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ICC Champions Trophy Cricket
ICC One Day International "Mini World Cup"The ICC Champions Trophy is a One Day International cricket tournament, second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998 and has been played every two years since, changing its name to the Champions Trophy in 2002. Originally, all ten full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) took part, together with (for the first four competitions) two associate members. From 2009, this will be changed to the 8 highest-ranked ODI teams as placed 6 months out from the tournament.
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ICC Champions Trophy 2012 in Sri Lanka
ICC Champions Trophy
CANCELLEDThe ICC Champions Trophy, also known as the Mini World Cup, is cricket's one-day international tournament second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998 and has been played every two years since, changing its name to the Champions Trophy in 2002. All ten full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) take part, together with (for the first four competitions) two associate members.
Since the quadrennial Cricket World Cup and on-going ICC ODI Championship effectively determine the relative rankings of international cricket teams in one-day international cricket, there seems to be little need for the Champions Trophy as a junior tournament. However, the Champions Trophy is a financially important event for the ICC. Money generated through the event is used in ICC's Development Program.
Although being the second most important one-day tournament in cricket, the ICC Champions Trophy has sometimes been criticised by the media, with claims that there is no point for it, when there is the World Cup as well. Before the 2004 tournament, Wisden described it as "the tournament that veers between being the second most important in world cricket and a ludicrous waste of time". However, despite this controversy, many people are still fond of the tournament, and players enjoy having the opportunity to participate in it.
By Nishanth Gopinathan.
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