2013 Champions Trophy: Teams, Player Squad & Schedule

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After 2009, once again…it is time for ICC Champions Trophy – which is the 2nd major prestigious cricket tournament, following the ICC Cricket World Cup. So, for this 2013 year, right in this June month; you will enjoy some action packed cricket… as the most prominent cricket tournament – ICC Champions Trophy will start on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in England. Cricket fans from all over the world desperately wait to enjoy such field golden moments. Now, double your excitement by getting complete details about cricket squads of Champions Trophy 2013 along with the players list of all 8 teams and match schedule! So, end your waiting, and be ready to have one more clash of the titans of the cricket series.

2013 Champions Trophy: Teams, Player Squad & Schedule

Champions Trophy is one of the most awaited One-Day International (ODI) cricket tournaments, which is managed by International Cricket Council (ICC). This time England and Wales will host the 2013 Champions trophy, which will be the seventh and final edition of the Champions trophy tournament because the ICC had already determined to replace Champions trophy with a World Test Championship amongst the 4 top-ranked Test teams from 2017 onwards. England will be the first and only country to host the Champions Trophy two times. Cardiff, London & Birmingham – these 3 cities are declared to host the tournament.

As usual, 8 teams are going to play for winning the title of ICC Champions Trophy 2013. These 8 contested teams are India, South Africa, Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies. All these have been separated into two groups – Group A & Group B.

The Champions Trophy 2013 will have 12 group matches, where each team will play with every other team in its group once. After the group level matches, the top two teams of each group would contest for semi-finals. In this, Group A winner will play against the runner up of Group B (in the 1st semi-final) and Group B winner will play against the runner up of Group A (in the 2nd semi-final). The winners of the semi-finals will contest for the final match. Overall, Champions Trophy 2013 will consist of 15 ODI matches (including group level matches, semi finals and final).

Group “A”

Australia Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Michael Clarke (capt)
  2. George Bailey (vc)
  3. Matthew Wade (wk)
  4. Nathan Coulter-Nile
  5. Xavier Doherty
  6. James Faulkner
  7. Phillip Hughes
  8. Mitchell Johnson
  9. Clint McKay
  10. Mitchell Marsh
  11. Glenn Maxwell
  12. Mitchell Starc
  13. Adam Voges
  14. David Warner
  15. Shane Watson

The 15 members’ squad of Australia will be lead by Michael Clarke. Australia team is positioned under Group A of the tournament and it will play next to New Zealand, England and Sri Lanka, according to schedule. It is two-time champions, so naturally expected to pull off third consecutive victory. George Bailey has been chosen as the team’s Vice-Captain, considering his notable performance as the national T20 side’s captain. Michael Clarke, Shane Watson and George Bailey are all greatly experienced, and the squad also has the required firepower, with the hard-hitting David Warner and the highly-rated Mitchell Marsh who gave amazing performance in IPL 2013. Besides the regular batsmen, squad has Nathan Counter-Nile and James Faulkner who can be versatile with the long handle. The spin department looks under par, where Xavier Doherty is the only specialist spinner with Glenn Maxwell and Adam Voges.

New Zealand Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Brendon McCullum (capt)
  2. Luke Ronchi (wk)
  3. Trent Boult
  4. Grant Elliott
  5. Andrew Ellis
  6. James Franklin
  7. Martin Guptill
  8. Mitchell McClenaghan
  9. Nathan McCullum
  10. Kyle Mills
  11. Colin Munro
  12. Tim Southee
  13. Ross Taylor
  14. Daniel Vettori
  15. Kane Williamson

Thirteen years ago, New Zealand Team lifted the second edition of the Champions Trophy in 2000 that was known as the ICC Knockout Trophy under Stephen Fleming. Also they had done well in previous editions, by reaching the semi-finals of the 2006 Champions Trophy as well as achieving the final of the prior one in South Africa. Many players in this team have the skill and talent to match the best player in the world. Here is a return of Grant Elliot, James Franklin, Nathan McCollum, Colin Munro and Daniel Vettori in this tournament whereas Luke Rochi, the previous Australian Wicket-Keeper has been entered for the first time. The bowling and fielding are excellent, while the batting is the main concern for them because batsmen could not back up the bowlers efforts in the recent past. It is believed that their ground fielding and catching are outstanding and many times they save lots of runs in the field which may be very important in the end. Even, their bowling attack is rapidly growing into a world-class attack. Brendon McCullum may not be so good, but he can make bold decisions which surprise many.

England Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Alastair Cook (capt)
  2. Jos Buttler (wk)
  3. James Anderson
  4. Jonny Bairstow
  5. Ian Bell
  6. Ravi Bopara
  7. Tim Bresnan
  8. Stuart Broad
  9. Steven Finn
  10. Eoin Morgan
  11. Joe Root
  12. Graeme Swann
  13. James Tredwell
  14. Jonathan Trott
  15. Chris Woakes

This will be the final chance for the English to catch their hands on this indefinable trophy. Their best result came in the 2004 edition, being runners up to the West Indies, but they knocked down at the final hurdle. Meanwhile, England hosted the tournament.

England team will be missing Kevin Pietersen as he is suffering from knee injury so not there in the ICC Champions Trophy. Whereas a number of other players like Graeme Swaan and Tim Bresnan have returned in the squad. England has included Ravi Bopara in the team to fill up the space of Kevin Pietersen. However, Kevin Pietersen is a chief batsman who can adjust the match situation any time. England has a balanced team with the captaincy of Alastair Cook, but team will face weak middle order because of the absence of Kevin Pietersen. In solution, players like Morgan, Root and Bell should help fill his dearth within the team. With only Bresnan and Broad in the team, shortage of all-rounder in their squad is another limitation. Steven Finn is one of the key strike bowlers for England with a present ICC ODI Bowling rank of No. 3. A 22-year-old batsman, Joe Root, is other player to watch as batsman as he presently has an average of 81.5. At present, England is positioned at No. 2 on the ICC ODI Rankings table, and it is estimated that England will go forward during the next rounds, particularly with the home support on their side.

Sri Lanka Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Angelo Mathews (capt)
  2. Dinesh Chandimal (vc)
  3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk)
  4. Tillakaratne Dilshan
  5. Shaminda Eranga
  6. Rangana Herath
  7. Mahela Jayawardene
  8. Nuwan Kulasekara
  9. Lasith Malinga
  10. Jeevan Mendis
  11. Kusal Perera
  12. Thisara Perera
  13. Sachithra Senanayake
  14. Lahiru Thirimanne
  15. Chanaka Welegedara

Sri Lankan team was joint winner with India in 2002. This time, it has a new captain-Angelo Mathews. The team is known to achieve at their best in major tournaments, and has managed to achieve 4 out of the prior 6 finals. On the bad side, the team has also been in deprived form of late, not managing to beat even Bangladesh at home in their previous ODI series. Sri Lanka find them self in a strong group B having perennial winners Australia, home team England and ever spirited New Zealand side, and it is tough to make out their veterans helping them rub into the semi-finals.

When it comes to batting, Lankans have the ‘proper’ batsmen to handle including Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who had already performed remarkably for the team in the history, though their present form is a main cause of concern. This is definite to land further dependability on the team’s all-rounders like Angelo Mathews, the injured Welegedara’s replacement Dilhara Lokuhettige, Thisara Perera, and Jeevan Mendis.

Sri Lankan bowling attack is very strong, and balanced equally in the pace and the spin departments. Lasith Malinga is one of the best bowlers in the world cricket; and Nuwan Kulasekara’s niggling line and length should be very valuable. Even its skipper Angelo Mathews as well as bowling all-rounder Thisara Perera can be valuable for the team in the middle overs. There are some doubts besides having Senanayake and Herath, who are world-class spinners.

