It all started in 1990s when International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to organize the most important cricketing event after the World Cup. Jagmohan Dalmiya, then the Chairman of ICC, came up with this idea to promote One Day International (ODI) cricket among the new cricket playing nations. In the first two editions, it was named ICC Knock Out Tournament but strangely it was officially recognized as Wills International Cup. The last ICC Champions Trophy is just days away as the top 8 cricket teams prepare themselves to claim the title. This is special because there won’t be any more ICC Champions Trophy tournaments organized after this one.
Frankly speaking, I am myself not a big fan of this tournament. Not just because my home team didn’t win it despite all the force they have put into this tournament; but for the reason that it has been operating so much closer to the ICC World Cup. We all love the World Cup. It’s unique and the best teams compete in the tournament. There is still a never ending debate going on television and over the internet either to let participate as many teams as possible in the World Cup or not. In such situation, the World Cup really needs some space.
The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy would be the seventh and last edition of the tournament. The ICC Champions Trophy will be succeeded by ICC World Test Championship that will start from 2017 onwards. The top 4 test playing nations will be eligible to take part in the ICC World Test Championship. World Cup’s happy 🙂
Champions Trophy has been successful in getting positive response from both cricket bodies and the fans. There have been records made and broken, setups, and anything that you can expect from a cricket tournament. Australia leads the table with two wins. South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and India have claimed the title once.
Cobba Stevens has recently posted a great infographic on his blog showing the features of current tournament along with some other important stats from the past. With the tournament starting in a few days, I would like to wish all team best of luck for the last ICC Champions Trophy.