· Schedule of pre-tournament media conferences and mixed zones also announced
· Important information on Online Media Zone and media accreditation below
The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June carries a total prize money of $4.5 million with the winner of the eight-team tournament taking home a cheque of $2.2 million, the International Cricket Council announced today.
The eighth edition of the tournament sees an increase of $500,000 in prize money from the 2013 edition, which too was played at the three venues being used this time - Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval.
The runner-up of the tournament will get a cheque of $1.1 million, while the other two semifinalists will earn $450,000 each. Teams finishing third in each group will take home $90,000 each, while the teams finishing last in each group will get $60,000 each.
Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of media conferences that will take place in the lead up to the tournament.
Two-time former champions Australia will get the ball rolling when Steve Smith will hold his presser inside the Lord’s Museum on Wednesday, 24 May, at 12h30.
On the following day, also in London but at The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper's Row), defending champion India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand captains will hold their media conferences at 13h00, 13h45 and 15h00 respectively. Prior to the three pressers but at the same location at 11h30, Chairman of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, will address the media.
Pakistan and Bangladesh captains will hold their pre-tournament media conferences at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday, 26 May, at 13h00 and 14h00 respectively.
The ICC has also confirmed the schedule of mixed zone activities post the warm-up matches.
Each team, except England and South Africa, which will be busy in their bilateral series, will attend mixed zone in which they are expected to put up, at least, four players each who will only take questions that are related to the tournament. The same format will be repeated during the tournament proper.
At Edgbaston, the mixed zone will take place in concourse, between Gates E2 and E3, while at The Oval, the mixed zone will take place on concourse between the player entrance and venue exit gates.
Although NRH camera operators are not allowed inside the venue on match days, the ICC will make an exception for pre-event mixed zone only so that the TV news channels can cover the mixed zone. The TV camera operators are advised to assemble outside Gate E3 at Edgbaston and outside Alec Stewart Gate at The Oval 30 minutes before the end of the matches so that they can be escorted to the mixed zone area.
The following is the schedule of pre-tournament pressers:
24 May – Australia captain Steve Smith’s presser inside Lord’s Museum, 12h30
25 May – Chairman ICC’s ACU Sir Ronnie Flanagan’s presser at Crown Suite, The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper's Row), 11h30
25 May – India captain Virat Kohli’s presser at Crown Suite, The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper's Row), 13h00
25 May – Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews’ presser at Crown Suite, The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper's Row), 13h45
25 May – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson’s presser at Crown Suite, The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper's Row), 15h00
31 May – England captain Eoin Morgan’s presser at The Oval (before training)
2 June – South Africa captain AB de Villiers’ presser at The Oval (around 13h30, before training)
26 May – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s presser at Edgbaston, 13h30
26 May – Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s presser at Edgbaston, 14h00
The following is the teams’ mixed zone schedule:
29 May – Australia and Pakistan, post their match
30 May – Sri Lanka, post its match against New Zealand
28 May – New Zealand, post its match against India
30 May – Bangladesh & India, post their match