The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday increased the prize money for this year’s Champions Trophy by $500,000, reported news agency PTI. “The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June carries a total prize money of $4.5 million with the winner of the eight-team tournament taking home a cheque of $2.2 million,” the ICC announced. While the winner of this year’s tournament will get $2.2 million, the runner-up will get a cheque of $1.1 million, the agency reported. Apart from the this, the other two semifinalists will earn $450,000 each while teams finishing third in each group will be paid $90,000 each. The teams that will finish at the bottom spot in each group will be given $60,000 each.
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The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy will start on 1st June and India will play its first game against Pakistan on June 4 in Edgbaston. There is a strong buzz for the tournament and all team India matches have already been sold out. Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director was quoted by The Indian Express saying, “the demand has been extraordinary so far but there are still limited tickets available for some matches across all venues. Again we stress that fans should only buy tickets from authorised ticket sites, which is why we are providing a resale service via http://www.icc-cricket.com/tickets. It will allow fans to sell any unwanted tickets at face value to fellow fans in a safe and secure way. This is the only way you guarantee a ticket and avoid disappointment.”
Led by Virat Kohli, India will look to defend the title it won in 2013 under the leadership of MS Dhoni. Former Australian captain Michael Clarke recently predicted an India-Australia final in this year’s edition. “I see India and Australia in final. The conditions in the UK are going to play a big part. For example, if there’s swing and seam on offer, Australian pacers will be tough to face. That will hold us in good stead. The likes of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins can be tough to face,” Clarke was quoted saying by PTI at an event.