It's a fashionable cliché to say about any competition that it is an open tournament. But then this is so true of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Any one of half a dozen teams has a chance of lifting the trophy on October 5 with only a second string West Indian team and an England side reeling under successive setbacks ranked as outsiders.
A full strength Caribbean outfit would still have had their chances, particularly, keeping in mind their surprise triumph in the fourth edition of the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2004. This time, however, in the intense competition that the tournament is bound to see Floyd Reiffer's squad can safely be rated as no-hopers.
Much the same can be said about England, the only one among the participating teams not to have a major title. Moreover, the 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Australia could have done their morale no good and it is clear that they don't have the personnel to go on and win the ICC Champions Trophy.
Still,Read More »from Pakistan are not short on motivation