India To Face Pakistan On June 16 In Manchester

Mithali was in Kolkata as a ‘special invitee’ as the ICC’s quarterly meeting began with discussions on women’s cricket

India will meet South Africa in its 2019 cricket World Cup opening match on June 5 in order to comply with the Lodha Committee recommendation of maintaining a 15-day gap between the Indian Premier League (IPL) and an global event.

Kolkata: For a change India will not face Pakistan in their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup opener as has been the case in many marquee events.

After India opened their 2015 World Cup and 2017 Champions Trophy campaigns against India, it is the first time India will begin against another country.

The 2019 50-over World Cup in scheduled to take place in England and Wales, with 10 teams participating in it.

Ever since Sethi and the board's chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed, were granted Indian visas for the International Cricket Council meeting in Kolkata; speculations were rife that the PCB chief could meet some of the top union ministers and a few ministry officials in New Delhi to get a clearer idea on the future of Indo-Pak cricketing relations.

Following the tweak in the schedule, India and Pakistan will clash at Manchester, on June 16, the official said. Things got intense between two arch rival boards as both boards expressed their opinion on the India Pakistan cricket series. But we need to maintain a 15-day gap and World Cup starts, May 30. Therefore as per a 15-day gap, we could have only played on June 5.

"South Africa are our first opponents. The CEC agreed and the matter has been referred to the ICC board", the official added. However, in the upcoming edition, the two teams will not meet each other at the start of the tournament.

"India will play a maximum 309 days of worldwide cricket across all formats". "I had consulted the team management, the selectors, the office bearers of the BCCI and all were in agreement that one of the two Tests this season against the West Indies should be a Day-Night match", he said.

Another vital information that came out of that meeting was that India will not play any Day/Night Test match as of now as it's not a part of World Test Championship. "All these Tests will be part of the World Test Championship", he added.

Meanwhile at the women's committee meeting, India captain Mithali Raj was asked whether she had ever been approached by bookies for match fixing, to which the right-hander who led India to the final of the World Cup past year, said no. Mithali attended the meeting as a special invitee.

But then, what will be PCB's stand if Shashank Manohar, the present ICC chairman, is offered an extension? The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members, who recently met in Delhi, had made a decision to oppose his re-election but Manohar may have enough numbers if there is a situation of an election.

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