paper this time around but don't forget the fact that they have been in the Semi-Finals of the last 6 ICC events since 2007 and in the Finals of 2 of these events. (This list includes 4 T20 WCs, One Champions Trophy, One World Cup).. I would also go with England being the favourites though!!

  • Jadejafan on May 28, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    India will win this Champions Trophy so don't get your hopes up guys but good luck you need it. I can see Kohli, Jadeja and Dhoni dominating all these 'amazing' bowling attacks.

  • vimal03 on May 28, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    I don't even think England will make semis as their batting isn't good enough for ODI cricket. England haven't got good depth bating to score quick runs between 40-50 overs. Anderson of course a good bowler but ordinary in short version of the game. Meanwhile broad is an inconstant bowler and expecting to give so many runs and also expecting Swan to do no damage, specially against subcontinent. Australia and Srilanka are better team with good all rounders and young talent.

  • lukecannon on May 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Guys dont worry it says "Jadejafan" . HE's Indian. End of story .. This guys behaviour ought to be congratulated because its extrely better compared to their future captain. lol

  • Flash_hard27 on May 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @glance-to-leg. Bangladesh don't qualify. Which is why Jadejafan is so sore about it.

  • Flash_hard27 on May 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @jagger - Trust me on this, most England fans don't like T20 cricket. But that is the way the world seems to be moving. Looking forward to England / Aus final, just like the T20 World Cup. I am sure you remember how that finished!

  • on May 28, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Well I tend to agree with the writers commnents in respect of the conditions in Engand and Wales. We may well also have to contend with the weather. Yes Anderson and Broad have been swinging the ball well, however there are plenty of foreign based players with experience of these conditions, ie Steyne, Malinga. I am sure also that, spin will also play its part. Looking forward to a good competition and maybe not as many huge upsets as the recent IPL!

  • glance_to_leg on May 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Don't underestimate Bangladesh. I expect them to cause at least one upset (and not as a result of Indian businessmen rigging matches). It is great for teams such as Bangladesh to be given a chance.

    Jadejafan, why on earth does it matter that West Indies is not a country? In rugby the British and Irish Lions represent two or four/five countries depending on how one wishes to count them. Does that mean they are not a great team? The European side in the Ryder Cup does not represent a country? In my almost 50 years, the West Indies have played consistently the most exciting and entertaining cricket of any nation. Even today when they are no longer a real force in the game, they are still brilliant entertainers (and who wouldn't want Gayle in their side in any form of the game). Unfortunately politics and the lure of American sports have undermined the once great (est?) side, but let's hope they get strong again. WIndies are great for cricket.

  • Jagger on May 28, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    From an ardent antipodean ODI viewer who backed Australia to beat England 5-0 last time they met and collected handsomely, it would be very fitting to see the country most responsible for the increasing dearth of ODI's win a defunct tournament. The assertion being our beloved Pom's monumental lack of success in F50 is the reason they like T20 so much. Either that, or three Australian World Cups in a row... ;)

  • Tamimfan on May 28, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Jadejafan - w indies are the current t20 champions man. and they were the one who won the champions trophy last time in england (2004) and have been runners up on two other occasions (1998, 2006). what has bangladesh achieved in the last 10 years to merit a place in champions trophy? the name suggests the qualification for this tournament: its "CHAMPIONS" trophy not minnows trophy.

  • Munkeymomo on May 28, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Jadejafan: Yup, these are facts. What is your point?

  • on May 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    darren bravi is injured and has not played any competitive cricket in a while, samuels was injurd in the ipl and has not played for a while. shiv chanderpaul and dwayne smith should have replaced these two. wi is in big trouble

  • Silva-Surfa on May 28, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I just found out that the West Indies isn't even a country!!..who says you don't learn something new everyday. Well now that we've got that shocking revelation out of the way and back to the subject matter at hand, i think that Gibson does have a point. With the schedule starting in early June, i can see some matches being ruined by rain, with a bit of sunshine, but mainly overcast conditions, it should be taylor-made for England's seamers, but without the ex-factor that is KP, their batting line-up is still good, but won't cause nightmares to opposition bowlers. The key is how the batsmen from other countries can adjust to the conditions, with the springlike cold weather and the whiteball swinging/seaming around the pitch, will see alot of low-scoring games. But if the sun comes out then batting will become alot easier. The Windies have a strong, but unpredictable batting line-up and i don't trust their bowlers to have the discipline to defend a competitive total in a 50-over match.

