London, June 1: Defending champions India and Pakistan are in the same group for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 One Day International tournament to be held in England and Wales in June next year.
The groups and schedule were announced today (June 1) in London and again the arch rivals will face off in a global tournament. India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are in Pool B. Australia, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand are in Pool A. World's top 8 teams will be seen in action over 18 days (June 1 to 18, 2017).
The opening match of the Champions Trophy will be between hosts England and Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1. At Edgbaston, on June 4 (Sunday), India, in their first match, will lock horns with Pakistan.
Here are the groups
Group A: Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand
Group B: India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka
India's fixtures (Matches start at 3 PM IST)
June 4 (Sunday) - India Vs Pakistan (Edgbaston)
June 8 (Thursday) - India Vs Sri Lanka (The Oval)
June 11 (Sunday) - India Vs South Africa (The Oval)
Tournament dates and venues?
Champions Trophy will be played from June 1 to 18, 2017 in England at Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff, Edgbaston in Birmingham and The Oval in London.
What is the format?
8 teams will be split into 2 groups. The top 2 from each group will progress to the knockouts (semi-finals).
How many matches in the tournament?
A total of 15 games will be played in England over 18 days.
How were the teams chosen?
The top 8 ranked teams as on the cut-off date - September 30, 2015, qualified for the Champions Trophy. West Indies were placed 9th in the table and hence missed out.
1998 - South Africa (Hosts - Bangladesh, Runner-up - West Indies) - 9 teams participated
2000 - New Zealand (Hosts - Kenya, Runner-up - India) - 11 teams participated
2002 - India and Sri Lanka joint winners after the final was washed out twice (including reserve day) (Hosts - Sri Lanka) - 12 teams participated
2004 - West Indies (Hosts - England, Runner-up - England) - 12 teams participated
2006 - Australia (Hosts - India, Runner-up - West Indies) - 10 teams participated
2009 - Australia (Hosts - South Africa, Runner-up - New Zealand) - 8 teams participated
2013 - India (Hosts - England, Runner-up - England) - 8 teams participated
Previous India-Pakistan contests in Champions Trophy - Pakistan lead 2-1
September 19, 2004 (Birmingham, England) - Pakistan won by 3 wickets
September 26, 2009 (Centurion, South Africa) - Pakistan won by 54 runs
June 15, 2013 (Birmingham, England) - India won by 8 wickets (Duckworth/Lewis method)
ICC ODI Team Rankings (as on 30 September 2015, top 8 sides qualified for the Champions Trophy 2017)
(Read as Rank, Team, Points)
1. Australia - 127
2. India - 115
3. South Africa - 110
4. New Zealand- 109
5. Sri Lanka - 103
6. England - 100
7. Bangladesh - 96
8. Pakistan- 90
9. West Indies - 88
10. Ireland - 49
11. Zimbabwe - 45
12. Afghanistan- 41