The International Cricket Council has officially announced the qualifying teams for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which is to be held from June 1st to June 18th in England. The tournament features 8 teams playing for the trophy. The qualifying eight teams were announced by the ICC based on the ODI rankings after the cut-off date 30th September, 2015.
Bangladesh has made its entry into the tournament by standing in the seventh position of the ICC ODI rankings, pushing behind the West Indies. The last time that Bangladesh has qualified for the tournament was in 2006, hosted by India. Bangladesh was ruled out of the tournament in 2006, as it failed to qualify the groups stage having secured only one win against the Zimbabwe.
However, time has favored Bangladesh since then. Bangladesh cricket has been on high since the conclusion of the World Cup 2015. It has produced strong performances by winning ODI series against Pakistan, India and South Africa. It will be exciting to watch how far will the team travel int he upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Not to forget, the team has reached the semi-finals in the recently concluded World cup held in Australia.
The Eight nations playing the ICC Champions Trophy 2015 are as follows: Australia, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Srilanka, England, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The ICC Champions Trophy will be a tournament of 15 matches, with the eight teams spit into two groups of four each. Two teams qualifying from each group will reach the semi-finals, thereafter fighting for the final berths to win the trophy, the ICC Cricket website reported.
Team India will enter the tournament as the defending champions, while West Indies will be out of the tournament due to its lapse in rankings.