LAHORE - The ICC Champions Trophy 2009 will be launched in Johannesburg on Thursday, August 13, an ICC press release said Tuesday. The function will take place at the Roundhouse, Constitutional Hill, Sam Hancock Drive, Braamfontein. In attendance will be ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, ICC Champions Trophy 2009 Tournament Director Don McIntosh and Cricket South Africa President Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka, all of whom will be available to answer questions at a media conference that will take place after the official launch. The function will be jointly hosted by former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes and Supersport reporter Derek Alberts. Also present at the launch will be a number of current and former South Africa players as well as South African champions from other sports. For the first time the ICC CT will feature only the top eight-ranked sides in the world in the only global multi-team 50-over-a-side tournament between the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean and the next edition of that event, in the Asian sub-continent in two years' time. Those teams - Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, host South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - have been divided into two pools of four, with the top two from each pool progressing to the semi-finals stage. The action begins on Tuesday 22 September with South Africa taking on Sri Lanka in a day-night encounter at Centurion (the location for the women's world cup final of 2005) and it will end with a day-night final at the same venue on Monday 5 October. Holder Australia begins the defence of its ICC CT crown against the West Indies at the Wanderers on Saturday 26 September in a repeat of the 2006 final.