India to face Pakistan on June 16

India to face Pakistan on June 16

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) plans to study the tax exemptions given by the United Kingdom government to Uefa for Champions League football matches in order to prepare a roadmap for future tournaments.

India, the 1983 and 2011 world champions who also won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England and Wales, will play their first match on June 5 against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. "In the first alliteration of the league they are not playing each other in Test matches".

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: "It is a great honour to have Bristol's own County Ground hosting next year's Cricket World Cup".

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has set his eyes on the best bowler award in Cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be held in England and Wales next summer.

In a further boost to the T20 game, the ICC has also made a decision to give "international status" to all 20-over matches between the world body's 100-plus member nations.

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Fixtures for the 10-team, 50-over showpiece, which like the 1992 tournament will feature an all-plays-all group stage leading into semi-finals and the final, are yet to be announced and still need sign-off by the International Cricket Council board.

India play arch rivals Pakistan Pakistan in a mouth-watering encounter on June 16 in Manchester. We know from previous ICC events that every country will be proudly supported at each of the venues creating an exceptional atmosphere and a real celebration of the game,"he said".

It seems that the World Cup has moved down on the bucket list of AB de Villiers, after the South African batsman said that winning the coveted trophy is not his ultimate dream anymore.

Incidentally, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) is reluctant on cricket's inclusion in the quadrennial showpiece event for the apparent reason that it will have to go under the aegis of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which mean loss of its autonomy. We want cricket committee to review current penalties & come to us with recommendations. We are committed to growing the game and T20 is the vehicle through which we'll do this and removing restrictions and having all Members ranked is a positive step forward.

The official said the ICC's decision to engage more nations in global cricketing events through the T20 format would help them move an application to the International Olympic Committee for the right to participate in the Olympics. "The biggest eye-opener for people in cricket was the reaction to the recent incidents in the series between South Africa and Australia". "All revenue is invested back in the game to grow cricket", Mr Elworthy added.

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