Farewell ICC Champions Trophy

HARARE - The ICC champions trophy was first played in Dhaka Bangladesh back in 1998, and, sadly, this year marks the final tournament.

This is due to the huge amount of cricket that is currently being played by the major cricketing nations.

And, to be fare, the point is a valid one. Personally, I would have been much happier to have seen the Indian Premier League (IPL) scrapped of the calendar.

The IPL may be very entertaining, but, it is rapidly turning into a breeding ground of greedy administrators and dishonest players.

A number of players are being investigated for spot fixing, while officials are fighting amongst themselves for spoils of what has been a massive money spinner.

So, how could these brood of vipers possibly be a good example to upcoming players, as well as the administrators of the rest of the cricketing family?

The Champions Trophy has always delivered some spectacular cricket. The first two events which were played in Dhaka in 1998, and in Nairobi in 2000, were knock out events.

In other words, lose the first game, and you were leaving the competition on a jet plane. South Africa won the first event, while New Zealand played some of their best cricket ever! To emerge as winners of the event two years later.

The format was changed two years later, but still produced outstanding cricket, with Andrew Flower scoring a career best 145 against India in sweltering conditions in Sri Lanka.

Heath Streak was hospitalised after the tuktuk he was travelling in overturned, leaving him with a damaged shoulder which needed surgery.

The ICC Champions trophy has undoubtedly been a success amongst cricket lovers, but, it has left some of the countries with a bitter taste in their mouths.

For example, Sri Lanka were World Cup champions when the inaugural tournament was played, and yet, South Africa emerged as victors.

So what was the point of having a World Cup, and another 50 over competition? 2009 saw another change of format, with the teams been reduced to the top eight playing each other.

But, it seems as if the powers that be feel that it is time for the curtain to be brought down on this event, and there are thoughts and suggestions that the ICC may possibly be working towards the structuring of a test championship.

Though how this would work, or if it would work is yet to be seen. - Dean du Plessis


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