Defending champions India is the second favourite team to win ICC Champions Trophy 2017. In the first match, India will go against arch rivals Pakistan as they are in the same group for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England. The opening game will take place at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on June 4.
It is going to be an 18-day tournament which will continue from June 1 to 18. Australia and New Zeland will go face to face at Edgbaston. We may experience the same or even more fierce competition just like the World Cup 2015 final.
The host and finalists from 2004 and 2013 will be fighting against Bangladesh in their first match at The Oval which the venue for a match between former champions Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 3.
The top eight teams qualified to enter into this tournament on September 30, 2015, with Australia as number one in the list.
The Group “A” has (4th rank) New Zealand, (6th rank) England and (7th rank) Bangladesh. The Bengal Tigers is going to appear on ICC Champions Trophy after 2006 for the first time.
The defending champions India is in Group B, which includes (3rd rank) South Africa, (5th rank) Sri Lanka and (8th rank) Pakistan.
Four teams are going to enter the semi-finals. These matches will take place at Cardiff and Edgbaston on June 14, and 15 , and The Oval will be final venue of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England.
India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets even though rain interrupted the match. It happened again in the final match when rain caused the number of total overs but still, India won ICC Champions at Edgbaston in 2013.
Although, India lost to Pakistan by 54 runs in South Africa back in 2009 and it’s the only defeat that time India suffered a loss against the neighbour in a major tournament.
Australia won back to back Champions Trophy titles in India (2006) and South Africa (2009). Also, New Zeland won it once in Nairobi in 2000. It was known as ICC Knock-Out then.
England will be hosting ICC Champions Trophy this time as well. They lost to West Indies by a small margin at the Oval by two wickets, and they came close yet again in 2013 as they lost to India by at Edgbaston by five runs only.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Full Schedule:
June 1 – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (d)
June 2 – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d)
June 3 – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 4 – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (d)
June 5 – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (d/n)
June 6 – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (d)
June 7 – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (d/n)
June 8 – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (d)
June 9 – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (d)
June 10 – England v Australia, Edgbaston (d)
June 11 – India v South Africa, The Oval (d)
June 12 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (d)
June 14 – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (d)
June 15 – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (d)
June 18 – Final, The Oval (d)
June 19 – Reserve day (d).