ICC Champions Trophy 2008 has been postponed and now it will be played in next year that is in 2009. The host rights of Champions trophy 2009 is still with Pakistan. The schedule and venue will be decided later by ICC.
ICC Champions trophy 2008/08 is extended by a day so instead of 11th of September tournament begins from 12th of September. Rawalpindi Stadium is also excluded from the venue which was initially included for Champions Trophy.
2008 Champions Trophy which is the second biggest tournament after World Cup will be hosted by Pakistan. The inaugural match of Champions Trophy will be played against the home team Pakistan and West Indies on September 12 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The defending champions Australia will start their campaign with the game against 2002 Champions trophy winner India on September 13 at National Stadium, Karachi. At Last time in Champions trophy there were total 21 matches played but this time it is down to 15 numbers of matches.
All eight teams are divided into two Groups A and B. India, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies are in Group A while South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England are in group B. Each team will play with one another in their corresponding groups and the top two teams from each group will advance into the semi finals.
The first semi final will be played at the National Stadium Karachi on September 24th while second semi final will be played on 26th of September at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Winners of each semi finals will meet at Gaddafi stadium to play the big Final of ICC Champions trophy 2008 on 28th September.
The following are the two groups: Group A: Australia, India, Pakistan, West Indies Group B:South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England
Former winners of ICC Champions trophy 1998 - South Africa 2000 - New Zealand 2002 - India and Sri Lanka (Joint Winners) 2004 - West Indies 2006 - Australia
Here are the complete fixture of ICC Champions Trophy 2008-09(All timing are mentioned in GMT+)