Champions Trophy: 5 tournaments, 6 winners
As the sixth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway in South Africa, CricketNDTV.com takes a look at the journey of the one-day event that was pitted just next to the World Cup.
<p>Though former Australian opener Matthew Hayden wants it to be scrapped, the ICC Champions Trophy has given fans some of the most cherishing moments in cricket. With a raging debate on the future of one-day cricket, many cricket experts feel Champions Trophy will be like a litmus test for the format.</p> <p>Conceived and executed by Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was ICC President in late 1990s, the Champions Trophy not only was a medium to generate revenue but also promote the game in other parts of the world. So far five editions of the tournaments has been played and we have seen six winners.</p> <p>And as the sixth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway in South Africa, <strong>CricketNDTV.com</strong> takes a look at the journey of the one-day event that was pitted just next to the World Cup. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>The first tournament, also known as a mini World Cup or the ICC Knockout Trophy, was staged in Bangladesh. All matches were played at the Bangabandhu Stadium in Dhaka in October. Retreating monsoon and heavy floods threatened a washout and the organizers were on the verge of shifting it to India.</p> <p>However, Bangladesh succeeded in staging the inaugural edition and raised approximately £10 million.</p> <p>Nine teams took part in the event. Ironically, Bangladesh was not one of them. Mr Duckworth and Lewis hogged the limelight throughout the tournament. </p> <p>South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and West Indies were the four semi-finalists. In the first semi-finals, South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 92 runs on D/L method. The highlight of the match was Jacques Kallis' 100-ball 113 that included five fours and five sixes.</p> <p>In the second semi-final, India lost to West Indies by four wickets despite Sourav Ganguly and Robin Singh's heroics. West Indies' Mervyn Dillon was the demolisher-in chief. </p> <p>South Africa prevailed in the final despite Windies opener Philo Wallace's blitzing hundred. Skipper Hansie Cronje was the leading scorer with 77 runs. However, it was Jacques Kallis who won the man of the match award as well as man of the tournament for his all-round performance. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>The second edition of the tournament moved to Kenya and it was a knockout event. Unlike the first edition, it had 11 teams participating in it. They were - Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.</p> <p>World Champions Australia were knocked out by India in the quarter-final match with the help of blistering 83 runs from Yuvraj Singh, who though was playing his second match but batted for the first time in an international match. Other debutants of the tournaments were Zaheer Khan and Marlon Samuels.</p> <p>In other quarter-finals, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets, New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 64 runs and South Africa beat England by eight wickets.</p> <p>In the semi-finals, New Zealand got past Pakistan with a four-wicket win. Pakistan made 252 in 49.2 overs with the help of Saeed Anwar's century. Shayne O'Connor finished with 5-46. While chasing, New Zealand recovered from 2-15 to achieve the target with four wickets and six deliveries to spare.</p> <p>In the second semi-final, India prevailed over South Africa with a 95-run victory. Captain Ganguly led from the front and slammed 141 runs. Chasing a total of 295 runs, Proteas were bundled for just 200 runs.</p> <p>India, however, fumbled in the final. While Ganguly struck another ton and Tendulkar made useful 69, no other Indian batsman could capitalize on the start and all they could manage was 220 runs. Though they started well, reducing New Zealand 132-5. But Chris Cairns had other ideas. He held his nerves and his ground and steered his side to a six-wicket win. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>Perhaps the only positive of this tournament was the advent of LBW referrals. Few months away from the 2003 World Cup, it could have been used as the best platform to set the tempo for the big event in South Africa. But it ended as a mock affair.</p> <p>It was conducted in Sri Lanka, where the conditions were extremely hot and humid. The entire tournament was under the threat of the monsoons. </p> <p>Under tiresome conditions, Sri Lanka and India made it to the final. India had overpowered South Africa in the semi-final, while Sri Lanka thrashed Australia. </p> <p>Rain played spoilsport on the two days the final was played. On the first day, India, chasing 245 for victory, was 14-0 in two overs when rain prevented any further play while on the second, India chasing 223 for victory, was 38-1 in 8.3 overs rain again came down in force again to prevent any further play. </p> <p>So despite 110 overs of play, no clear winner emerged and the trophy was shared by the two finalists - India and Sri Lanka. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>By the time it reached its fourth edition, Champions Trophy came under critics' scrutiny. More so after the lethargic 2002 edition. Was it a 'waste of time' tournament?</p> <p>This time the format had 12 teams divided in four groups - United States was the 12th team. Each team played the other two teams in its pool once, and the four teams that lead in each pool proceeded to the semi-finals. </p> <p>2004 saw underdogs West Indies emerge as the champions. They had beaten Pakistan in the semi-finals to face England in the finals. England had advanced to the finals after beating Australia. With this win, they ended Australia's 14-match winning streak, dating back to January 1999.</p> <p>In the final, England were bundled for 217 runs. Marcus Trescothick's fighting ton stood no chance in front of Windies' Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw's unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 71 that led them to a two-wicket victory. (AFP Photo)</p>
<p>The fifth edition came back to sub-continent and this time it was India who was hosting it. Any cricket event in India promises to be financially successful with fans turning up in large numbers and the Champions Trophy was very different. Fans distanced themselves from the stadia because of high-priced tickets. Diwali season and absence of any Asian team, including Team India were other factors that kept fans at bay.<br /> <br /> This time only 10 teams participated in the event and these were the Top 10 teams of the ICC rankings. The first six teams on the ICC ODI table (Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, and England) qualified automatically; the next four teams (Sri Lanka, the defending champions West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) played a pre-tournament round robin qualifying round from 7 October to 14 October to determine which two will proceed to play in the tournament proper.</p> <p>This tournament, however, will be remembered for both good and bad reasons. First the good one - Australia bettered their Champions Trophy record. They clinched the only trophy that had eluded them since its inception. They beat defending champions West Indies in the finals.</p> <p>Australia advanced to the final after beating New Zealand in the semi-finals, while West Indies defeated South Africa by six wickets to take on Ponting's boys.</p> <p>In the low scoring final, Australia finally pipped their opponent to win the ICC Champions Trophy.</p> <p>However, the tournament had its share of controversy. </p> <p>Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif tested positive for doping and were sent back home.</p> <p>And though Australia won the title, they had to face much criticism for pushing hitherto BCCI President Sharad Pawar off the stage after receiving the trophy from him so that the entire team could gather for a group photograph. (AFP Photo)</p>