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ICC Champions Trophy Cricket
ICC One Day International "Mini World Cup"The ICC Champions Trophy is a One Day International cricket tournament, second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998 and has been played every two years since, changing its name to the Champions Trophy in 2002. Originally, all ten full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) took part, together with (for the first four competitions) two associate members. From 2009, this will be changed to the 8 highest-ranked ODI teams as placed 6 months out from the tournament.
The ICC Champions Trophy, also known as the Mini World Cup, is cricket's one-day international tournament second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998 and has been played every two years since, changing its name to the Champions Trophy in 2002. All ten full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) take part, together with (for the first four competitions) two associate members.
Since the quadrennial Cricket World Cup and on-going ICC ODI Championship effectively determine the relative rankings of international cricket teams in one-day international cricket, there seems to be little need for the Champions Trophy as a junior tournament. However, the Champions Trophy is a financially important event for the ICC. Money generated through the event is used in ICC's Development Program.
Although being the second most important one-day tournament in cricket, the ICC Champions Trophy has sometimes been criticised by the media, with claims that there is no point for it, when there is the World Cup as well. Before the 2004 tournament, Wisden described it as "the tournament that veers between being the second most important in world cricket and a ludicrous waste of time". However, despite this controversy, many people are still fond of the tournament, and players enjoy having the opportunity to participate in it.
ICC Champions Trophy 1998
South Africa wins the First ICC Knock Out tournamentThe first two tournaments, then named the ICC Knock Out tournament, took place in 1998 and 2000. These early tournaments were intended to raise the profile of the game in the host nations (Bangladesh and Kenya).
All of the matches in the 1998 ICC Knock Out were played in Dhaka. The tournament started with a preliminary match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe to decide which would proceed to the Quarter Finals.
South Africa (248-6, 47 ov) beat West Indies (245, 49.3 ov) by 4 wickets.
ICC Champions Trophy 2000
New Zealand ICC Knock Out tournament 2000 ChampionsLike the 1998 tournament, all of the matches in the 2000 tournament were played in Nairobi. There were three preliminary matches before the Quarter Finals, involving Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and England.
New Zealand (265-6, 49.4 ov) beat India (264-6, 50 ov) by 4 wickets.
ICC Champions Trophy 2002
Final washed out, India and Sri Lanka joint ChampionsThe 2002 ICC Champions Trophy is a cricket tournament that was held in Sri Lanka in 2002. It was the third edition of the ICC Champions Trophy (the first two having been known as the ICC Knock-out). The tournament was due to be held in India, but was switched to Sri Lanka when an exemption from tax in India was not granted.
Twelve teams competed: the 10 Test-playing nations plus Netherlands and Kenya. The teams were split into four pools of three teams each. Each team played the other two teams in its pool once, and the four teams that headed each pool proceeded to the Semi Finals. The Final between India and Sri Lanka was washed out twice, to leave no result.
ICC Champions Trophy 2004
2004 ICC Champions Trophy: West Indies ChampionsThe 2004 ICC Champions Trophy was held in England in September 2004. Twelve teams, including the Test nations, together with Kenya, and making their one-day international debut the USA, competed in fifteen matches spread over sixteen days at three venues Edgbaston, The Rose Bowl and The Oval.
West Indies 218-8 (48.5 overs) beat England 217 all out (49.4 overs) by two wickets
ICC Champions Trophy 2006
Australia claim 2006 ICC Champions TrophyAfter bowling out West Indies for 138, the Aussies cruised to victory in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy. Austalia were chasing a target of 116 runs set following the D/L method after three hours of rain delay.
West Indies started off strongly scoring 80 runs in the first 10 overs, but Bracken slowed them down after bowling out Chanderpaul and Gayle. The Windies scored only 23 runs in the next 10 overs at the loss of 5 wickets.
For Australia, Watson scored 57 runs and Martyn was unbeaten at 47 at the end of play.
West Indies (Playing XI): C H Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R R Sarwan, B C Lara, R S Morton, M N Samuels, D J Bravo, C S Baugh, C D Collymore, I D R Bradshaw, J E Taylor.
Australia (Playing XI): A C Gilchrist, S R Watson, R T Ponting, D R Martyn, A Symonds, M J Clarke, M E K Hussey, G B Hogg, B Lee, N W Bracken, G D McGrath
Australia 116 for 2 (28.1 overs) beat West Indies 138 all out (30.4 overs) by 8 wickets (D/L)
ICC Champions Trophy 2008
ICC Champions Trophy 2008 in Pakistan
The 2008 Champions Trophy which was due to take place in Pakistan in September 2008 and postponed over security fears, was moved to South Africa by the International Cricket Council. Follow the news of ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa here.
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