Group “B”

India Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. MS Dhoni (capt/wk)
  2. Dinesh Karthik (wk)
  3. Ravichandran Ashwin
  4. Shikhar Dhawan
  5. Ravindra Jadeja
  6. Virat Kohli
  7. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  8. Amit Mishra
  9. Irfan Pathan
  10. Suresh Raina
  11. Ishant Sharma
  12. Rohit Sharma
  13. Murali Vijay
  14. Vinay Kumar
  15. Umesh Yadav

In 2002, Indian team shared the Trophy with Sri Lanka under the captainship of Sourav Ganguly. Team India will hope to win his own one for 2013, having the coolest finisher in the world cricket – Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Each member of India’s squad for the Champions Trophy 2013 was a part of the recently completed IPL, and they have played till the final on 26th May. MS Dhoni also shows his concerns regarding a few challenges like the new ODI rules as well as the team will be playing outside the subcontinent for the first time under the new-fangled rules.

The Indian selection is hard for 2013 Champions Trophy; here is No Gambhir, No Yuvraj, No Sehwag, due to their poor form in the last 12 months. Instead, they preferred Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. After a gap of three years, Dinesh Karthik is making a return to the Indian side owing to some strong performances in the domestic cricket. So, there are no worries for the batting line-up. The middle order will be the actual potency of the Indian team with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, as all of them have reputation of top-class cricket players, even they played in fine form in the current past. Sadly, the team has many spinners, you can say it over-supply of spinners and part-time spinners. At the same time, it faces dearth of bowlers to maximize the 2 white balls. Return back of Umesh Yadav is good luck for the team on the pace bowling front.

Pakistan Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Misbah-ul-Haq (capt)
  2. Kamran Akmal (wk)
  3. Abdur Rehman
  4. Asad Ali
  5. Asad Shafiq
  6. Ehsan Adil
  7. Imran Farhat
  8. Junaid Khan
  9. Mohammad Hafeez
  10. Mohammad Irfan
  11. Nasir Jamshed
  12. Saeed Ajmal
  13. Shoaib Malik
  14. Umar Amin
  15. Wahab Riaz

As Pakistani Players banned from the Indian Premier League, they got enough time to practice before the tournament while others were busy in playing the IPL. Pakistani Superstars like Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Younis Khan are not in this tournament because of their poor performance. On the other hand, players like Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Abdur-Rehman, who have the tendency to control the run flow in any conditions, would be expected for great result. For the Batsmen across the world, Ajmal’s mystery is yet to be solved. It is expected that Ajmal’s 10 overs is essential for Pakistan to limit the opponents for a decent total with an unproven attack.

Pakistan’s fielding has been striking with the arrival of Julien Fountain, even Irfan and Junaid Khan, a new ball pair can create threatening condition to the opposition, as they were remarkable in the current series against India and South Africa. The Squad looks unbalanced in absence of Shahid Afridi, also lack of Umar Gul will create a huge impact throughout the slog overs. Moreover, batting department looks unproven and it is even weaker after Younis Khan’s omission, and particularly when chasing.

As most of the selected players in the team would be facing England’s conditions for the first time, this may possibly make them struggle in the early phase of the tournament. One best thing for the Pakistan team is that it is the only one in the ODI mode, whereas all other teams were in T20 cricket in the current times.

South Africa Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. AB de Villiers (capt/wk)
  2. Hashim Amla
  3. Farhaan Behardien
  4. Jean-Paul Duminy
  5. Faf du Plessis
  6. Colin Ingram
  7. Rory Kleinveldt
  8. Ryan McLaren
  9. David Miller
  10. Morne Morkel
  11. Robin Peterson
  12. Aaron Phangiso
  13. Graeme Smith
  14. Dale Steyn
  15. Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Winning Champions Trophy in Dhaka in 1998-99 with a lot of all-rounders is the only global trophy of this team. Its real strength is its ample of all-rounders and a very tough pace attack led by Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander, supported with the best ground-fielding. This squad of 2013 Champions Trophy is one of the oldest squads in terms of average age, because only one player in their 15 men squad is less than 25 years old. It will be lead by the capable and resourceful captain – AB de Villiers, who has yet to learn how to continue and build runs.

