The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named the top eight ranked teams that will compete in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
A Bangladeshi team will compete for the first time since 2006 after having a sensational year in one-day cricket. They will be replace the West Indies, who finished in ninth place.
The Bangladeshis got the attention of the international cricket community in the World Cup when they beat England by 15 runs. Following positive showings against the likes of South Africa, Pakistan, and India, they reached seventh place on the one-day international rankings in August.
The tournament is considered the next most important cricket tournament after the World Cup. Heavyweights Australia, India and South Africa are in the tournament alongside New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and England.
The tournament will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board, starting in June 2017.
The West Indies squad is already in some turmoil following the suspension of coach Phil Simmons for the Sri Lanka tour next month. Their exclusion from the Champions Trophy will not improve the mood among the players. – Sam Pasfield and Joseph Walz
Rank Team Points
1 Australia 127
2 India 115
3 South Africa 110
4 New Zealand 109
5 Sri Lanka 103
6 England 100
7 Bangladesh 96
8 Pakistan 90
Top photo of the Bangladesh team winning the series against India is from Bangladesh Cricket: The Tigers Official Facebook Page.