This event takes place every two years, this series also
utilises a 50 overs per side formula.
The ICC Champions Trophy is a
One Day International (ODI)
cricket tournament organised by the
International Cricket Council (ICC), second in
importance only to the
Cricket World Cup.
It was inaugurated as the ICC
Knock Out Tournament in 1998 and has been played
approximately every two years since, its name changing to
the Champions Trophy in 2002.
The number of teams competing
has varied over the years; originally all the ICC's
full members took part, and from 2000 to 2004 associate
members were also involved.
Since 2009, the tournament has
only involved the eight highest-ranked ODI teams as of six
months prior to the tournament.
The ICC intends that the
2013 Champions Trophy will be the last,
with its place in the cricketing calendar taken by a new
ICC World Test Championship.
The ICC World Test
Championship was intended to become the premier
cricket run by the
International Cricket Council (ICC) with the play-offs
scheduled to be held for the first time in 2017. The
original plans to hold the competition in 2013 were
abandoned due to financial problems. It was going to replace
the one-day international competition, the
ICC Champions Trophy. The ICC has also announced plans
to stage the second Test championship in India in Feb-March
2021. The top four ranked
teams as at December 31, 2016 – the cut-off date set by the
International Cricket Council (ICC) - would have played the
three-match Test championship between the first and third
weeks of June 2017. There would have been two semi-finals
and the winners play the final. During January 2014 the ICC
World Test Championship was cancelled and the ICC Champions
Trophy will be reinstated for 2017.