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The ICC Champions Trophy is an elite event for the top eight cricketing nations, as determined by the ICC one day international (ODI) rankings. The event has been held a total of six times, and was formally known as the ICC Knockout. 2013 will be the last year of the Champions Trophy, and will be held from 6 to 23 June, with matches at Cardiff, The Oval and Edgbaston.
The tournament has been staged in Bangladesh (1998), Kenya (2000), Sri Lanka (2002), England (2004), India (2006) and South Africa (2009). The last time the competition was held, in 2009, the winners were Australia, who defeated New Zealand in the final six wickets. England has never won the Champions Trophy, but they will be hoping that 2013 is their year.
The competition is split into two groups, with England, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Group A, and India, South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies in Group B. The semi-finals will be held on 19 and 20 June, and the final will be held on 23 June.