History of ICC Champions Trophy

The ICC Champions Trophy is a One Day International (ODI) cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out Tournament in 1998 and has been played approximately every two years since. Its name was changed to the Champions Trophy in 2002.   The number of teams competing has varied over the years; originally all the ICC’s full members took part, and from 2000 to 2004 associate members were also involved. Since 2009, the tournament has only involved the eight highest-ranked ODI teams as of six months prior to the tournament.   In the lead-in to the 2013 tournament, the ICC announced that the 2013 Champions Trophy was to be the last, with its place in the cricketing calendar to be taken by a new ICC World Test Championship. However, in January 2014, that decision was reversed, with the ICC confirming that the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament would take place and the proposed Test Championship was cancelled.   Up to 2006 the Champions Trophy was held every two years. The tournament had been scheduled to be held in Pakistan in 2008 but was moved to South Africa in 2009 due to security reasons. From then on it has been held every four years like the World Cup. The Champions Trophy differs from the World Cup in a number of ways.The matches in the Champions Trophy are held over a period of around two weeks, while the World Cup can last for over a month. For 2002 and 2004, twelve teams played a round-robin tournament in four pools of three, with the top team in each pool moving forward to the semi-final. A team would play only four games (two in the pool, semi-final and final) to win the tournament. In 2006, eight teams...

Did Team India chief coach Anil Kumble leak some one-on-one conversations with senior players to a selective media? – Reports Chandrashekhar Luthra from DNA

Did Team India chief coach Anil Kumble leak some one-on-one conversations with senior players to a selective media? Is captain Virat Kohli more comfortable with former team director Ravi Shastri than Kumble? The answer to both the questions appear to be an emphatic yes. However, the big question is who is willing to step into the shoes of Kumble? With the last date approaching fast (May 31) to apply for top cricket coaching job in India, nobody so far has shown interest in it. And it is unlikely Shastri will make any move going by the ugly spat between him and cricket advisory committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly the last time. Going by insiders in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Kohli has made it clear that it would not be an easy task for anyone in the team to rebuild the same level of trust with Kumble. The legendary leg-spinner had replaced Shastri as head coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies. It is believed that the top officials of the BCCI top officials have been apprised by few seniors in the team that Kumble on more than one occasion has leaked “one-on-one” talks with senior players to his selective group of “friends in the media”. A senior BCCI official said, “We’ve been told that there is a WhatsApp group created by Kumble of his few trusted media friends and few confidential talks between him and senior players were leaked through that.” The situation came to such an extent that Kohli shot down Kumble’s suggestion to field Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav during the third Test in Ranchi. Kumble is said to have forced stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane to rope in Yadav as the third spinner during the last Test against Australia in Dharamshala. Who else then? There are two names doing the...

Virat Kohli had apprehensions about Anil Kumble from the start – Reports Indian Express

Sriram Veera’s report on Kohli-Kumble controversy in Indian Express of today has more  details. Read on He is overbearing. LAST week, this text flashed on a BCCI official’s phone. It was said to be from Virat Kohli and it was about coach Anil Kumble. Rumblings in the BCCI corridor have begun once again. In another corner of the world, one man isn’t surprised.  As a coach, he had pushed and questioned Kohli about small things on and off the field: strategy, the team’s future. Small stuff. Kohli didn’t like it, and soon, the coach was out. “People generally don’t like being questioned and their shortcomings pointed out but I knew what I did was for his, and the team’s, well-being.” That was South African Ray Jennings, one of the first coaches that Kohli worked with at the IPL team in Bangalore. He was speaking to The Indian Express in January 2015, a year after he was sacked and days after Kohli was named Indian captain. According to Jennings, it was Kohli who pushed for a change of coach. He says he got neither a phone call from Kohli nor a chat about the change in plan. Daniel Vettori replaced him — that was that.  “He is a very talented kid but sometimes thinks he is better than the game,” Jennings had said. He isn’t surprised now that there are problems surfacing between Kohli and Kumble. “I know both of them,” he told The Indian Express today. “Pretty headstrong gentlemen with conviction of their views. A conflict, I guess, wasn’t going to be surprising.” However, Jennings is quick to point out one crucial factor in the relationship between a coach and a captain. “A hard coach can keep pushing and prodding the players of the team but the relationship between the captain and coach has to be good. The trust...

