ICC to bring back Champions Trophy | Sunday Observer

ICC to bring back Champions Trophy

5 June, 2021
The Pakistan team with the last Champions Trophy in 2017
The Pakistan team with the last Champions Trophy in 2017

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is to reintroduce the Champions Trophy Knock Out tournament that was last played in England in 2017 where Pakistan lifted the trophy.

It will recommence in 2025 as the ICC confirmed the schedule of events from 2024- 2031 with both the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be expanded.

The World Cup will become a 14 team, 54 match event in 2027 and 2031, while the T20 World Cup will be expanded to a 20 team, 55 match event in 2024, 2026, 2028 and 2030.

An eight team Champions Trophy will be hosted in 2025 and 2029 while the ICC World Test Championship final will be hosted in 2025, 2027, 2029 and 2031.

The ICC Women’s event schedule has already been confirmed with the expansion of both the Cricket World Cup and T20 World Cup forming part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to growing the women’s game.

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup format will have two groups of seven, with the top three in each group progressing to a Super Six stage, followed by semi-finals and final. This is the same format that was used in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2003.

The format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will consist of four groups of five, with the top two from each group going through to a Super Eights stage, followed by the knockout stages of semi-finals and a final. The Champions Trophy will follow previous editions with two groups of four, semi-finals and final.

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