The International Cricket Council may scrap the Champions Trophy from it’s calendar after the 2017 or 2021 edition as per the reports on ESPNcricinfo. The tournament was to be terminated in 2013 itself but since the inaugural ICC Test championship couldn’t take place, ICC decided to stage another one in 2017 in England.
If the new One-Day International (ODI) League does occur in 2019, then next year’s tournament in England could be the last time we see teams fighting it out for the prestigious ‘Mini World Cup’. ICC is not in favour of having three competitions for the 50-over format, therefore the 2021 edition in India might not take place. If such a situation arise then India might get to host the 2022 or the 2024 World Twenty20 since the recommendation to stage the competition every two years once is likely to be approved at the ICC Annual Conference in Edinburgh.
The ICC Champions Trophy also termed as ‘Mini World Cup’ is a very popular tournament among the fans and in the Cricketing circles, there is a very rich history behind the tournament. The tournament was started way back in 1998, formerly it was known as ICC Knockout Trophy. Next year’s Champions Trophy is scheduled to be played in England, Bangladesh will be playing in the tournament at the expense of West Indies. India are currently the defending champions after they beat hosts England in the final in 2013.