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What is the ICC Champions Trophy? All you need to know ahead of the next global 50-over event in 2025 – Sky Sports

The ICC Champions Trophy was mentioned a lot during the recently concluded Cricket World Cup with the qualification process for the 2025 tournament revealed

It emerged that the final seven places in the eight-team event – Pakistan getting the first as hosts – would be determined not by world rankings but by finishing positions at the 2023 World Cup.

England were in danger of missing out as six defeats across their first seven games left them rooted to the foot of the table, only to then beat Netherlands and Pakistan to secure their spot.

Jos Buttler’s side can now look forward to competing in the ninth staging of the ICC Champions Trophy and trying to win it for a first time after two previous losses in the final.

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What is the ICC Champions Trophy?

A mini-50-over World Cup, basically.

While the Word Cup is arguably bloated – the 2023 edition took over six weeks to complete – the Champions Trophy is short and sharp, done and dusted in around two weeks.

The 2025 tournament is set to mirror the format used in 2017 with eight sides split into two groups of four. Each team plays the others in their pool once with the top two advancing to the semi-finals.

Pakistan are the defending champions having beaten great rivals India in the final at The Kia Oval six years ago, while India and Australia have won the most titles with two each.

Who will play in the 2025 Champions Trophy?

England's David Willey, second left, celebrates the dismissal of Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman during the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and England in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
England won their final two World Cup matches to reach the ICC Champions Trophy in 2025

England and hosts Pakistan will be joined by India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka and Netherlands are the two sides who played at the World Cup that will not feature in the Champions Trophy after finishing ninth and 10th in the table respectively.

How long has the Champions Trophy been going?

It was first played in 1998 in Bangladesh – under the name the ICC KnockOut Trophy – with the nine Test nations at the time competing in a straight knockout competition.

New Zealand beat Zimbabwe in the preliminary match to reach the quarter-finals although the Black Caps went no further as they were then dumped out by Sri Lanka in the last eight.

The tournament was notable for South Africa actually winning a global ICC event, with the Proteas beating England in the quarter-finals, Sri Lanka in the semis and then West Indies in the final.

The straight knockout format was retained in 2000 – New Zealand pipping India in the final to win their maiden ICC global event – although the number of teams involved rose to 11 as the leading Associate nations at the time, Bangladesh and Kenya, were included.

Nasser Hussain playing ODI cricket for England (Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain was part of England’s Champions Trophy side in 2000

The top five nations based on the 1999 Cricket World Cup seedings qualified directly for the quarter-finals – Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe – with England, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka playing the preliminaries alongside Bangladesh and Kenya.

England made it past Bangladesh – that Nasser Hussain lad scoring 95 in an eight-wicket win – but were then trounced by South Africa, with Hussain making only five as his side were rolled for 182.

When did the pool stage come in?

That would be from the 2002 version in Sri Lanka onwards.

The number of teams may have fluctuated since then – 12 in 2002 and 2004, 10 in 2006 and eight in 2009, 2013 and 2017 – but group stages have been involved in all of them.

Any other changes?

Following the 2009 edition in South Africa (the tournament was due to be in Pakistan in 2008 but moved for security reasons) the competition switched from a two-year cycle to being played every four years, with the next version hosted by England and Wales in 2013.

The 2013 edition was due to be the last but that decision was reversed in 2014 and England and Wales staged the 2017 tournament as well.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan, 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (Associated Press)
Sarfaraz Ahmed captained Pakistan to glory in England in 2017

Then it was scrapped again. Then it was revived again. Now it looks here to stay. The ICC confirmed its second comeback in November 2021, revealing Pakistan would host in 2025 and India in 2029.

So, England have never won it?

Nope – although they really should have done.

Brian Lara and West Indies celebrate winning the 2004 Champions Trophy (Associated Press)
Brian Lara and his fellow West Indies players celebrate winning the 2004 Champions Trophy

In the 2004 final at The Kia Oval, Marcus Trescothick’s 104 underpinned England’s 217 all out against West Indies before Andrew Flintoff’s three wickets, two each for Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison and one from Trescothick reduced the Caribbean side to 147-8 in the run chase.

West Indies were 71 runs from victory with only two wickets in hand but Courtney Browne (35no) and Ian Bradshaw (34no) took their team to victory with seven balls to spare.

England also lost another game they perhaps should have won when they were pipped by India in a rain-reduced 2013 final – MS Dhoni’s side triumphing by five runs in a 20-over-a-side contest.

England look glum after defeat to India in 2013 Champions Trophy final (Associated Press)
England look glum after defeat to India in the 2013 Champions Trophy final

England needed 20 from 16 balls with six wickets in hand to top India’s 129-7, only for Ishant Sharma to dismiss Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara from successive balls in the 18th over and Ravindra Jadeja to then remove Buttler and Tim Bresnan in a four-run 19th.

With 15 needed from Ravichandran Ashwin’s final over, Stuart Broad gave England hope with an early four but he and James Tredwell were unable to get the runs required.

