The ICC Champions Trophy is tournament organized by International Cricket Council (ICC). It is played in One day international (ODI) format and second most important tournament after the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out Tournament (Wills International Cup) in 1998 and has been played approximately gap of every two years since. Its name was changed to the Champions Trophy in 2002. Often ICC Champions trophy is also called mini World Cup.
The number of teams competing has diverged over the years; originally all the ICC’s full members took part, and from 2000 to 2004 associate members were also involved. Since 2009, the tournament has only involved the eight highest-ranked ODI teams as of six months prior to the tournament.
The first ever ICC Champions Trophy (1998 formerly known as ICC Knock Out Tournament) was won by the South African team their first ever ICC title in the history.
In 2002 India and Sri Lanka shared the title as no result due to rain interference. The match was played two days and both the day match was stopped due to heavy rain in second innings of the game.
Australia is the only team to won the title on two occasions.
India is defending Champion this year
ICC Champions Trophy Winners
|Wills International Cup||BAN||1998/99||SA||WI||Hansie Cronje|
|ICC KnockOut||KEN||2000/01||NZ||IND||Stephen Fleming|
|ICC Champions Trophy||SL||2002/03||Shared IND & SL||None||Sanath Jayasurya & Saurabh Ganguly|
|ICC Champions Trophy||ENG||2004||WI||ENG||Brain Lara|
|ICC Champions Trophy||IND||2006/07||AUS||WI||Ricky Ponting|
|ICC Champions Trophy||SA||2009/10||AUS||NZ||Ricky Ponting|
|ICC Champions Trophy||ENG & Wales||2013||IND||ENG||M S Dhoni|
Indian team has better winning %age more then any other team in ICC-CT.