Sri Lanka to host ICC Champions Trophy in Sept

Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2002, 1:26 [IST]
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Cape Town: The new ICC Champions Trophy will be held in Sri Lanka from September 12- 30, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced in Cape Town on Monday.

The trophy, which replaces the ICC Knockout, is a One-day competition featuring all 10 Test-playing nations outside of the World Cup, plus Kenya and Holland. It will be held every two years, with prize funds totalling $ 1.15 million and the winners taking away a cheque for $ 525,000 if they win all their matches. "The ICC is delighted that the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) has agreed to act as host country for this major event," said ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed. The event has a new format, with four pools of three teams, rather than the straight knock out basis of its 11-team predecessors. Each side will play two pool games followed by semi-finals between the winners of Pool 2 and Pool 3, and Pool 1 and Pool 4. Delegates at the ICC Cricket Committee-Playing meeting in Cape Town decided that bonus points would continue to be used in One-day tournaments involving three or more teams, but incidents, which highlighted abuse of the system in the VB Series in Australia will be reviewed by the ICC. A decision on their continuing use will be made before the Sri Lanka competition. The delegates also agreed to use the trophy to test the extended use of television technology and its accuracy. Under the experimental system field umpires will be able to consult with the third umpire on any aspect of a decision they are unsure of. Consultation will be optional, but when called for decisions will be reached as soon as possible. The third umpire will be allowed two replays of any incident before passing on information to the field umpire. Line decisions, hit wicket and boundary referrals will continue to be decided by the TV umpire, as under the present system.

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