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Proteas to play hosts England in CWC opener
27 April 2018, 12:38 | Tracey Rhodes
Proteas to play hosts England in CWC opener
Old Trafford will host the 10-team tournament's most-anticipated match on June 16 between Asian arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
Tournament hosts England begin the World Cup against South Africa at The Oval on May 30.
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 global fixture.
If India tops or finish fourth in the 10-team table, it will play in the first semifinal at Old Trafford on July 9.
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ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said fines are not proving to be the answer and the cricket committee, headed by Anil Kumble, will review the current penalties and come forward with recommendations for it to be ratified at the ICC annual conference in Dublin from June 27-July 3.
India won three of those matches, while Pakistan upset India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
Looking ahead to next year's tournament, South Africa's all-rounder Chris Morris said: "World Cup is a massive thing to every sportsman, not just to a cricket player".
Irrespective of BCCI's stand on Champions Trophy, the future of the format is not clear. All the ten teams will face each other once, with the top-four sides making it to the knockouts.
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They will play Afghanistan under lights at Taunt on next up with their other two night matches against the West Indies in Manchester on June 22 and against Australia at Lord's in their penultimate, and potentially crucial match on June 29. In total, there will be 48 matches played across 46 days.
The collapse of bilateral cricket between the bitter South Asian neighbours means their fans can only watch them in ICC events.
Sky Sports' Mark Butcher subscribes to the theory that Morgan and England have a good chance to win the World Cup for the first time.
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.
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The last time the World Cup was played this way, with each side playing the other in a round-robin format, was in 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. "Our ambition is to grow the game and deliver the greatest ever cricket celebration.", he added.
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