Eighth edition of ICC Champions Trophy tournament will take place in 2017 and England is set to host the competition for the second consecutive time having already hosted 2013 edition. Champions Trophy cricket is the second biggest 50-over tournament after Cricket World Cup and it takes place every four year having started back in 1998. The format and the qualification is pretty simple with top 8 ranked teams in ODI participate in a round robin and knockout stage competition.
2017 ICC Champions Trophy
Next edition of the Champions Trophy will take place in England from 1st June to 18th June 2017. ICC confirmed that the top 8 teams in ICC ODI raking has qualified for the 2017 edition. West Indies missed out for the first time as they were ranked 9th in ODI ranking on the cut-off date 30th September 2015. Bangladesh has qualified for the first time since 2006 as they finished 7th in ODI rankings on 30th september.
|DATES||1st June to 18th June 2017|
|QUALIFIED TEAMS||Top 8 team in ICC ODI rankings on 30th September 2015. (Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Banagladesh & Pakistan)|
|FORMAT||2 groups of four teams. Every team will play 1 match against other three in group stage. Top 2 qualifying for the semifinals.|
|GROUP DRAW & SCHEDULE||ICC will announced the group draw & full schedule for Champions Trophy 2017 in December 2016.|
|TOTAL MATCHES||There will be total 15 matches (12 group matches, 2 semifinals and 1 final)|
2017 Champions Trophy Format: 8 qualified teams will be divided into two groups of four teams. (group draw will be announced by ICC in December 2016). Teams will play 1 game against other three teams in the group and top two teams at the end of group stage will qualify for the semifinals. Where Group 1 winners will take on Group 2 runners-up and Group 2 winners will play Group 1 runners-up.
Qualified Teams: ICC put a cut off date (30th September 2015) on which top 8 ODI ranked teams will qualify for the champions trophy. West Indies finished 9th in the ranking just two points behind Pakistan who finished 8th and qualified alongside other top 7 sides.
|RANKING (30th Sep 2015)||QUALIFIED TEAM & HISTORY IN CHAMPIONS TROPHY|
|1||Australia (won it twice 2006, 2009)|
|2||India (won it twice 2002, 2013)|
|3||South Africa (Won the very first edition in 1998)|
|4||New Zealand (won it in 2000)|
|5||Sri Lanka (Won it in 2002)|
|6||England (finished runnersup in 2002 and 2013)|
|7||Bangladesh (never reached semifinals in four attempts)|
|8||Pakistan (never reached final but qualified for semifinals 3 time)|