Marquee Cup tie likely on June 16

Dean Simpson
April 26, 2018

So, to keep a 15-day gap after the IPL, India's opening match in the World Cup is all set to be pushed back.

He also said the ICC management has made a decision to study the kind of concession the government in the United Kingdom offers to European soccer's governing body UEFA for hosting events such as the Champions League final and "see if a parallel can be drawn". The IPL Season 12 to be held from March 29 to May 19, right before the ICC World Cup starts off in England and Wales.

India are scheduled to begin the ICC World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa on June 5 while they will face arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford. It will be a repeat of the 1999 World Cup Super Six match, in which India had emerged winners by 47 runs with Venkatesh Prasad claiming the Man of the Match award after taking five wickets. England, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have no night time activity.

But it would involve huge cost in converting the football pitch to a cricket outfield as well as the instillation of drop in pitches in England for the first time. "Since the format will be a round robin affair (all teams playing each other like 1992)", the official added. With 2019 edition being a 10-team World Cup and considering the fact that only 8 teams play Champions Trophy, the T20 format stands to benefit Associate members. Each team will play 9 matches and the top 4 teams from the group will further qualify for the knockout stage. This means a total of 45 matches will be played with each team playing a total of nine matches.

"The matter is not closed, please understand", Chaudhary told reporters on the sidelines of the quarterly ICC meetings in Kolkata.

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