India To Face South Africa In ICC World Cup 2019 Opener

| April 24 , 2018 , 18:27 IST

The ICC World Cup 2019 will be hosted by England and Wales. At the ICC meeting in Kolkata, the draw schedule was made and fixtures announced. At the meeting, it was announced that India would play their opening game against South Africa on June 4.

The tournament will begin on May 30 and go on until July 14. The complete schedule is expected to be released by April 30.

India who were initially scheduled to play on June 2 will now play two days later on June 4. This extension was given following the Lodha Committee recommendations which require a 15-day gap between IPL and an international assignment.

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“The 2019 IPL will be played between March 29 and May 19. But we need to maintain a 15-day gap and World Cup starts on May 30. Therefore as per 15 days gap, we could have only played on June 4. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on June 2 but we couldn’t have played on that day,” a senior BCCI official present told the media.

 “South Africa are our first opponents. The CEC agreed and the matter has been referred to the ICC board,” he further added.