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Chris Adams, who was sacked as
Surrey's team director last week, believes
he has left the club in a position to
become the leading county side despite
their current position towards the foot of
Division One in the County
Adams, and his assistant Ian Salisbury,
were shown the door after Surrey had
failed to register a win in their first eight
Championship matches and had endured
a poor start to their YB40 campaign.
He reflected on his four-and-a-half
years in the role, which he took on
straight from finishing his playing career
with Sussex, and insisted he remained
proud of what he achieved.
"Their desire is to be the No 1 county,
competitive across the board, supplying
international cricketers and young
cricketers. I believe I leave it in a position
to do that and I'm proud of my
achievements," he told Sky Sports News.
"I'm very sad I won't be part of it. But the
board felt that the performances of the
team this year are not what they were
looking for. I can't influence that now and
have to move on."
Adams pinpointed the loss of Graeme
Smith, who had joined on a three-year
deal to captain the side, after just three
games this season with an ankle injury
as a key setback to the early stages of
Chris Adams proud of Surrey career
LONDON---Captain Alastair Cook is
hoping to end England s 38-year title
drought in 50-over world competitions
by upsetting unbeaten India in the Cham-
pions Trophy final at Edgbaston in Birm-
The opening batsman is trying to deliver
the country s first 50-over trophy after
four previous failures in finals. Since 1975,
England has endured 16 failed campaigns
in World Cup and Champions Trophy
"I can see no reason why we can t do
it tomorrow," Cook said yesterday.
The Ashes are looming into view but
Cook views a long overdue victory at a
world tournament as a pressing priority,
saying "I can see no reason why we can t
do it tomorrow."
England will hope that they can con-
tinue their run of dominant wins, espe-
cially after its surprisingly comfortable
seven-wicket victory over South Africa
in the semifinals.
The Indians, however, are regarded as
the clear favourites due to their impressive
run in the Champions Trophy. They will
be hoping for a continuation of the prolific
form by Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Shar-
ma near the top of the order.
Dhawan, in particular, has been among
the tournament s best players, scoring 332
runs so far, 110 more than next best. First-
wicket partner Rohit Sharma has been on
top form himself, the pair together com-
bining for an aggregate of 200 runs more
than English counterparts Alastair Cook
and Ian Bell.
The two Indian openers have put
together exactly 500 runs between them
in the four successive victories that have
taken India to the final.
However, India captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni is wary of the new-ball threat of
James Anderson, especially in his home
conditions. His side has struggled con-
sistently against England s premier fast
bowler in the past, notably in the test
whitewash in England two years ago.
Since then, India have had a string of
victories against England, most recently
at the start of the year.
"Our top order have done well and
played some of the best bowlers in world
cricket so far in the tournament," Dhoni
said. "So I think they are quite well-pre-
pared for the English bowlers."
England's captain Alastair Cook, right, and India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni pose with the trophy ahead of today's ICC
Championship Final at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England, yesterday. AP PHOTO
The 2013 Champions Trophy has been deemed such
a success that it appears highly likely that the competition
will be repeated.
The ICC had originally decided to replace the compe-
tition with a Test Championship and the 2013 tournament
would be the last one. But after excellent crowds and
interest from around the world, the ICC are reconsidering
that decision and will discuss their options at their annual
conference, from June 25-29 in London.
The ICC remain keen to promote Test cricket and feel
a Test Championship would complement the World T20
and the World Cup and ensure there was a high-profile
competition for each of the three formats of the game.
While continuing the Champions Trophy would mean
there were two global 50-over events, it is now thought
there is sufficient difference between the Champions Tro-
phy and the World Cup and sufficient interest from broad-
casters for both to survive.
The Test Championship is pencilled into the Future
Tours Programme (FTP) for a three-week window in June
2017 in the UK. But the concept in its present guise is
compromised by the fact that it would involve just four
teams---the top four teams in the Test rankings---and would
feature only three games: two semifinals and a final. As
such, it would be of less relevance and interest to those
nations not participating and may be less attractive to
broadcasters. There is little scope in the FTP for a longer
event or a change in venue.
The ICC privately acknowledges that, even if the event
was held successfully in 2017, there is a concern over its
sustainability. Among their issues is the possibility that
one of the key nations in terms of broadcast revenues,
most obviously India, might not always be ranked among
the top four Test nations, while there is also a concern
that, outside the UK, games between neutral countries
may not be well supported. The ICC is keen to avoid a
situation where its flagship Test event is played in near-
While the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy is threat-
ened by poor weather, 12 of the 15 games will have had
sell-out crowds (defined as a minimum 95 per cent of
the ground capacity) with the multicultural population
of the UK helping guarantee enthusiastic audiences at
most games. Sensible ticket pricing has also played a part.
The Champions Trophy has, for much of its existence,
been unloved. But the short, sharp format involving only
the top eight sides playing for only 18 days in which nearly
every game has a consequence has captured the imagination
of the cricket-watching public. By contrast, the 2011 World
Cup lasted six weeks and featured some tediously one-
There is a chance that the 2013 trophy may have to be
shared as rain threatens to intervene in the final. Such is
the frenetic international schedule it was deemed impossible
to allocate reserve days. England and New Zealand, for
example, play a T20 on Tuesday, just two days after the
Champions Trophy final, while Australia begin their Ashes
preparations in earnest on Wednesday when they start
a four-day match against Somerset.
Cook confident England
can upset India in final
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