2006 ICC Champions Trophy
|Administrator(s)||International Cricket Council|
|Cricket format||One Day International|
|Tournament format(s)||Round-robin and knockout|
|Champions||Australia (1st title)|
|Player of the series||Chris Gayle|
|Most runs||Chris Gayle (474)|
|Most wickets||Jerome Taylor (13)|
The 2006 ICC Champions Trophy was a One Day International cricket tournament held in India from 7 October to 5 November 2006. It was the fifth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy (previously known as the ICC Knock-out). The tournament venue was not confirmed until mid-2005 when the Indian government agreed that tournament revenues would be free from tax (the 2002 tournament had been due to be held in India, but was switched to Sri Lanka when an exemption from tax in India was not granted). Australia won the tournament, their first Champions Trophy victory. They were the only team to only get one loss in the tournament, as all other teams lost at least two matches. West Indies, their final opponents, beat Australia in the group stage, but were bowled out for 138 in the final and lost by eight wickets on the Duckworth–Lewis method. West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle was named Player of the Tournament.
English writer Tim de Lisle said the tournament "had been fun", because "it had been unpredictable." The unpredictability was in part shown by the fact that no Asian side qualified for the semi-final, for the first time in a major ICC tournament since the 1975 World Cup. De Lisle also claimed that "the pitches" had been the "tournament's secret", saying that they were "sporting and quixotic" and "quite untypical of both one-day cricket and the subcontinent." His viewed were echoed by panelists in a roundtable discussion organised by Cricinfo, "who hoped that the tournament would not be a one-off in a batsman-dominated game" according to news site rediff.com. The tournament recorded five of the 10 lowest team totals in the tournament's history, and totals of 80 (for West Indies v Sri Lanka) and 89 (for Pakistan v South Africa) were the lowest recorded in matches involving the top eight ranked One-day International sides of the world.
The Ten full member teams competed in the tournament, and were seeded according to the ICC ODI Championship standings on 1 April 2006. Bangladesh became the last team to qualify, claiming tenth place ahead of Kenya on 23 March 2006. The first six teams on the ICC ODI table (Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, and England) qualified automatically; the next four teams (Sri Lanka, the defending champions West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) played a pre-tournament round-robin qualifying round from 7 to 14 October to determine which two will proceed to play in the tournament proper.
Two teams from the qualifying round, plus the other six teams, played in a group stage, split into two groups of four in a round-robin competition, played from 15 to 29 October. Matches in the preliminary round and the group round were played in the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, and the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The matches in Mumbai were the first ODIs at Brabourne Stadium for 11 years.
The top two teams from each group qualified for the semi-finals, played in Mohali on 1 November and in Jaipur on 2 November. The final was played in Mumbai on 5 November.
The 10 Test-playing nations had taken part.
Off the field issues
The BCCI, Indian cricket's governing body, were making efforts to ensure that this is the last ICC Champions Trophy. They stated that it was a "financial burden" for host nations, and that the ICC should host only one international tournament, the World Cup. However, in April, BCCI president Sharad Pawar said that he would "respect the decision" if the ICC unanimously agreed to keep the Champions Trophy on the calendar.
Herschelle Gibbs returned to India for the first time in six years; he had refused to tour the country following the match-fixing scandal on the tour of India in 2000, over fears he might be arrested. He eventually agreed to a questioning session with the Delhi police, incriminating several more people in the scandal.
Pakistan's team composition frequently changed; the original captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was suspended following his decision to forfeit the fourth Test of Pakistan's match against England over an umpiring decision. Younis Khan was instated as captain, withdrew himself, then was appointed for the job again. On 16 October, the day before their first match, Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar were sent home following a positive A sample of a drugs test.
Award ceremony controversy
During the Award ceremony after the finals, Ricky Ponting tapped the shoulders of BCCI President Sharad Pawar and gestured him to handover the trophy. Soon after the trophy was handed over, Damien Martyn nudged Sharad Pawar off the stage eager to relish the moment and to pose for the waiting photographers. Former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar who was also present in the stage, later disclosed that one of the Australian team members referred to Pawar as "Hiya Buddy".
Although Pawar tried to play down the incident by stating that "it wasn't intentional", some cricketers including the usually diplomatic Sachin Tendulkar and Nikhil Chopra reacted strongly to this. In Mumbai, a section of NCP workers took to the streets demanding an apology from the Australian cricket team. Chaggan Bhujbal, a NCP leader said "This is an insult to a senior leader. We will make a formal complaint to the Australian embassy."
