The eagerly anticipated ICC Champions Trophy starts on Thursday with India meeting South Africa in Cardiff and BetVictor have given punters the insurance of having a free bet up to £25 on the semi-finals or final if their pre-event outright selection fails to make it out of the Group stages in this most competitive eight-country event.
Cricket betting spokesperson Charlie McCann explained: "It looks sure to be a cracking tournament, as long as the weather doesn’t play too important a part, and we are giving punters the insurance of getting their losing stake refunded as a free bet on the outright market if your pre-event selection fails to make the knock out stages.
"Thus we will refund on half the eight-runner field but it is such a tough competition to call with question marks, arguably, about all sides in the competition.
"Favourites South Africa were well beaten by Pakistan earlier in the week and hosts England have been thrashed in their two warm up games by New Zealand and will be looking for a confidence booster in their final prep game against the Black Caps tomorrow before they meet a resurgent Australia at Edgbaston on Saturday. ”
ICC Champions Trophy: prices from BetVictor & money back as a free bet up to £25 if your selection fails to make it out of the Group stages
South Africa 7/2
West Indies 8/1
Sri Lanka 8/1
New Zealand 10/1
Top Series batsman
C Gayle 8/1
H Amla 9/1
A Cook 10/1
S Watson 12/1
M Clarke 12/1
V Kohli 14/1
I Bell 14/1
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