Old Trafford to host six World Cup Games including India V Pakistan

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By the time India play their first match of the tournament - against South Africa on June 5, in Southampton - some of the other teams will already have played two matches.

In the wake of the ball tampering incident by Australian cricketers against South Africa, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Dave Richardson has called for "stricter and heavier sanction" for any such act as well as showing lack of respect for the game.

In a repeat of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, India will take on traditional rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on 16 June, while they will return to Southampton to play Afghanistan on 22 June.

Meanwhile, India will start their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 instead of June 2 as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has to maintain a 15-day gap between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and an worldwide fixture as per Lodha Panel recommendations.

South Africa's other matches in the tournament are at The Oval (against Bangladesh, 2 June), Hampshire Bowl (against India, 5 June; and against the Windies, 10 June), Cardiff Wales Stadium (against Afghanistan, 15 June) and The Riverside (against Sri Lanka, 28 June).

"One of the most significant decisions taken was to grant T20 worldwide status to all matches played bilaterally by all our members ranked 1 to 104".

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ICC Members have signed off a new Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2019-2023 that incorporates the introduction of a World Test Championship and an additional ICC World T20 event in place of the Champions Trophy in 2021.

"We have a proud history of staging thrilling worldwide matches played by the world's best players in Cardiff and with these four fixtures we're certain crowds will once again be entertained by fantastic cricket".

De Villiers was the captain of the team then as they lost in the final over against New Zealand in the semi-final. We all have a responsibility to the game and its fans and the strength of feeling around the board table today means we have a unique opportunity to improve the behaviour and culture across cricket.

There had been speculation the London Stadium, which has a capacity of some 60,000 - more than double that of Lord's and almost three times that of The Oval, London's other established worldwide cricket ground, could be used during the World Cup.

England could not advance beyond the group stage of the 2015 edition but have since grown into a formidable ODI outfit, rekindling hopes of breaking their World Cup duck on home soil.

The tournament reverts to the 1992 format with all 10 teams playing each other in a league with the top four going on to the semifinals. "Our ambition is to grow the game and deliver the greatest ever cricket celebration.", he added.

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