Umpires and match referees
Three match referees and eight umpires were named for the tournament. Of the ten umpires on the ICC elite panel, neither Darrell Hair, who was not nominated due to security concerns, nor Billy Doctrove were employed for the tournament. Those were two umpires calling Pakistan for ball tampering in August. An ICC spokesman said, "this didn't mean Billy Doctrove is a bad umpire", and that there was "nothing sinister" about the decision.
West Indies and Sri Lanka had qualified with a game to spare, and their match only determined position on the ICC ODI Championship table as well as group opposition in the main stage.
|Match||Date||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||Result||Man of the Match|
|ODI 2423||7 October 2006||Sri Lanka||Bangladesh||Mohali||Sri Lanka won by 37 runs||Upul Tharanga|
|ODI 2424||8 October 2006||West Indies||Zimbabwe||Ahmedabad||West Indies won by 9 wickets||Chris Gayle|
|ODI 2425||10 October 2006||Sri Lanka||Zimbabwe||Ahmedabad||Sri Lanka won by 144 runs||Upul Tharanga|
|ODI 2426||11 October 2006||West Indies||Bangladesh||Jaipur||West Indies won by 10 wickets||Chris Gayle|
|ODI 2427||13 October 2006||Bangladesh||Zimbabwe||Jaipur||Bangladesh won by 101 runs||Shahriar Nafees|
|ODI 2428||14 October 2006||Sri Lanka||West Indies||Mumbai (BS)||Sri Lanka won by 9 Wickets||Farveez Maharoof|
|A1||Australia||240/9 (50 overs)|
|B2||New Zealand||206(46 overs)|
|A1||Australia||116/2 (28.1 overs)|
|A2||West Indies||138 (30.4 overs)|
|B1||South Africa||258/8 (50 overs)|
|A2||West Indies||262/4 (44 overs)|
|Number||Date||Team 1||Team 2||Venue||Result||Man of the Match|
|ODI 2441||1 November 2006||Australia||New Zealand||Mohali||Australia by 34 runs||Glenn McGrath|
|ODI 2442||2 November 2006||South Africa||West Indies||Jaipur||West Indies by 6 wickets||Chris Gayle|
|ODI 2443||5 November 2006||Australia||West Indies||Mumbai (BS)||Australia by 8 wickets (D/L)||Shane Watson|
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Statistics include performances in preliminary round matches.
|1||Chris Gayle||West Indies||8||8||2||474||133*||79.00||92.94||3||0|
|2||Upul Tharanga||Sri Lanka||6||6||0||320||110||53.33||76.37||2||1|
|4||Shivnarine Chanderpaul||West Indies||7||7||3||222||57*||55.50||67.06||0||3|
|5||Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||6||6||1||188||48||37.60||80.68||0||0|
|6||Stephen Fleming||New Zealand||4||4||0||184||89||46.00||71.87||0||1|
|8||Dwayne Bravo||West Indies||8||5||1||164||112*||41.00||75.22||1||0|
|9||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||6||5||1||160||80||40.00||81.21||0||1|
|10||Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||6||6||1||156||48||31.20||91.76||0||0|
|1||Chris Gayle||West Indies||133*||South Africa||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||2 November|
|2||Shahriar Nafees||Bangladesh||123*||Zimbabwe||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||13 October|
|3||Dwayne Bravo||West Indies||112*||England||Sardar Patel Stadium||28 October|
|4||Upul Tharanga||Sri Lanka||110||Zimbabwe||Sardar Patel Stadium||10 October|
|5||Upul Tharanga||Sri Lanka||105||Bangladesh||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium||7 October|
|6||Chris Gayle||West Indies||104*||Bangladesh||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||11 October|
|7||Chris Gayle||West Indies||101||England||Sardar Patel Stadium||28 October|
|8||Adam Gilchrist||Australia||92||West Indies||Brabourne Stadium||18 October|
|9||Runako Morton||West Indies||90*||Australia||Brabourne Stadium||18 October|
|9||Kevin Pietersen||England||90*||West Indies||Sardar Patel Stadium||28 October|
|1||Jerome Taylor||West Indies||7||57||3||287||13||22.07||26.3||5.03||4–49||1||0|
|2||Farveez Maharoof||Sri Lanka||6||36||2||190||12||15.83||18.0||5.27||6–14||0||1|
|3||Lasith Malinga||Sri Lanka||6||50.3||3||210||11||19.09||27.5||4.15||4–53||1||0|
|4||Kyle Mills||New Zealand||4||28.3||2||118||10||11.80||17.1||4.14||4–38||1||0|
|7||Chaminda Vaas||Sri Lanka||5||46||8||170||9||18.88||30.6||3.69||2–6||0||0|
|7||Muttiah Muralitharan||Sri Lanka||6||55||3||181||9||20.11||36.6||3.29||4–23||1||0|
|9||Makhaya Ntini||South Africa||4||28||3||129||8||16.12||21.0||4.60||5–21||0||1|
|9||Chris Gayle||West Indies||8||46.1||2||185||8||23.12||34.6||4.00||3–3||0||0|
|9||Ian Bradshaw||West Indies||6||51||2||192||8||24.00||38.2||3.76||3–30||0||0|
|Best bowling analysis|
|1||Farveez Maharoof||Sri Lanka||6–14||West Indies||Brabourne Stadium||14 October|
