ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Complete Schedule and Predictions

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ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Complete Schedule and Predictions
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It's that time of year again when eight international ODI cricket teams compete for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Back-to-back champions Australia will be competing in Group A, while India and Pakistan will duke it out as two of the members of Group B.

Here's a look at the two groupings:

Group A
Australia
England
New Zealand
Sri Lanka
 
Group B
India
Pakistan
West Indies
South Africa

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, and then, of course, semifinals winners will advance to the finals.

Here's what the teams will be competing for over the course of the next two weeks.

Image courtesy of Cricket ICC Instagram Account (http://instagram.com/p/aI8ZtEgxDX/)

Now that you've seen the prized possession, here's the full rundown and schedule of events for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

 

Complete Schedule (All times ET)

Date/Time Team vs. Team Location
June 7 at 5:30 a.m. Pakistan vs. West Indies The Oval, London
June 8 at 5:30 a.m. England vs. Australia Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 9 at 5:30 a.m. New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 10 at 8 a.m. Pakistan vs. South Africa Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 11 at 5:30 a.m. India vs. West Indies The Oval, London
June 12 at 5:30 a.m. Australia vs. New Zealand Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 13 at 8 a.m. England vs. Sri Lanka The Oval, London
June 14 at 5:30 a.m. South Africa vs. West Indies Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 15 at 5:30 a.m. India vs. Pakistan Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 16 at 5:30 a.m. England vs. New Zealand Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 17 at 8 a.m. Australia vs. Sri Lanka The Oval, London
June 19 at 5:30 a.m. (Semifinal 1) TBD vs. TBD The Oval, London
June 20 at 5:30 a.m. (Semifinal 2) TBD vs. TBD Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 23 at 5:30 a.m. (Final) TBD vs. TBD Edgbaston, Birmingham

 

Semifinals Prediction: India and England Make it Out

Having already won their first match over South Africa, India looks poised for a deep run in the ICC.

With younger talent like Shikhar Dhawan leading the way for India, there's no reason to doubt that they have what it takes to make a run at the title (h/t ESPN).

India looked especially dominant over South Africa in their first meeting, which, according to the ICC official Twitter account, is nothing new.

As for England, I think they give the two-time defending champion Australians a run for their money and wind up in the finals.

Using the home turf to their advantage, I like James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann to help England out of Group A play and into the championship.

One thing for sure is that Cook's bat maker is ready for the Englishman to deliver in the ICC.

 

Champion Prediction: India Takes the Title

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After watching the Indian team play against South Africa, it's hard to go against them.

It may be a bit of a bold prediction given the fact that Pakistan boasts a threatening club in the same group and Australia are the two-time defending champions, but Dhawan could very well end up being the best player on the pitch in 2013.

I'm going with India.

 

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