The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament is here and it promises some of the most thrilling cricket to the fans. Top eight teams are participating in the tournament. These teams qualified for the tournament based on the ICC One-Day International Rankings. As the tournament only has the top eight teams in the cricketing world, it promises some high intensity and closely contested matches. The teams in the ICC Champions Trophy have been divided into groups. In this article, we are going to take a detailed look at the ICC Champions Trophy groups 2017.
How many groups are there in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017?
In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, there are eight teams. These eight teams have been divided into two groups. Each group contains four teams.
Teams in ICC Champions Trophy Groups 2017
In the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament, the names of the two groups are Group A and Group B. The eight participating teams have been divided into these two groups. The teams participating in the tournament include Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Here is how these teams have been divided into groups.
Group A of ICC Champions Trophy 2017
The Group A of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 includes the following teams.
- New Zealand
It is a highly contested group. England, Australia, and New Zealand will be fancying their chances of getting to the top of the group and securing a place in the semi-finals. The first two teams of every group go the semi-finals. Bangladesh, on the other hand, has also done well during the recent months and they will be looking forward to doing an upset and get to the semi-finals of the tournament.
Group B of ICC Champions Trophy 2017
The Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 includes the following teams
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Consisting mainly of Asian teams, Group B is also highly contested. In fact, it is a much tougher group as compared to the Group A. India seems to be the strongest team of this group on paper. South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan are also pretty strong teams. There will surely be a tough contest in this group among the teams.
The Group matches of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 started on the 1st of June 2017 and these will go until the 12 June 2017. Each team will play one match against every other team of the same group. After that, the teams that would be on the number 1 and number 2 spot in each group will qualify for the next round of the tournament which will be the knockout round. The number 1 team in the Group A will face the number 2 team in the Group B in a semi-final. And the number 1 team in the Group B will face the number 2 team in the Group A in a semi-final. The semi-finals will take place on the 14 June and the 15 June. The final of the tournament will take place on the 18 June 2017.
It has to be said that both the ICC Champions Trophy Groups 2017 are very tough and they promise great matches. It would be interesting to see that which teams are able to hold their nerves and come out on top from both the groups.