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ICC may abolish Champions Trophy

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March 6, 2011

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The Champions Trophy could go the way of the dodo as part of the ICC's push to reorganise the global cricket calendar. The next edition of the tournament is supposed to be held in 2013, but Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, has said they were looking to have just one primary tournament in each of the three formats of the game

"What we're trying to work towards is a pinnacle event in each format," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive said at a press conference in Chennai. "So if we're looking to our next cycle, we might think definitely about [losing] the Champions Trophy."

Another potential problem for the tournament is fitting it into the new Future Tours Program. In October, the ICC approved the creation of a league-style Test Championship and redrew the lines of one-day cricket as part of an extensive restructuring of the international game. The first play-off in the newly constituted Test Championship is now scheduled to be held in 2013, the same year as the next Champions Trophy.

A one-day cricket league - mirroring the existing team rankings - will also be part of the FTP, starting in April 2011 and running over four years to culminate in the crowning of the first ODI league champion in April 2014. The league will run separately from the World Cup, further crowding the calendar.

The Champions Trophy was first played in 1998 and has typically been held every two years since. The first two tournaments were intended to raise the profile of the game in the host nations, Bangladesh and Kenya. Australia won the last tournament in 2009


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Posted by Ajay on (March 7, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Well I am happy that Ponting will be the only captain to hold this cup twice and hope this World Cup will be his thrice as skipper. All i can say is BEST PLAYER , CAPTAIN , BATSMAN, of this era.BEST OF LUCK PONTING !

Posted by Harsh on (March 7, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

i think 12 teams should be part of next cwc (in 2015), 10 test teams+ 2 associates make 3 groups of 4 teams. 2 from each group will go to next round(super six) and after that 2 semis & final.

less matches, but very competitive group. even associate team can reach super six. (in 2007, ire reach super 8 when they have wi, pak, zim in their group)

in 2003, 2007 super six round includes results of 2 matches of each team of previous round, but here only 1 match will be counted, and in super six they will play four matches each, so there is fair chance to every one

Posted by Andrew on (March 6, 2011, 22:26 GMT)

Good - CT is completely unnecessary. Also T20 WC should got to 4yrs. Someone wants a straight KO comp - trouble is half the teams will have travelled 1000s of kms for one match - bad economics. That's why WCs in most sports eg football, rugby start with groups. As for ODIs - why have a league and a cup unless the WC becomes a playoff tourmnament for the top 8/10/12 in the ODI league - a bit like tfjones1978's idea. This would necessitate expanding the ODI league to at least 16, maybe in 2 divisions? And I agree that ICup and IShield should have promotion opportunities for the best teams.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

I really don't understand the need for a ODI league champion. Just make the league a qualifier for the WC. It adds more meaning to the league then. And the league should also include the associate nations such as Ireland and Netherlands if they want to develop cricket in these countries. Good decision to remove the champions trophy as the last few editions have just been money generating exercises.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

Wasn't it already abolished?

Posted by Ed on (March 6, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

Hopefully the Twenty20 World Cup replaces it and takes the four-year cycle, because having it so often loses its importance.

Posted by Clint on (March 6, 2011, 13:39 GMT)

It appears that ICC wants to abolish every thing that is CRICKET:- 50 Overs ODIs, the so called Minnows from the WC finals, certain fears have even been expressed about Test Cricket too, and now the Champions trophy! Almost nothing is left! Can we now rename these guys the International Criminals of Cricket' (ICC)?

Posted by Shehan on (March 6, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

Champions trophy is already a useless tournament. A very good decision by ICC and it will increase the value of CWC and WT20. Abolishing worthless champions trophy will give more prominence to other ICC events such as World cup and WorldT20.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 6, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

i think its a good move by the ICC. However, i feel they should have a tournnament like the champions trophy on a similar scale for the associate members and the top 2 should qualify for the world cup and they should keep it for 12 teams... Also The ICC should be looking into organizing the tours in such a way that each team plays others equally, so that it is fair to decide the rankings.. At the moment it is not evenly balanced especially in the case of India- who play too much with one opponent and rarely against the other like the west indies and new zealand.

Posted by Vishal on (March 6, 2011, 13:00 GMT)

Instead of removing champions trophy, they must conduct it as a pure 16 team knockout tournament...it will be good....held every 2 year. And along with it all other test and one day leagues which it is willing to start.

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