India to open 2019 World Cup campaign against South Africa

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India to open 2019 World Cup campaign against South Africa

India will open their 2019 World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 4 instead of June 2. India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup.

In recent times, arch-rivals India and Pakistan have played each other in their respective opening encounter at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and the 2017 Champions Trophy in the UK. "Even if one considers that Pakistan will show their solidarity for his (Clarke) role in getting worldwide teams to play in their country, it will be hard to get a second vote", a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

The issue will be discussed in the ICC board meeting on April 25 and 26.

According to the letter, BCCI and PCB agree that the senior men's cricket teams of India and Pakistan will play each other but the letter will have "no effect" if the resolutions are not passed at the ICC Annual Conference in June 2014.

"South Africa are our first opponents".

The round-robin format (involving nine teams) was used last in 1992, when World Cup was played for the first time in coloured clothing. The top four teams from the group will then progress to the knockout stage. The complete schedule of the tournament will be announced on the 30th of this month.

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.

The match holds importance for other reasons as the two nations aren't playing any bilateral cricket outside the ICC tournaments due to political tensions.

"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".

It was also decided that India won't take part in any Day/Night Test match, which was expected against the West Indies later this year. "All these Tests will be part of the World Test Championship", he added.

"All matches in ICC World Test Championship are day matches played with red ball".

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