Windies to open 2019 Cricket World Cup against Pakistan


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

New Zealand are tipped to play four of seven day-night internationals at next year's Cricket World Cup, more than any of the other nine competing nations.

It will be a 10-team tournament - with teams playing each other in a single-round of matches - as was the case in the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. IPL 2019 will have its final on May 19.

Defending champion Australia will open against qualifier Afghanistan on June 1 at County Ground Bristol.

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. The semi-finals and final are all day games.

The first semifinal will take place at Old Trafford on July 9 pitting the team placed first in the round-robin against the team placed fourth.

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Lords' first championship match will see Pakistan take on South Africa on Sunday 23rd June. India then face the hosts England on 30th June and Bangladesh on 2nd July.

The West Indies, who won the first two tournaments when they were staged in England in 1975 and 1979, will only visit Lord's if they reach the final as they have no matches scheduled in London.

Significantly, the Windies have not played a Test at the venue in 14 years.

ESPNcricinfo can reveal the full schedule of the 2019 World Cup.

"We know from previous ICC events that every country will be proudly supported at each of the venues creating an exceptional atmosphere and a real celebration of the game", said ICC chief executive David Richardson.

"Edgbaston as a stadium, and Birmingham as a city, have both experienced major redevelopment since the 1999 tournament and we are now one of the best equipped and most experienced destinations in the United Kingdom to host global sporting events".