The ICC Champions Trophy is one of the most awaited tournaments in cricket. It is a tournament when top 8 ODI teams come together to fight for the trophy after a gap of 4 years. In the previous tournament held in 2013, ICC decided to scrap the tournament and introduce the Test championship but in January 2014 the ICC board confirmed the 2017 champions trophy to be played in England cancelling the test championship. It will see top 8 teams come together in England once again and play for the ultimate glory over a period of 2 weeks. In the previous tournament held in the same venue India was successful in beating all the teams to lift the trophy.
The current format is that the teams play a round robin tournament to enter the final knock out stages and then the winner is decided. Over the history of the tournament Australia and India have been the most successful teams as they have won the titles 2 times each. In this tournament the associate nations are not entertained and hence it becomes the shortest ICC tournament to be played. This time around England will be hosting the tournament and it will be interesting to see whether the defending champions India will be able to lift the trophy for the third time to become the most successful team in the tournament or we would have a new winner. The tournament is scheduled to be played from 1st June 2017 till 19th of June. The ICC is still left to announce a detailed fixture of the trophy.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Groups
India and Pakistan have got placed in same group of ICC Champions Trohpy 2017. This will be the most popular match of the tournament and will be treated like the finals. On the other side, Australia and England is in the same group. Group B is the toughest one compared to Group A but Bangladesh can make any team feel not safe.
Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa
Please Keep in mind, West Indies was not able to qualify for CT 2017. Bangladesh got entry based on higher points. There will be total 15 matches in 2017 Champions Trophy including 2 semifinal matches and one final match. Champions Trophy 2017 Final match will be played in The oval stadium, England. In last CT tournament in 2013, India won the final match by defeating England by 5 runs. Shikhar Dhawan From India was the top scorer with 363 runs and Ravindra Jadeja, again from India got maximum wickets i.e. 12 (most successful bowler).