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Thatscricket - News - ICC Champions Trophy replaces ICC Knockout

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a new name and format for its biennial Knockout tournament. With effect from this September's event it will assume the title of the ICC Champions Trophy, according to an official press release.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Teams from 12 countries will compete for a total of $ 1.15 million in the ICCChampions Trophy, the expanded successor to the ICC Knockout, which hasbeen staged twice over the past four years in Dhaka and Nairobi, the release said.The new event also has a new format, with four Pools of three teams, ratherthan the straight knock out basis of its 11-team predecessors. Each sidewill play two Pool games followed by semi-finals between the winners of Pool2 and Pool 3 as well as Pool 1 and Pool 4. "The Knockout has been a highly successful event but with Holland includedas the winner of the ICC Trophy and therefore the leading Associate memberteam, a new format and name was required. We now have an event where every team will play a minimum of two matches and the eventual winner has the chance of earning up to $ 525,000, if it wins all of its matches. The team lifting the ICC Champions Trophy will also gain a huge confidence boost ahead of the World Cup a few months later in South Africa," ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said.The semi-final stages could see 2003 World Cup host South Africa paired with2000 Knockout finalist India, while the other match allows a potentialre-run of the 1999 World Cup final, featuring a meeting between currentholder Australia and beaten finalist Pakistan.The final choice of host country, match venue and programme of fixtures forthe ICC Champions Trophy will be announced after the ICC executive boardmeeting in Cape Town on the March 16, the release added.The Pool allocations for the ICC Champions Trophy are:Pool 1: Australia, Bangladesh, New ZealandPool 2: England, India, ZimbabwePool 3: Kenya, South Africa, West IndiesPool 4: Holland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

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