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  • The ICC Champions Trophy is a One Day International cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council, second in importance only to the Cricket World Cup. It was inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out Tournament in 1998 and has been played approximately every two years since, its name was changed to the Champions Trophy in 2002. The number of teams competing has varied over the years; originally all the ICC's full members took part, and from 2000 to 2004 associate members were also involved. Since 2009, the tournament has only involved the eight highest-ranked ODI teams as of six months prior to the tournament. Despite positive responses to the 2013 tournament and earlier press speculation, the ICC confirmed that the 2013 Champions Trophy was to be the last, with its place in the cricketing calendar taken by a new ICC World Test Championship. However in January 2014, it was confirmed by the ICC that a Champions Trophy tournament will take place in 2017 and the proposed World Test Championship has been cancelled.