|2||Makhaya Ntini||South Africa||5–21||Pakistan||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium||27 October|
|3||Muttiah Muralitharan||Sri Lanka||4–23||New Zealand||Brabourne Stadium||20 October|
|4||Kyle Mills||New Zealand||4–38||Australia||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium||1 November|
|5||Jerome Taylor||West Indies||4–49||Australia||Brabourne Stadium||18 October|
|6||Abdul Razzaq||Pakistan||4–50||Sri Lanka||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||17 October|
|7||Lasith Malinga||Sri Lanka||4–53||South Africa||Sardar Patel Stadium||24 October|
|8||Chris Gayle||West Indies||3–3||Zimbabwe||Sardar Patel Stadium||8 October|
|9||Jeetan Patel||New Zealand||3–11||South Africa||Brabourne Stadium||16 October|
|10||Dwayne Bravo||West Indies||3–14||Bangladesh||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||11 October|
Records broken during the tournament:
- Most consecutive defeats, 9, Zimbabwe (carried over from previous tournaments).
- Most consecutive wins: 6, West Indies (carried over from previous tournaments).
- Number of centuries in a tournament: 3, Chris Gayle
- Most runs in a tournament: 474, Gayle
- Most consecutive ducks: 3, Habibul Bashar (carried over from previous tournaments)
- Youngest centurion in a Champions Trophy: Shahriar Nafees, 123 not out, Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, aged 20 years 261 days.
- Highest third wicket partnership: 165, Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Sardar Patel Stadium, 10 October.
- Highest fifth wicket partnership: 137, Brian Lara and Runako Morton, West Indies v Australia at Brabourne Stadium, 18 October.
- Highest sixth wicket partnership: 131, Mark Boucher and Justin Kemp, South Africa v Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, 27 October.
- Highest seventh wicket partnership: 103, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori, New Zealand v Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, 1 November.
- Best bowling analysis: 9–2–14–6, Farveez Maharoof, Sri Lanka v West Indies, Brabourne Stadium, 14 October.
- First hat-trick: Jerome Taylor v Australia, Brabourne Stadium, 18 October.
- India to keep Champions Trophy BBC News, 26 May 2005
- Why it has been fun this time, Tim de Lisle, from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Indian batsmen's bad habits exposed, by Deepti Patwardhan, from Rediff. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Lowest Team Totals[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Bangladesh confirm final ICC Champions Trophy 2006 place Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine ICC media release, 23 March 2006
- India to call for scrapping of Champions Trophy Cricinfo, 4 January 2006
- BCCI not against Champions Trophy – Pawar Cricinfo 27 April 2006
- Concern over Champions Trophy Cricinfo, 12 July 2006
- Gibbs reveals more names to Indian police Cricinfo, 12 October 2006
- 'Hiya buddy', said Aussies to Pawar
- BCCI won't officially complain to Cricket Australia
- Doctrove will not stand
- ICC Champions Trophy, 2006 Batting – Most Runs, from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Highest score.
- ICC Champions Trophy, 2006 Highest Individual Scores, from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- ICC Champions Trophy, 2006 Bowling – Most Wickets, from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- ICC Champions Trophy, 2006 Best Innings Bowling, from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Most Consecutive Defeats[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Most Consecutive Wins[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy Centuries[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Most Runs in a Tournament[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Most Consecutive Ducks[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Youngest to Score Century[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy – Partnership Records[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- Champions Trophy Best Innings Bowling[permanent dead link], from Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 November 2006
- ICC Champions Trophy (International Cricket Council)
- 2006 Champions Trophy, official site
- ICC names Champions Trophy venues (Cricinfo, 12 January 2006)
- Groups announced for Champions Trophy (Cricinfo, 2 April 2006)
- Venues announced, International Cricket Council press release, 27 April 2006
- Match Scorecards (Cricinfo), 1 April 2007
- Squads (Cricinfo), 1 April 2007