Old Trafford to host India-Pakistan World Cup clash

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The tournament reverts to the 1992 format with all 10 teams playing each other in a league with the top four going on to the semifinals. At the mega event, Virat Kohli and Co will be up against South Africa on June 5 in the opening encounter, while the highly-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan will take place on June 16 at Old Trafford.

India will kick off their campaign in the 2019 World Cup by taking on South Africa in their inaugural game in Southampton on June 5.

In a bid to maintain the Lodha Committee recommendation, which says a mandatory 15-day gap is required between the Indian Premier League (IPL) final and any worldwide match, the South Africa game was postponed by three days from June 2 to June 5. Presently, Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the tournament, The final match of the IPL 2018 will be held on March 27 in Mumbai. In all, the tournament comprises 48 matches to be played across 46 days. This is the result of a request from the BCCI, who wanted India's first match pushed back to comply with the Lodha Committee's recommendation that there needed to be a 15-day window between the IPL and India's participation in any worldwide series or tournament.

The Olympic Stadium looks set to miss out on hosting matches at next year's World Cup. Next year's IPL is scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 19.

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The matter was discussed during the ICC chief executives meeting here Tuesday. The ICC Board, which meets on Thursday, is yet to ratify the CEC's decisions.

They face hosts England at Cardiff, where the Tigers had defeated Australia and New Zealand.

South African cricketer AB de Villiers has revealed that winning the World Cup is not his main target after coming so close to securing the trophy in 2015, according to a report on Cricket365.

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