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Champions Trophy 2013

June 2, 2013

Are you looking forward to the Champions Trophy?


A short, sharp tournament featuring the top eight sides is the best showcase for ODI cricket. It helps that the teams are evenly matched, and the conditions in England will redress the balance between bat and ball.


The tournament lacks context and is merely an exercise to fill the ICC coffers between World Cups. The format is too short and cricket-watchers seldom read too much into the final standings. The World Cup remains the pinnacle of the ODI format.


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June 4, 2013, 4:55 GMT


There is a gap of 4 years between each world cup and the teams don't compete on a big stage in the middle years. T20 world cup provides entertainment but we need a tournament in which all the top teams pit against each other rather than a bilateral series where the home advantage takes center stage. As there is no Test championship it is good to have a champions trophy with 50 overs, it will help keep the 50 overs format alive and test the teams as well......and teams can start their preparations for the world cup, this would be a measure of how they stand on their progress towards where they want to be come the World cup

June 3, 2013, 14:12 GMT


I would go by what Rahul Dravid said. Remove all bilateral ODI series. Instead have ODI tournaments like the Champions Traophy, Asia Cup and Australasia Cup. That's right - I would like the Australasia Cup to be revived. It would be much better than the stupid ODI series where the same teams play again and again. In fact given the current strengths of Asian teams along with the Aussies & Kiwis, a refurbished Australasia Cup would be a mouth-watering prospect. Coming back to the topic CT is much better than the idiotic Champions League. It shoud be held every 4 years and should be hosted only by associates and other 'virgin' territories, as it was meant to be. I don't support the idea of an annual or biennial T20 WC, as some have suggested here. T20 simply improves the odds for the minnows; not my idea of better competition. As I have said before, its like a one set tennis match - even guys like Nadal or Djogovic can be beaten easily; do we really want that?

June 3, 2013, 12:05 GMT


Like many others, I find this short tournament to be far more invested with meaning than the hollow empty circus of T20, IPL and meaningless seven match ODI series. As an international tournament, this is as good as it gets. The emphasis is on only the very best international teams, ensuring no meaningless minnow bashing and wooden spoon matches. The format is excellent, it reminds one of earlier World Cup formats (1975/1979) where there were no meaningless matches, and you could enjoy an entire days cricket knowing the result had immediate significance on each teams progression in the tournament. Each game is of consequence and there are no weak 'fodder' teams. The tournament is short, focused and doesn't have the monotonous feel of the IPL.

June 3, 2013, 7:11 GMT


ICC got the format spot on, but sadly in the format's last edition. The current format is fantastic and the tournament in its current shape will be much awaited by the fans. Poor organization in the past took away gloss of this wonderful tournament. Either Champions' trophy must stay or the world cup needs to be limited to 8 teams. Teams like Ireland seriously challenge the wisdom of the second alternative. Hence the Champions' trophy must stay. Top teams going neck to neck with little margin for error is absolutely mouth watering prospect for fans, especially at a time when no single team is dominating international cricket like Australia in the past.

June 7, 2013, 21:53 GMT


What keeps Pakistan's bowling attack not so affective at times?

Many a times we listen that Pakistan have the best bowling attack; while at may occassions they do not put their impact; mainly due to sometimes bad captaincy, that the captain din't forced or brought a healthy change, secondly Pakistan rely on 2,3 pacers and 1 spinner and rest of the work to be done by an allrounder, where the combinatin which must be more lethal, it gets less because even if the attack bowlers made good damage to the oppositio the 1st change bowler/pacer is not good enough to make it even worst for the opposition,hence having just two pacers are not enough for a one day match, because we have seen Australia that they had very good bowlig attack over the years just because that all bowlers were replica in performace for the whole match. Third and oe of the undiscussed thing which Pakistan's bowling attack do not work on is their ratio of giving away extras, hence the opposition feels less pressure.

June 6, 2013, 21:45 GMT


WHY ARE YOU ASKING NOW ???? After they have decided to take it off. You should have done this survey a year ago. This a good tournament to have, this gives people a good idea as to how there team is. Can they swim with the big boys. This is where men are made, and local tournaments are good, but they dont show teams worth. ICC really needs an overhaul of leadership, and need to stop catering to BCCI...

June 5, 2013, 10:39 GMT


These trophies give a chance to some new lads and these preleminary round to the world cup. Many teams are trying new lads such as umar amin is playing in place of younis.

June 4, 2013, 13:08 GMT


I love it. A nice change from the bore fest that are T20 leagues

June 4, 2013, 10:12 GMT


Food for thought! Considering the interest in T20 matches, I suggesgted, ICC should consider introducing two inning mach of T20 like Test Match. One inning of T20 is just like super sixes...once missed match is missed.The second inning will provide another taste and technique of T20 game and audience will enjoy more like football match as well as organisers can generate more income through sponsors/advertisers and game lovers will get value for their money and time. Hope, the above has some sense. Best Wishes Sarfaraz Sheikh Ex PR and media incharge of Dubai Cricket Council and now stationed in Karachi-Pakistan. 4th.June 2013.

June 8, 2013, 23:17 GMT


Its a very logical choice to get rid of the CT. Its universally acknowledged the international calendar is just too packed and the world cup needs to be the pinnacle of ODI cricket.

The CT could probably be back in the future and be like football's confederations cup style tournament, which for those who dont know is an international football tournament involving the champions of each of the continents. Itd be a Champions Trophy with REAL champions, but realistically thinking thatd be WAY into the future.

With the ODI and T20 World cups, we need to make the majority of the participants qualify. Eg have only the top four full member teams qualify and the rest of them along with the associates and a couple of affilliates. Have each of them play matches home and away so associates and affiliates will have top quality opposition tour their countries and increase cricket's profile there. And have the top 12 teams qualify for the world cup. Hopefully thatl help raise awareness.....