Oh well, they now have the chance to break their Champions Trophy duck in Pakistan in 2025.

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Ireland Tour Of Zimbabwe 2023, Live Streaming And Schedule: When And Where To Watch ZIM Vs IRE Matches – Outlook India

The Ireland cricket team are going to play two white-ball series consisting of three ODIs and three T20Is against Zimbabwe. The T20 match series is scheduled to start from December 7, 2023, and will conclude on December 10, 2023. (More Cricket News)

Another series of three ODIs are scheduled to start from December 13 and will end on December 17, 2023. All the matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club, Harare. Ireland have announced their squad for the Zimbabwe tour. Paul Stirling will be leading both the T20 and ODI teams.

Zimbabwe will be looking forward to winning both the series at home. It will be interesting to see when Ireland will be challenging them in their home with the intention of winning both series.


Zimbabwe and Ireland have played 19 matches against each other in ODI. Both the teams have won eight games each, with one tie. Both the teams clashed in 11 T20Is and Ireland have won six matches while Zimbabwe have won five matches.


Ireland T20I Squad

Paul Stirling (C), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Graham Hume, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young

Ireland ODI Squad

Paul Stirling (C), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young

Zimbabwe are yet to announce their squad for the home series.

Here are the live-streaming and other information details for the Ireland tour of Zimbabwe 2023:   

Where will the Zimbabwe Vs Ireland match be played?

The Zimbabwe Vs Ireland match will be played at Harare Sports Club, Harare. 

Where will the Zimbabwe Vs Ireland be live-streamed?  

All the Zimbabwe Vs Ireland matches will be live-streamed on the Fancode app and website in India. 
Find below the Ireland tour of Zimbabwe 2023 Full Schedule and Match Timings (all timings in IST):


Match Details 


Dec 7, Thu 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 1st T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

9:30 PM 

Dec 9, Sat 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 2nd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

4:30 PM 

Dec 10, Sun 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 3rd T20I, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

4:30 PM 

Dec 13, Wed 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 1st ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

12:45 PM 

Dec 15, Fri 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 2nd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

12:45 PM 

Dec 17, Sun 

Zimbabwe Vs Ireland, 3rd ODI, Harare Sports Club, Harare 

12:45 PM 


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Uganda Qualify For T20 World Cup As Zimbabwe Miss Out – Barron’s

Uganda will make their first appearance at a cricket World Cup next year after qualifying on Thursday for the T20 tournament to be hosted by the West Indies and the United States.

A nine-wicket win over Rwanda secured Uganda second place in the African regional qualifying event, joining Namibia at the 2024 T20 World Cup while eliminating Zimbabwe from contention.

Uganda bowled Rwanda out for just 65 and knocked off the runs in 8.1 overs to record their fifth win in six matches in Windhoek.

Qualifying hosts Namibia sealed their spot on Tuesday with a 58-run win over Tanzania, ensuring they will play at a third consecutive T20 World Cup.

Zimbabwe, who lost to both Namibia and Uganda, will miss out for the second time in three editions.

They did not participate in the 2021 showpiece after the ICC suspended Zimbabwe’s membership because of government interference.

Zimbabwe also failed to reach the last two 50-over World Cups. Their recent absence in India cost them the chance to qualify for the 2025 Champions Trophy.


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African minnows Uganda stun cricket, qualify for T20 World Cup … – Fox Sports

Uganda has qualified for the men’s T20 World Cup for the first time in the nation’s history.

The 23rd-ranked side smashed Rwanda on Thursday to guarantee they would advance along with Namibia out of the African qualifiers.

But that in turn meant Zimbabwe, who beat eventual finalist Pakistan at the 2022 tournament, has missed out altogether and will not appear in the 20-team field.

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“It is pretty surreal,” Uganda captain Brian Masaba said.

“I can’t put words to the emotions we are feeling now as a team. It’s massive for Ugandan cricket and huge for African cricket, especially, for a country like Uganda to make it to the World Cup.”

Uganda’s upset win over Zimbabwe last weekend by five wickets came in their first T20 international against a full ICC member.

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Having already beaten Tanzania to begin the tournament they went on to beat Nigeria and Kenya before sealing qualification by chasing down a target of 66 in just 8.1 overs against Rwanda.

Zimbabwe was the top-ranked side in the qualifier, 11th, and has competed in six of the previous eight T20 World Cups.

The 2024 tournament will be held in the United States and the West Indies.

The 20 qualifiers will be split into four groups of five with the top two in each group advancing to the Super 8 stage. They will there be divided into two groups of four, with the top two advancing into the knockouts, before the final on June 30.


Hosts: United States, West Indies

Top 8 from 2022 T20 World Cup: Australia, England, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka

Next two highest-ranked nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh

Europe Qualifier: Ireland, Scotland

East Asia/Pacific Qualifier: Papua New Guinea

Americas Qualifier: Canada

Asia Qualifier: Nepal, Oman

Africa Qualifier: Namibia, Uganda

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