Old Trafford to host Pak-India WC clash

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India and Pakistan last met in World Cup match back in 2015 where India emerged victorious.

The first match of the tournament will take place on May 30 at The Oval in London between hosts England and South Africa.

"There are some fantastic head to head fixtures - England v Australia at Lord's and India v Pakistan at Old Trafford as well as England v India at Edgbaston spring to mind".

The International Cricket Council released the full fixture schedule for its showpiece men's one-day international tournament on Wednesday.

This World Cup, which has been scaled back to the dismay of many nations outside the Test elite, is similar to the eight-team 2017 Champions Trophy one-day global tournament in England and Wales won by Pakistan.

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India will begin their campaign a week after the start of the ICC's pinnacle 50-over tournament following Lodha Commission's recommendation which requires a 15-day window between the last match of 2019 IPL and the national team's first worldwide fixture.

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The tournament will follow its 1992 format with all 10 teams playing each other in the round-robin league to determine the four teams who will advance to the semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. The top four teams from the group will then progress to the knockout stage.

Irrespective of BCCI's stand on Champions Trophy, the future of the format is not clear. "As organisers we can promise the teams and fans we will work hard to provide the flawless stage for this event", he said.

"We've got the spirit of cricket in the laws but we need to define it in the modern day and age", Richardson, a former South Africa player, said.

The ICC was criticised after it banned Australia skipper Steve Smith for only one Test over his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last month in which batsman Cameron Bancroft was caught trying to alter the ball.

"We haven't played there before, an element of unpredictability might have crept in with no previous record at the ground", he said.

Lord's will host a World Cup final for the fifth time.