21 Jul 2009

More prize money for Champions Trophy

4:27 pm on 21 July 2009

The prize money for the Champions Trophy cricket tournament has increased nearly four times, with $6 million on offer for the tournament to be played in South Africa in September.

The format has also been revamped, with only eight instead of ten teams participating. Unlike in 2006, when the tournament lasted nearly a month, there will be no qualifying round this time. Centurion and Wanderers will host all 15 games between them.

The teams have been divided into two groups of four each and the top two from each will qualify for the semi-finals. India and Pakistan find themselves in the same group, along with Australia and West Indies, and the two rivals will meet on the second day of the tournament in a day-night game at the Wanderers. Group B includes South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The hosts will play Sri Lanka in the opening game in Centurion.