India players reportedly ‘intimidated’ by coach Kumble

www.hrgcricstats.com brings you one more article on the controversy Kumble and the Indian team published in the cricket’s numero uno portal www.espncricinfo.com with its courtesy India’s campaign for Champions Trophy has begun under a cloud of discontent within the dressing room with the captain, and possibly a few other senior players, expressing a lack of confidence in their head coach.   Speculation had been rife ever since the BCCI chose not to automatically extend the tenure of Anil Kumble as the head coach, choosing instead to advertise the position, and it has now emerged that the decision was made following feedback from Virat Kohli about Kumble’s coaching method, which he is said to have described as “intimidating”.   Kumble’s year-long contract expires at the end of the Champions Trophy. The development comes at less than an ideal time for India, with their first match in the Champions Trophy, against arch rivals Pakistan, just days away.   It is understood that Kohli relayed the sense of discontent to the BCCI’s top office bearers as well as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) before the team left for England. He is also understood to have spoken to Sourav Ganguly, who is part of the cricket advisory panel which has been tasked with deciding the coaching option.   The players’ concerns are thought to centre mainly around Kumble’s man-management skills. In the words of one official familiar with the details, Kumble has been conducting himself like a “headmaster” at a school. Such an approach, the official said, “had not gone down well” with the players who are used to a more relaxed dressing room. Some players – not the bigger personalities like Kohli or MS Dhoni – have felt “a bit intimidated” by Kumble’s approach.   Such has been the approach, the official said, that some of the injuries that have ruled players...

Bowlers who have bowled at least one maiden over in Champions Trophy

The following is the list of  bowlers who have bowled a maiden over in the Champions Trophy matches played hither to Player Team Span Mat Inns Overs M Runs W BBI Ave 4 5 Ct St WPUJC Vaas Srl 1998-2006 16 16 125.4 19 494 18 2/6 27.44 0 0 2 0 GD McGrath Aus 2000-2006 12 12 102.0 13 412 21 5/37 19.61 0 1 1 0 DL Vettori NZl 1998-2013 17 17 142.4 12 522 18 3/14 29.00 0 0 9 0 M Muralitharan Srl 1998-2009 17 15 134.1 11 484 24 4/15 20.16 2 0 1 0 D Gough Eng 2000-2004 6 6 50.0 8 230 6 3/48 38.33 0 0 3 0 SM Pollock RSA 2000-2006 11 11 88.1 8 321 16 3/27 20.06 0 0 6 0 AB Agarkar Ind 1998-2006 12 12 91.2 7 484 11 2/40 44.00 0 0 2 0 Harbhajan Singh Ind 2002-2009 13 13 125.0 7 496 14 3/27 35.42 0 0 6 0 Z Khan Ind 2000-2002 9 9 80.0 7 368 15 4/45 24.53 1 0 0 0 KD Mills NZl 2002-2013 15 15 112.3 7 483 28 4/30 17.25 2 0 4 0 JDP Oram NZl 2002-2006 8 8 64.4 7 270 15 5/36 18.00 0 1 1 0 Shoaib Akhtar Pak 2002-2004 5 5 37.5 7 114 7 4/36 16.28 1 0 1 0 M Ntini RSA 2002-2006 8 8 57.0 7 248 16 5/21 15.50 0 1 1 0 SL Malinga Srl 2006-2013 13 13 114.1 7 587 22 4/34 26.68 2 0 1 0 B Lee Aus 2000-2009 16 15 123.1 6 591 22 3/38 26.86 0 0 1 0 JM Anderson Eng 2006-2013 12 12 101.2 6 457 21 3/20 21.76 0 0 2 0 Iftikhar Anjum Pak 2006-2006 3 3 25.0 6 107 4 2/26 26.75 0 0 3 0 JN...

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