What do the horoscopes read for the teams competing in the Champions Trophy for this one month?
Bangladesh (March 31)
The team will be optimistic about its chances as posi tive energy will radiate Aries among the players. They will take one step at a time and find that each step is taking them closer to their goal. So, an upset or two could be in the offing.
This is a good month for Bangladesh to follow instinct and put aside the defeats. If Bangladesh manage to show a little creativity on the field and stick to their strengths, we could see some interesting results.
Sri Lanka (June 7) and Zimbabwe (June 9)
The teams will need to put Gemini in spirited effort. If they do manage to do so, they will reap rewards. The pace and the pressures of the month could affect their physical and mental fitness. The teams will also need to look out for ego clashes.
Players will have to work extra hard to overcome difficulties in a demanding month. There will also be complications, some of which may be beyond their control.
India (July 13)
Confidence and courage will not be lacking in the team but over-enthusiasm Cancer could prove to be a prob lem. Luck also seems to be with the Men in Blue. Positive energy will flow. The month will see the team make rapid progress, which means it could reach the final.
The temperament of the team will improve and help them overcome niggling problems that they have faced in recent times. Misunderstandings of the recent past will resolve themselves and India will be successful in putting up a good show at home.
West Indies (September 5)
The team is ambitious and this time period presents possibilities. If the Windies Virgo play their cards right and do not let negative emotions seep through, they might be successful. For a change, we will get to see a harmonious West Indian side.
Some of the senior players are likely to lead the way with their performances. They will be the ones who pounce on the chances that are presented to the team.
South Africa (November 10)
This is a good month for the team, but it will have to ensure a healthy dressing Scorpio room atmosphere. Whatever problems there are could easily be solved with a little persuasion from the senior players and patience.
The team will be fresh and creative on the field and should sail through to the latter stage. They will, though, need to focus on strategy to come out of situations that might seem almost impossible to get out of, at first.
Australia (5th January) and England
Entertainment is what the two teams will bring to the Capricorn Champions Trophy this year. Ricky Ponting and Andrew Flintoff will have the cushion of team support. There may be cause to worry on the health front, which means that both teams will have to be careful of the October mercury in India. Some good ol' R&R should solve these problems.
New Zealand (11th February) and Pakistan
The focus this month for both the teams is on rela Aquarius tionships — personal and professional. And if the brouhaha over Mohammad Yousuf's ascendency to the captaincy is any indication, he will be walking the tightrope in trying to keep his team together.
New Zealand have no such problem except trying to shed their underdog tag. Caution is the best approach for both the teams this month. The positive news is that the stars favour teamwork and partnership, something Pakistan and 2000 winners New Zealand will need in plenty.