Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara has taken his bet the hosts England as the possible champions of the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Lara on Friday claimed that the Three Lions will will go all the way and lift the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on home soil.
“I think in these conditions, England will be my firm favourites. After losing out to the West Indies in the World T20, you look at the team now and they have some exciting players.”
“England, in the past, would have maybe an Ian Botham or a (Andrew) Flintoff, but now you can look at the entire team and it’s very one-day cricket oriented.
“Today, you look at the England team and you’ve got players playing in the IPL, and players who are astonishing with both the bat and ball.”
England will start their campaign by taking on Bangladesh on June 1 in the tournament opener. In the previous edition of CT which was also held in England, the hosts went all the way to final only to lose by 5 runs to India in the title decider.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com