Ambassadors of Champions Trophy

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday, named eight ambassadors for the Champions Trophy. The tournament, scheduled to be held in England from June 1 to 18, will see the top teams fighting it out for the coveted title. But even before the players get into the groove, Sportstar takes a look at the eight ambassadors and their performances in the tournament. Photo: AFP
The Sri Lankan legend played 22 matches in the tournament from 2002-2013. With total runs going up to 683, the wicketkeeper-batsman slammed an unbeaten 134—his highest—against England in 2013. While his batting records were impressive, Sangakkara also had 28 catches in his kitty, along with five stumpings. Matches: 22 Runs: 683 Highest: 134 not out (v England in 2013) Catches: 28 Stumpings: 5 Photo: AFP
The Australian batsman played in two editions of the tournament in 2006 and 2009. In the 10 matches, he piled up 228 runs, with a highest score of 67 against India in 2009. Apart from some brave knocks, he also took five catches in the tournament. Matches: 10 Runs: 228 Highest: 67 (v India in 2009) Catches: 5 Photo: AFP
The Indian spin ace represented India in the four editions of the tournament in between 2002-2009. In 13 matches, he has scalped 14 wickets, with best figures of 3-27 against Sri Lanka in 2002. He also took six catches. Matches: 13 Wickets: 14 Catches: 6 Best: 3-27 (v Sri Lanka in 2002) Photo: Reuters
The Pakistan all-rounder played in the Champions Trophy from 1998 to 2009. In the 13 matches, he picked up 167 runs, with a highest score of 55 not out against the Netherlands in 2002. He also has a five-wicket haul against Kenya in 2004. Matches: 13 Runs: 167 Highest: 55 not out (vs The Netherlands in 2002) Wickets: 14 Best: 5-11 (vs Kenya in 2004) Photo: V. V. Krishnan
Out of the lot, the former Bangladesh skipper appears to have had forgettable outings in the tournament. In the five matches that he played over three seasons (including qualifiers), Habibul Bashar scored 48 runs. The highest score was 30. Perhaps, Bashar was chosen because of his contribution to the game. Matches: 5 Runs: 48 Highest: 30 (vs Zimbabwe in 2006) Photo: AFP
The England cricketer had rather momentous outing in the Champions Trophy. Playing in eight matches over four seasons, he scored 251 runs, with a highest score of 91 against Australia in 2013. Matches: 8 Runs: 251 Highest: 91 (v Australia in 2013) Photo: AP
The pace ace from New Zealand played 10 matches over four seasons, and picked up 17 wickets. The best figures were 4-21 against Bangladesh in 2002. Matches: 10 Wickets: 17 Best: 4-21 (v Bangladesh in 2002) Photo: Reuters
The former South Africa captain 12 matches in the Champions Trophy over four seasons. With a highest score of 141 against England in 2009, Smith scored a total run of 470, with a batting average of 42.72. He also scalped two wickets, and eight catches. Matches: 12 Runs: 470 Highest: 141 (v England in 2009) Wickets: 2 Catches: 8 Photo: AP