Absence of batting specialist, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis, who properly used to English conditions, may cost the team. Alviro Peterson, a 32-year old, is returning after playing a season of the first-class cricket in England. Hashim Amla and Alviro Peterson will give a platform for South Africa’s middle order, which circled around their captain AB de Villiers alongside Duminy, Faf du Plessis and David Miller.

Bowling line-up is the actual strength of the squad with two of the best fast bowlers in the world, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. Steyn along with his partner Morne Morkel, performed great in the just completed IPL and both could be expected to bring great results on the seaming English tracks. They would be also supported by Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s and Rory Kleinveldt. Ryan McLaren, who played for the Mumbai Indians during the IPL, will perform a bowling all-rounder with his medium pacers. Even, he would be competing with the veteran Robin Peterson, who gives diversity with his slow-left arm spin.

West Indies Team Squad-Champions Trophy 2013:

  1. Dwayne Bravo (capt)
  2. Denesh Ramdin
  3. Tino Best
  4. Darren Bravo
  5. Johnson Charles
  6. Chris Gayle
  7. Jason Holder
  8. Sunil Narine
  9. Kieron Pollard
  10. Ravi Rampaul
  11. Kemar Roach
  12. Darren Sammy
  13. Marlon Samuels
  14. Ramnaresh Sarwan
  15. Devon Smith

West Indies Team won the Champions Trophy in 2004 in England. Bravo is the new captain and is in charge of the squad. The existence of experienced batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was tagged as the man of the series in the 2004, would carry essential skill to the middle order. Other players like Young Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels also have the ability of batting all through the 50 overs and they can cling to the innings simultaneously. The come back of Devon Smith at the top of the batting order would be an extra benefit. He along with Chris Gayle, the highest run-scorer in the Champions Trophy, creates frightening conditions for the oppositions.

We know that team’s bowling greatly depends on the pace department. Tino Best and Kemar Roach are the fast pacers in the squad, as well as they would be entrusted with the new ball. Veteran Ravi Rampaul would prove to be a huge asset in wavering conditions. Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and skipper Dwayne Bravo have performed great role as all rounders, also they can get through the middle overs rapidly. Bravo and Pollard are also radiant fielders in the outfield, and they have taken some wonderful catches in current times. The skipper Dwayne Bravo won the purple cap for taking the majority of wickets in the IPL. Also, Jason Holder has impressed in the IPL as now he would be looking to imitate his wicket-taking skill in the national colours. However, the only conventional spinner, Sunil Narine, makes a department little dull.

Date & Time Teams Venue
India vs South Africa 1st ODI Match 2013 Sophia Gardens
Pakistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI Match 2013 The Oval
England vs Australia 3rd ODI Match 2013 Edgbaston Cricket Ground
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 4th ODI Match 2013 Sophia Gardens
Pakistan vs South Africa 5th ODI Match 2013 Edgbaston Cricket Ground
India vs West Indies 6th ODI Match 2013 The Oval
12/06/2013 10:00 Australia vs New Zealand 7th ODI Match 2013 Edgbaston Cricket Ground
England vs Sri Lanka 8th ODI Match 2013 The Oval
South Africa vs West Indies 9th ODI Match 2013 Sophia Gardens
India vs Pakistan 10th ODI Match 2013 Edgbaston Cricket Ground
England vs New Zealand 11th ODI Match 2013 Sophia Gardens
Australia vs Sri Lanka 12th ODI Match 2013 The Oval
First Semi Final Match TBD
2nd Semi Final ODI Match Sophia Gardens
Final Match Edgbaston Cricket Ground

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