BIG HITTER: West Indies captain Darren Sammy at crease against Australia in Perth earlier this month
CRICKET FANS now only have to wait 100 days before they can watch the world’s finest players flock to London to take part in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The tournament will open at The Oval, south London, and features the eight best one-day international teams in the world.
Along with current World Twenty20 champions West Indies, the 2013 competition will welcome Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka – all of which will play in The Oval, Edgbaston and the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
The ICC, in celebrating only 100 days to go, is also asking fans to log on to Facebook and vote for their favourite century of the 37 hit over the tournament’s 15-year history.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is backing the cricketing contest, with The Oval to host five matches. “We are really looking forward to welcoming the ICC Champions Trophy to London this year,” Johnson said.
“It’s going to bring a lot of excitement to London – excitement about cricket, which is a wonderful game and a game we invented in London by the way.”
The Windies find themselves in Group B with India, South Africa and Pakistan. The Caribbean team play their first match on June 7 against Pakistan at The Oval.
Australia are the reigning holders, last lifting the trophy under captain Ricky Ponting in 2009.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013 fixtures
8 June - England v Australia, Edgbaston
9 June - Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Cardiff Wales Stadium
12 June - Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston
13 June - England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
16 June - England v New Zealand, Cardiff Wales Stadium
17 June - Sri Lanka v Australia, The Oval
6 June - India v South Africa, Cardiff Wales Stadium
7 June - West Indies v Pakistan, The Oval
10 June - Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston
11 June - India v West Indies, The Oval
14 June - West Indies v South Africa, Cardiff Wales Stadium
15 June - India v Pakistan, Edgbaston
19 June - Group A Winner v Group B runner-up, The Oval;
20 June - Group B Winner v Group A runner-up, Cardiff Wales Stadium.
June 23 – Edgbaston
For more information and tickets visit: www.icc-cricket.com