Defending champions India will lock horn with Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy on June 4 next year at Edgbaston after the arch-rivals were drawn in Group B of the tournament. Apart from these 2 Asian giants, the other teams in the group are South Africa and Sri Lanka.

In the 2013 edition, India defeated Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-reduced match at Edgbaston and then went on to beat England by five runs at the same venue to win its second ICC Champions Trophy title.

In Group A, world Champions Australia are with New Zealand, England and Bangladesh. This means Australia’s rivalry with New Zealand is all set to continue at the ICC Champions Trophy when they come face to face at Edgbaston on June 2.

The tournament will mark the beginning of a busy two-year period for the ECB, with England also ready to host the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, the 2019 Men’s World Cup and then the Ashes on their home soil. The first match of the tournament will be England vs Bangladesh on June 1, 2017.

Previous winners

1998* – South Africa
2000* – New Zealand
2002 – Sri Lanka and India
2004 – West Indies
2006 – Australia
2009 – Australia
2013 – India

*The ICC Champions Trophy in 1998 and 2000 was known as the ICC Knock-Out

Groups (based on teams’ rankings as on 30 September 2015; x denotes seeding)

Group A        Group B
x-1 Australia        x-2 India
x-4 New Zealand    x-3 South Africa
x-6 England        x-5 Sri Lanka
x-7 Bangladesh    x-8 Pakistan

The entire schedule:

1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (Day)

2 June – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (D)

3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (D)

4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)

5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)

6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)

7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)

8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)

9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)

10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (D)

11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (D)

12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)

14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)

15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)

18 June – Final, The Oval (D)

19 June – Reserve day (D)



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