Dhaka: The South Asian nations have dominated in the eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy as three nations -- Bangladesh, India and Pakistan -- of this subcontinent stayed in the last four race which has never happened before in this ICC event.
It has turned out in the 8th edition of this tournament as Bangladesh confirmed their maiden semifinals berth to join with India, Pakistan and the host England.
Among south-east Asian nations, both India and Sri Lanka qualified for semifinals in 1998, 2002 and 2013; India and Pakistan in 2000; Pakistan was the only team qualified in 2004 and 2009 while no nations of this subcontinent could qualified the semifinals in 2006 edition.
In this edition, Pakistan was the last team which eliminated Sri Lanka by 3 wickets on June 12 to place Group B runners-up and will play the 1st semifinal against Group A champions England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Group A runners-up Bangladesh will face defending champions and Group B toppers India in the 2nd semifinal at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Thursday.
Both the semifinals will begin at 3:30pm (Bangladesh time).
Bangladesh through to last four, for the first time in any ICC event, after Australia's departure from the race conceding a 40-run defeat in DL match against England the side maintained all-win record to collect six points from three outings.
On their way to semifinals berth, Bangladesh collected three points from three games. India aggregated four points from three games and finished ahead of Pakistan by virtue of more run rate, recording identical two wins and one loss to collect four points each.
New Zealand and Australia made their early exits from this event securing 3rd and 4th places respectively in the Group A table while South Africa and Sri Lanka suffered the same fate as Group B teams.
Roll of Honour of the ICC CT: South Africa (1998), New Zealand (2000), India- Sri Lanka (Joint champions in 2002), West Indies (2004), Australia (2006 and 2009) and India (2013).
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Sunzamul Islam, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed.
India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Umesh Yadav.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Steven Finn.
Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Rumman Raees.
South Asian nations dominate in 8th Champions Trophy