The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament is scheduled to begin on June 1 and end with the final on June 18. It will be hosted at three venues in the United Kingdom, The Oval in London and Edgbaston in Birmingham, both in England; and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales. India is placed no.4 in the ICC Rankings for ODI nations, will open in Group B against Pakistan on June 4 at Edgbaston, followed by matches against Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11 at The Oval.
Indian cricket team will prepare for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with two warm-up matches before the tournament begin. The Indian cricket team will take on the first warm-up match with New Zealand on May 28 and second with Bangladesh on May 30. Both the matches will be played at The Oval in London.
KL Rahul Unlikely to Play
India opener KL Rahul recently revealed that his chances of playing the tournament are very less as he continues with the shoulder injury. Rahul was India’s opener in their last ODI series. Rahul got injured during the opening match of the Test series between India and Australia but played through pain in the remaining matches of the series. But, the injury did not recover sooner after that because of which he could not participate in the ongoing 2017 Indian Premier League.
On which Rahul said “It is frustrating for a young man who is new to international cricket, it’s been two-and-a-half years now. I’ve already been injured twice or thrice. It makes me think about what I am doing wrong. I can’t see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body. Now is the time to see what I can change in training. To be injury-free is wishful thinking for a sportsman. To be fit and minimize injuries will be my goal once I get back”.
Rahul has been a significant player for the National team in the last 12 months and replacing him will be a tough task
Here is a list of the matches of ICC Champions Trophy:
May 26: Australia vs Sri Lanka at The Oval in London
May 27: Bangladesh vs Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham
May 28: India vs New Zealand at The Oval in London
May 29: Australia vs Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham
May 30: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Edgbaston in Birmingham
May 30: India vs Bangladesh at The Oval in London
Bangladesh will be playing in the Champions Trophy after 2006, as this time they have replaced West Indies in the ODI ranking.