The ECB have today confirmed the full schedule for the 2013 Champions Trophy, which will be held in England and Wales from 6th June. The tournament will be played across three different venues: The Oval in London, Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium, and Edgbaston in Birmingham. It will be the last time that the event is held and is expected to be replaced by the inaugural Test Championship in 2017 as the ICC move to having one championship for each format of the game.
The tournament format is to split the eight best One-Day International teams into two groups of four with the top two from each group progressing to the semi-finals. The final will be held at Edgbaston on 23rd June. The pick of the group matches is India’s Group B clash against Pakistan at Edgbaston on 13th June. The other teams in Group B are Pakistan and South Africa. Group A is made up of England and Australia, who play each other on 8th June, as well as Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Tournament Director, Steve Elworthy said of the tournament, “This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world’s very best One-Day International sides in action over the space of less than three weeks and the fixture schedule has thrown up a host of exciting head-to-head contests. The format means every match counts and all eight teams will feel that they are capable of winning the tournament in a competition which is set to be one of the highlights of the 2013 summer. “
6th June 2013: Group B Match, India v South Africa at Cardiff
7th June: Group B Match, West Indies v Pakistan at The Oval
8th June: Group A Match, England v Australia at Edgbaston
9th June: Group A Match, Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Cardiff
10th June: Group B Match, Pakistan v South Africa at Edgbaston (D/N)
11th June: Group B Match, India v West Indies at The Oval
12th June: Group A Match, Australia v New Zealand at Edgbaston (D/N)
13th June: Group A Match, England v Sri Lanka at The Oval (D/N)
14th June: Group B Match, West Indies v South Africa at Cardiff
15th June: Group B Match, India v Pakistan at Edgbaston
16th June: Group A Match, England v New Zealand at Cardiff
17th June: Group A Match, Sri Lanka v Australia at The Oval (D/N)
19th June: 1st Semi-Final at The Oval
20th June: 2nd Semi-Final at Cardiff
23rd June: Final at Edgbaston
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