ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Opening weekend breaks records in Birmingham

Cricket took over the city of Birmingham this weekend which culminated in the giants of the sub-continent, India and Pakistan, meeting in the ICC Champions Trophy Group B game at Edgbaston on Sunday. Not only did a record One Day International crowd of 24,156 pack into the refurbished Birmingham ground for the match, which ICC Champions Trophy holders India won by 124 runs, but also thousands more took to Victoria Square in the city to watch matches in the first ever ICC Fan Park. Edgbaston, which was the first ground outside London to host a global final when India won the trophy in the ICC Champions Trophy final beating England in 2013, provided the perfect stage for one of the most eagerly anticipated matches. ICC CT 2017: Rumman Raees to replace Wahab Riaz for Pakistan

Steve Elworthy, the ICC Champions Trophy Tournament Director, added: “Edgbaston is a ground for the big occasion and there are fewer bigger occasions in world cricket than when India and Pakistan meet in an ICC global event. Fans turned out in their thousands and we also were grateful for the thousands who supported the City Fan Park in the centre of Birmingham. It was a great weekend for cricket and everyone at Warwickshire County Cricket Club deserve our thanks for their efforts.” CT 2017: ICC releases statement following London attacks

Neil Snowball, Chief Executive Officer of Warwickshire, said: “It was an honour for Edgbaston to host this match for the third time. We have a large Indian and Pakistani community in and around the city. We have felt the excitement growing for months and when the day came records tumbled. Again, it is a privilege to be part of this ICC Champions Trophy tournament and now we look forward to Pakistan returning to take on South Africa on Wednesday, England playing Australia on 10 June and the semi-final here on 15 June.” ICC CT 2017: Finn announced replacement for Woakes

Fans in Cardiff can look forward to a host of pop-up cricket activations in the build-up to the Semi-Final on 14 June. On Tuesday 13 June, the day before the winners of Group A take on the runners-up of Group B, the city centre will be taken over by cricket activities. Churchill Way, St Mary’s Street and Working Street will see fans get the chance to pick up a bat and ball to show off their skills.