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ICC Champions Trophy 2008 Schedule, Venues and Format

International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently declared the schedule and venues of Champions Trophy 2008. This year, eight top teams of LG ICC ODI ranking as of March 12, will be competing in the tournament. The tournament kicks off on 11 September at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, where the final match of the tournament will take place on 28 March. The two other venues of Champions Trophy 2008 are Karachi and Rawalpind, the venues of two semi final matches.

Tournament format

ICC has bought some changes in the format of this year’s Champions Trophy competition. In 2006 Champions Trophy, top ten teams of LG ICC ODI ranking participated with bottom four teams going though a preliminary round based on round-robin league system in order to win the two places of the second round where top six teams joined with them.

Now, this year eight top teams, according to LG ICC ODI ranking, will take part in the tournament. In the first stage, eight teams will be divided into two groups of four teams each and the top two teams from each group will progress to the semi final stage. Then the winners of the semi final round will face each other in the final of the tournament. Thus, there will be only 15 matches in the 17-day long tournament this year.

Group A teams:

Australia (1st seed), India (4th seed), Pakistan (5th seed) and West Indies (8th seed)

Group B teams:

South Africa (2nd seed), New Zealand (3rd seed), Sri Lanka (6th seed), England (7 seed)

Schedule of the tournament

The tournament will start with Pakistan taking on West Indies in the opening day at the Gaddafi Stadium of Lahore. India will play their first match against the defending champion Australia on 13 September. Here is the full schedule of Champions Trophy 2008:

Stage

Date

Competing Teams

Venue

Group Stage

11 September 2008

Pakistan vs West Indies

Lahore

12 September 2008

New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Karachi

13 September 2008

Australia v India

Lahore

14 September 2008

England v Sri Lanka

Karachi

15 September 2008

South Africa v New Zealand

Rawalpindi

16 September 2008

West Indies v India

Karachi

17 September 2008

Pakistan v Australia

Rawalpindi

18 September 2008

South Africa v Sri Lanka

Lahore

19 September 2008

England v New Zealand

Rawalpindi

20 September 2008

Pakistan v India

Lahore

21 September 2008

Australia vs West Indies

Karachi

21 September 2008

England v South Africa

Rawalpindi

Semi-final

24 September 2008

First Semi-final

Karachi

25 September 2008

Second Semi-final

Rawalpindi

Final

28 September 2008

Final

Lahore

Related article:
Rediff

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