ICC Champions Trophy 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009. CT 2013. ICC, please think it over.

Update June 24, 2015. 

Champions Trophy has been retained for the reasons best known to the ICC. The success of the last edition seems to have had positive impact on the decision makers of game, and with England and Wales Cricket Board preparing itself to organize the big ticket edition the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 after CT 2017 cricket’s passionate lovers can really expect fireworks as one fondly remembers the resurgence of a tiring Australian side on the back of game changing performances from Steve Waugh and Shane Warne in the super sixes and semi final. 

2004 Champions Trophy had produced classic thrillers as a stubborn Pakistani side surpassed a gutsy special from Dravid-Agarkar and a fiery first spell from Irfan Pathan. Edgbaston in Birmingham had lived up to its reputation of being one of game’s thriller producers after The Gabba and the WACA in Australia, and Chepauk in Madras. For the most part in the final, England looked like it would have the crown 12 years after its major title clash appearance at the MCG in 1992 when Wasim Akram took the game away from them. But West Indies thought otherwise with a calypso to stun the world! 

June 19, 2013

This is the most exciting cricketing venue ever. This is England and Wales. With England lying in the north temperate zone and westerlies being a major factor in consistent rainfall, the tracks here help bowlers who can swing. Adding to this is if the moisture goes off, batsmen need to contend bounce from genuine faster bowlers. The temperatures here are just around 20-25 degree Celsius. This is why sub continental teams face opposition not just from the opponent but from the fickle minded climate as well. Greener surfaces that encourage swing, aided by humid conditions, sometimes by cool breeze, like in Birmingham, are ideal conditions for testing a batsman’s back foot and stroke making ability. In the latter part of Summer, one eventually feels the surfaces are long separated brothers of Indian surfaces with added dust. This makes it ideal for practicing reverse swing, the art best known to Pakistani medium pacers like Imran Khan, Aquib Javed, Ata-Ur-Rehman, and Wasim Akram, as reverse swing operates exceedingly well with the help of humidity. Battle between ball and bat, ball and pad, pad and bat keeps a keen cricket lover on his toes here as the wickets are conducive to genuine swingers.  ICC champions Trophy 2013 in England and Wales is the last edition. For the first time in 2004, England hosted the event, touted as fiddler to regular One-Day World Cup held after every four years.


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