Bangladesh are one of the eight teams which will play in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images
Bangladesh are one of the eight teams which will play in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 © Getty Images

It is believed that the schedule for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be announced at The Oval on Wednesday i.e. June 1, 2016. The same has been confirmed by a reliable source. The series will be played over an 18-day period starting June 1, 2017 to June 18. However, the schedule for the matches is still not out. Champions Trophy is the second biggest multi-team 50-over tournament after the World Cup. Eight teams are expected to participate in the tournament. This is as per September 30, 2015. The teams are Australia, India, England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Bangladesh had replaced West Indies since the former finished ahead in ICC ODI team rankings (at the cut-off date). The top eight teams on that day qualified for the tourney. READ: New Zealand, Bangladesh, Ireland to play tri-series prior to ICC Champions Trophy 2017

The Champions Trophy 2017 will be a 15-match tournament, with teams split into two groups of four, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the semi-finals. The groups and the schedule for the ICC Champions Trophy was thought to be declared in some time. Bangladesh have played some good cricket over the last year esp. in the limited-overs format. This helped them get past West Indies to book their place in the Champions Trophy 2017. They made it to the knockout stages of the of a World Cup for the very first time in their history and this was followed up by series wins against South Africa and India—both at home, according to Poll: Will Bangladesh perform well in ICC Champions Trophy 2017?

September 30 was given as the cut-off date for determining the rankings. Bangladesh finished at No.7, ahead of Pakistan at No.8 and West Indies at No.9.

People are awaiting for the complete schedule of Champions Trophy 2017. The matches are expected to bring a lot of smiles on the faces of cricket crazy fans across the globe.

(With inputs from PTI)