Champions Trophy: Cricket’s chance to clean its image

A world class event couldn’t have come at a better time for the game as it grapples to keep its gentlemanly character free of any blemishes. The Indian Premier League has inflicted as much damage as it could. The ICC Champions Trophy is cricket’s chance for running repairs.

The tournament, initially christened as the mini World Cup, is on its last legs in its final edition. The ICC has decided to scrap it after it failed to sustain fans and advertisers’ interest, especially since Twenty20 flexed its muscles. Ironically, it now has a chance to leave a lasting impression by showcasing some ‘real’ contest.

Eight top teams divided into two groups of four each will exchange blows in the race to the semi-finals, which will be played between the top two teams from each group. That leaves no easy games and an early flight home a cruel possibility. Read more