The league matches of ICC World Cup 2023 have finally concluded with many twists and turns. It was the most challenging part for every team to secure the top 4 positions to qualify for the semis. Surprisingly, England and Bangladesh enter the Champions Trophy 2025, in a tricky situation and under difficult requirements.
The defending champions were unfortunate to qualify for the semi-finals after being eliminated in the early stages of this tournament. However, England managed to confirm their place in the upcoming tournament after a massive win against Pakistan.
However, Pakistan hosting the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 was already qualified in advance. Pakistan would be overjoyed to be a part of the upcoming tournament. The hosts for the upcoming tournament will be aiming to make a strong comeback.
Importantly, teams will have higher chances of qualifying for the upcoming tournaments based on their current performance in CWC 2023 league matches.
India was the first unbeaten team that not only qualified for the semi-finals of CWC 2023 but also for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. The other performing teams of the tournament such as South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand lock their position for the upcoming contest.
The ICC Champions Trophy 2025 finally marks Afghanistan’s debut. Afghanistan was able to achieve this happiest moment after winning the crucial matches against South Africa, England, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in this tournament.
Afghanistan concluded with the 6th position in the points table in CWC 2023 with 10 points and a -0.336 net-run rate. Afghanistan’s position posed a threat to England and Bangladesh to finalize their position for the Champions Trophy 2025.
How did England and Bangladesh enter the Champions Trophy 2025? Unexpected Twists and Turns of World Cup 2023
At a certain stage of the World Cup 2023 tournament, it seemed impossible for England and Bangladesh to enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.
Here are the interesting facts about the qualification process of both teams for the Champions Trophy 2025. This includes knocking out Sri Lanka and the Netherlands under risky circumstances:
This could have been the worst World Cup for the defending champions. England endured encountering the most insulting situations if they hadn’t succeeded in their last 2 matches of this tournament.
England’s victory in the completing 2 matches of the league stages, prevented severe consequences as listed below:
- Elimination from Champions Trophy 2025
- Concluding at the bottom position in the points table of CWC 2023
- Higher chances for Sri Lanka and Netherlands to qualify for Champions Trophy 2025.
However, securing victories in back-to-back matches against Netherlands and Pakistan guaranteed a secure spot for the upcoming tournament.
England’s massive win by 160 runs against the Netherlands and 93 runs against Afghanistan enhanced their net-run rate. As a result, England finished with the 7th position on the points table with 6 points and -0.572 net-run-rate.
Additionally, England crashed the hopes of Sri Lanka for qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025. Moreover, when England won the toss, they completely destroyed Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the semis of CWC 2023 by batting first.
England’s entry into the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 has jeopardized Bangladesh and the Netherlands’ positions.
The Netherlands crushing defeat of 160 runs against India, helped Bangladesh enter the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.
Despite, winning the crucial matches against South Africa and Bangladesh, the Netherlands found themselves in the 10th position of the points table.
Similarly, Bangladesh and the Netherlands were uncertain about the qualification for the grand tournament with only 4 points in CWC 2023.
However, Bangladesh with a better run rate managed to finish with the 8th position on the points table of the CWC 2023 tournament.
The only choice for the Dutch to eliminate Bangladesh was by winning the last match of the CWC 2023 tournament.
Netherlands with the last position on the points table, required a match to win to reach the 8th position of the points table.
Unfortunately, the Netherlands needed to win a match against India, which was highly impossible for the Dutch to defeat the unbeaten side.
Moreover, the Netherlands had an extra opportunity to prevent Bangladesh from entering the Champions Trophy 2025. Each team would be granted a point if the match between Netherlands and India was washed out due to heavy rains.
Luckily, a complete 50-over match was played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru,
As a result, the Netherlands’ defeat with a huge margin, paved the way for Bangladesh’s entry into the grand contest.
Finally, England and Bangladesh enter the Champions Trophy 2025. Sri Lanka and the Netherlands’ poor performance made them trapped under tricky conditions for the qualification process.
England and Bangladesh enter the Champions Trophy 2025: List of Teams participating in the upcoming grand tournament
According to the rules and regulations of the ICC, teams that fail to qualify for the World Cup 2023, are ineligible to participate in the upcoming tournament.
Regrettably, Core teams such as West Indies, Ireland, and Zimbabwe fall under this category by missing out on the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.
Finally, these teams qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy 2025 based on their position and performance in World Cup 2023:
- South Africa
- New Zealand