ICC has officially announced the Champions Trophy 2017 groups and schedule. India and Pakistan are once again paired in the same group with South Africa and Sri Lanka the other two. While Australia, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh are in group 1. Below is the entire schedule of the 2017 event.
The full fixture list is announced and we have two groups of four teams each. Every team in the group will play 1 match against the other three and top 2 from each group qualifying of the semifinals.
Group A: England, Bangladesh, Australia & New Zealand
Group B: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka & Southa Africa
|1 June 2017||England vs Bangladesh (Group A)||The Oval, London|
|2 June 2017||Australia vs New Zealand (Group A)||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|3 June 2017||Sri Lanka vs South Africa (GroupB)||The Oval, London|
|4 June 2017||India vs Pakistan (Group B)||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|5 June 2017||Australia vs Bangladesh (Group A)||The Oval, London|
|6 June 2017||England vs New Zealand (Group A)||Cardiff, Wales|
|7 June 2017||Pakistan vs South Africa (Group B)||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|8 June 2017||India vs Sri Lanka (Group B)||The Oval, London|
|9 June 2017||New Zealand vs Bangladesh (Group A)||Cardiff, Wales|
|10 June 2017||England vs Australia (Group A)||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|11 June 2017||India vs South Africa (Group B)||The Oval, London|
|12 June 2017||Sri Lanka vs Pakistan (Group B)||Cardiff, Wales|
|14 June 2017||1st Semifinal (Group A Winners vs group B Runners-up)||Cardiff, Wales|
|15 June 2017||2nd Semifinal (Group b Winners vs Group A Runners-up)||Edgbaston, Birmingham|
|18 June 2017||The Final||The Oval, London|
|19 June 2017||Reserve day for Final|
ICC Champions Trophy is the second tier international cricket competition behind the 50-over World Cup and Twenty20 World Cup. Started back in 1998 so far 7 champions trophy editions has been taken place. From 1998 to 2006 it used to take place every 2 years but ICC decided to make the period between Champions Trophy 4 years. Last edition took place back in 2013 in England where Indian won it and next one will be in 2017 followed by 2021.
As far as the qualified teams are concerned only the Top 8 teams in ICC’s ODI ranking take part champions trophy. For 2017 edition ICC declared 30th September as the cut-off date for 30th September when the Top 8 teams qualified for the 2017 event. West Indies who were 9th in ODI ranking by 30th September 2015 failed to qualify and Bangladesh will return to Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006 having finished 7th in the rankings on cut-off date.
ICC Champions Trophy Schedule & Dates: The initial dates for 2017 edition has been announced. The tournament will take place in England from 1st June to 18th June 2017. A total of 15 matches will be played including 12 group games, 2 semifinals and the final on 18th June at The Lords, London
England and Wales cricket board (ECB) will announced the venues and the final fixture list by december 2016 and the tickets for Champions Trophy will go on sale after the draw for the group stages has been made.
Qualified Teams: Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh and Pakistan has qualified for the next edition and the draws for group stage will be made in december 2016. England being host nation will be in Group A (for administration purposes).