The ICC Champions Trophy, which started as a knock out tournament, has been played in the Round Robin League format since 2002. In 2002 and 2004, the 12 participating teams were spilt in four pools of three, with the top team in each pool moving forward to the semi-final.
For the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, the Board of ICC Development
(International) Ltd (IDI) approved a new format at its meeting in Dublin
in June 2005. The new format will see eight teams split into two groups
of four with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the
semi-finals and final.
The eight teams will comprise the top six teams in the LG ICC ODI
Championship table on 1 April 2006 and the top two teams from the
qualifying round of the ICC Champions Trophy 2006.
The qualifying round will be a four-team round robin play-off for the
teams ranked 7-10 (Sri Lanka, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) in
the LG ICC ODI Championship table on 1 April 2006. This round will
commence from October 7, 2006 while the main stage will start from
The ICC expects the new format to pave the way for an exciting and
high-quality cricket tournament.