“Australia in crisis” was how one respected English newspaper saw it after their disintegration against India in their final Champions Trophy warm-up.
Even though Pakistan are missing players who’ve been key members of their side in the past, and just barely managed to beat Ireland ahead of the Champions Trophy warm-ups…
While South Africa have at least been able to focus entirely on the cricket, India haven’t. For the past few weeks in India, cricket has dominated newspaper front pages and has been breathlessly reported on round-the-clock by television channels, but almost all of it has been about the corruption in the IPL, and the ensuing turmoil in the BCCI.
Each team will play every other team in its Group. Points will be allocated for each match in accordance with the system described below of these playing conditions, which will apply throughout the competition.