ICC Champions Trophy is knocking at the door as it is going to be started at June 1 in England and Wales. ICC has announced 8 ambassadors of the eight participating nations for the upcoming Champions Trophy on Wednesday 12 April. The ambassadors are as following:
Ambassadors in ICC Champions trophy 2017
|New Zealand||Shane Bond|
|South Africa||Graeme Smith|
|Sri Lanka||Kumar Sangakkara|
- Mike Hussey first played CT was in 2006 at the age of 31. In his debut he was the first victim of Jerome Taylor’s hat-trick spell.
- In the next match his unbeaten 32 helped Australia to fetch a six wicket win over England.
- He scored 35 in the semi final against New Zealand.
- He earned his first Champions Trophy title when Australia had beaten West Indies by 8 wickets (D/L) in the final.
- In the next CT he scored 67 against India and 64 against Pakistan which proved to be helpful.
- He contributed only 11 runs in the final, but Australia as well as Hussey has got another CT title.
- Habibul Bashar debuted at 2000 CT quarter final against England at Nairobi where he scored 18 runs.
- He played only one innings at 2002 CT and scored a duck and at the 2006 his ended with two ducks in his first two matches which made him the first player of CT history to have three consecutive ducks.
- He finally scored 30 in the 101 tun victory match against Zimbabwe.
- Ian Bell scored 43 in his debut CT match against Australia and scored 50 against West Indies in 2006 Champions Trophy. The half century help[ed England to win the match.
- He was name player of the match in the first match of 2013 CT as he went on to score a fine 91 run’s innings against Australia which knocked Australia out and England won the match by 48 runs at Edgbaston.
- He debuted at 2002 ICC CT.
- He took 2 wickets against South Africa after being wicket less in the first two matches he played.
- He took out the big names like Atapattu, Sangakkara and de Silva in the final against Sri Lanka but the match dismissed due to rain and in the replay final he also got one wicket.
- He took 3 wicket against Kenya in the first match of 2004 CT.
- He debuted against Australia back in 2002 and had a bowling figure of 2-63 in that match.
- He scalped 4 wickets in the next match against Bangladesh.
- He took 3 wickets against Pakistan after being wicket less in the first match at the 2006 CT competition.
- He had a figure like 2-55 against the Aussies in the semi.
- He struggled to have some impact in the 2009 CT and he went wicket less and conceded 88 runs in nine overs against Sri Lanka in his second match in that season.
- Shahid Afridi failed to make an impact in 1998 and 2000 Champions Trophy but fired in the 2002 completion against Netherlands as he took 3 for 18 and scored a smashing 18 ball half century which remains fastest in CT history till date.
- He started his journey in 2004 by taking 5-11 against Kenya.
- Afridi took 2 wickets against India in 2009 Champions Trophy.
- He debuted at 2002 and scored 33 and 69 against West Indies and Kenya respectively.
- He was the captain in the 2004 tournament and scored 42 against Bangladesh.
- He scored 45 against West Indies.
- South Africa got all out for only 108 against New Zealand at 2006 in which Smith topped with a 42 runs knock.
- Smith scored a memorable 141 of just 134 balls in a match against England playing with cramps in his legs, but his effort fall short as he got out as the ninth man and apparently South Africa lost the game.
- Kumar Sangakkara debuted in 2000 and he have participated in six Champions Trophies.
- He was flop in 2002 as he only scored 2 and 19 in two matches he batted.
- He got some runs at 2004 as he scored 41 against Netherlands and 48 against Australia and in the final against India he knocked a 54 run innings and in the replaying match he also scored 26 runs.
- He scored 80 runs in the victory against Zimbabwe.
- He captained the team in 2009 and hit 54 runs to win over South Africa but could not win against England and New Zealand.
- He scored 68 against New Zealand in 2013.
- His most memorable innings was against England when he went on to score an unbeaten 134 of 135 balls against England and Sri Lanka chased a target of 294.