The wait is soon going to be over. The world cup of champions is arriving with full thrust. The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is just around the corner, and the battle begins on the very first day of June.
Like every other time, the tournament has all the major cricket playing nations as participants. Indians would be defending their title whereas every other nation would try snatching the trophy away. There were a lot of speculations about Indians deciding to skip the tournament this year. Now clearing all the doubts, the BCCI has made it official that the team is all set to play the big series. So, sit back and relax, the game is on.
Champions Trophy 2017 Squads
Group a Squads
Steven Smith(c), James Pattinson, David Warner, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Starc, John Hastings, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, & Glenn Maxwell.
Strength and Weakness: Australia’s strength is its pace attack. The side seems to lack experience in batting but can score anything when in touch.
Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Tamim Iqbal, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Imrul Kayes, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, & Mahmudullah.
Strength and Weakness: Bangladesh has been superb in some of the recent tournaments. It defeated the biggies. Would be an interesting side. The team has great balance.
Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, & Jake Ball.
Strength and Weakness: England’s has the right balance of batters bowlers and allrounders. The only vulnerability is that the batting of the side is one dimensional. It’s prone to collapse anytime.
- New Zealand
Kane Williamson(c), Trent Boult, Luke Ronchi (wk), Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Tim Southee, James Neesham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill, Jeetan Patel, & Adam Milne.
Strength and Weakness: New Zealand is the most balanced squad and great on paper. It’s just the pressure of big matches that makes it player less than the potential.
Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, & Ravindra Jadeja.
Strength and Weakness:
The defending champions are a great batting side. The weakness would be its bowling, but that too is better than its previous stints in the tournament.
Sarfraz Ahmed(c& wk), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Wahab Riaz, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, & Mohammad Hafeez.
Strength and Weakness: The young Pakistan is a bowling powerhouse. The side has to prove the grit in its inexperienced batting.
- South Africa
AB deVilliers(c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Keshav Maharaj, Farhaan Behardien, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, & Imran Tahir.
Strength and Weakness: Proteas has for long been a great cricketing side. What’s been bad is their miserable failures in the big games.
- Sri Lanka Squad
Angelo Mathews(c), Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Upul Tharanga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Chamara Kapugedera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), & Lasith Malinga.
Strength and Weakness: This Sri Lankan side might just come a bit short of the mighty side it once was. However, a handful of impact players may do the wonders.
Watch the Champions Trophy live on YuppTV in Canada and Europe.
For the people hailing from Canada and Europe and trying to figure out where to watch the fixtures live, we have good news. YuppTV is broadcasting the Champions Trophy 2017 live in at your place. YuppTV has the exclusive internet rights for broadcasting all the matches of Champions Trophy in Canada and Europe region. You can access the YuppTV easily through your smartphones. Stay tuned with us to enjoy the clash of the champions. Watch India vs South Africa Highlights