Team Indian will play its first match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup against South Africa on June 5. Earlier, this was to be on January 2, however the schedule had to be tweaked since the BCCI has to maintain a mandatory 15-day gap between IPL final and international assignment. This is keeping in mind the Lodha Committee recommendation.
Speaking about India-Pakistan clashes, India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup match. They played each other in every tournament from 1992 to 2003, with India winning each of them. The 2007 clash failed to take place as India were shocked by Bangladesh and Ireland stunned Pakistan. India-Pakistan also faced each other in the 2011 World Cup, with Sachin Tendulkar playing a match-winning innings.
Indo-Pak contests are often the starting event in marquee ICC tournaments, including World Cups and Champions Trophies. “This is the first time an Indo-Pak match won’t be a starting affair. Since the format will be a round robin affair” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The 2019 World Cup will be played from May 30 to July 14, 2019, and will feature 48 games, with 10 teams taking part. The matches will be played at 12 venues across England and Wales. Each team will play the nine others in a round-robin format, after which the top four will progress to the semi-finals. This is similar to the 1992 World Cup, one of the most memorable World Cups.
England last hosted the World Cup in 1999. They had earlier played host to the first three World Cups from 1975 to 1983.