India to open campaign versus South Africa on June 5
Apr 26 2018
Recently, Grant Bradburn, current head coach of the Scotland national team, pleaded with the ICC to help facilitate continuous development of the associate nations after the World Cup Qualifiers presented a good picture of these teams' abilities to compete at a high level. Therefore as per 15 day gap we could have only played on June 5.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss at its board meeting here about how to address the issue of accommodating more associate teams in future World Cups, an official said on Sunday.
The clash against Pakistan will take place on June 16 in Manchester. The top four teams from the group will then progress to the knockout stage.
There were a few other changes made to Team India's upcoming cycle: "As we had decided, India will play a maximum 309 days of global cricket in this cycle across formats, a reduction of 92 days from the earlier cycle".
"This is the first time Indo-Pak match won't be a starting affair".
India, who won the World Cup in 2011 and reached the semi-finals in 2015, will be the hot-favourites for the title.
The quadrennial event (World Cup) of fifty-over format will be hosted by the UK.
The final fixture of the tournament is expected to be announced after the completion of ICC meeting in Kolkata. Cut to 10 teams from 14, the World Cup this year will be in round-robin format where every team which play each other.
Asked about England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) outgoing chairman Giles Clarke expressing his interest in the chairman's post held by former BCCI president Shashank Manohar, the official said it is likely that the latter would continue at the helm of affairs.
"As we had decided, India will play a maximum 309 days of global cricket in this cycle across formats, a reduction of 92 days from the earlier cycle. However, the number of home Tests will increase from 15 to 19".