  • Jadejafan on May 28, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    West Indies isn't even a country. This team got beaten by Australia and Bangladesh in its last 2 ODI series.

  • Jadejafan on May 28, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    West Indies isn't even a country. This team got beaten by Australia and Bangladesh in its last 2 ODI series.

  • Silva-Surfa on May 28, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    I just found out that the West Indies isn't even a country!!..who says you don't learn something new everyday. Well now that we've got that shocking revelation out of the way and back to the subject matter at hand, i think that Gibson does have a point. With the schedule starting in early June, i can see some matches being ruined by rain, with a bit of sunshine, but mainly overcast conditions, it should be taylor-made for England's seamers, but without the ex-factor that is KP, their batting line-up is still good, but won't cause nightmares to opposition bowlers. The key is how the batsmen from other countries can adjust to the conditions, with the springlike cold weather and the whiteball swinging/seaming around the pitch, will see alot of low-scoring games. But if the sun comes out then batting will become alot easier. The Windies have a strong, but unpredictable batting line-up and i don't trust their bowlers to have the discipline to defend a competitive total in a 50-over match.

  • on May 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    darren bravi is injured and has not played any competitive cricket in a while, samuels was injurd in the ipl and has not played for a while. shiv chanderpaul and dwayne smith should have replaced these two. wi is in big trouble

  • Munkeymomo on May 28, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @Jadejafan: Yup, these are facts. What is your point?

  • Tamimfan on May 28, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Jadejafan - w indies are the current t20 champions man. and they were the one who won the champions trophy last time in england (2004) and have been runners up on two other occasions (1998, 2006). what has bangladesh achieved in the last 10 years to merit a place in champions trophy? the name suggests the qualification for this tournament: its "CHAMPIONS" trophy not minnows trophy.

  • Jagger on May 28, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    From an ardent antipodean ODI viewer who backed Australia to beat England 5-0 last time they met and collected handsomely, it would be very fitting to see the country most responsible for the increasing dearth of ODI's win a defunct tournament. The assertion being our beloved Pom's monumental lack of success in F50 is the reason they like T20 so much. Either that, or three Australian World Cups in a row... ;)

  • glance_to_leg on May 28, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Don't underestimate Bangladesh. I expect them to cause at least one upset (and not as a result of Indian businessmen rigging matches). It is great for teams such as Bangladesh to be given a chance.

    Jadejafan, why on earth does it matter that West Indies is not a country? In rugby the British and Irish Lions represent two or four/five countries depending on how one wishes to count them. Does that mean they are not a great team? The European side in the Ryder Cup does not represent a country? In my almost 50 years, the West Indies have played consistently the most exciting and entertaining cricket of any nation. Even today when they are no longer a real force in the game, they are still brilliant entertainers (and who wouldn't want Gayle in their side in any form of the game). Unfortunately politics and the lure of American sports have undermined the once great (est?) side, but let's hope they get strong again. WIndies are great for cricket.

  • on May 28, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Well I tend to agree with the writers commnents in respect of the conditions in Engand and Wales. We may well also have to contend with the weather. Yes Anderson and Broad have been swinging the ball well, however there are plenty of foreign based players with experience of these conditions, ie Steyne, Malinga. I am sure also that, spin will also play its part. Looking forward to a good competition and maybe not as many huge upsets as the recent IPL!

  • Flash_hard27 on May 28, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    @jagger - Trust me on this, most England fans don't like T20 cricket. But that is the way the world seems to be moving. Looking forward to England / Aus final, just like the T20 World Cup. I am sure you remember how that finished!

  • Flash_hard27 on May 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @glance-to-leg. Bangladesh don't qualify. Which is why Jadejafan is so sore about it.