The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed the schedule of the 2019 World Cup 2019 in England. The showpiece ODI tournament will begin May 30 with the hosts England taking on South Africa, and it will end with the final on July 14.
India, who won the World Cup in 1983 and 2011, will open their campaign on June 5 against South Africa at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. The two-time World Cup winners will renew their rivalry with Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16.
Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham will stage the two semifinals on July 9 and 11, while Lord’s will play host to a World Cup final for the fifth time. All these three matches will have reserve days.
Eleven venues will be used in the 46-day tournament in which each side will play the other once in a single-league format with the top four sides after 45 matches progressing to the semi-finals.
May 30: England v South Africa, The Kia Oval
May 31: West Indies v Pakistan, Trent Bridge
June 1: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 1: Afghanistan v Australia (day-nighter), The Brightside Ground, Bristol
June 2: South Africa v Bangladesh, The Kia Oval
June 3: England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge
June 4: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, SSE SWALEC
June 5: South Africa v India, The Ageas Bowl
June 5: Bangladesh v New Zealand (day-nighter), The Kia Oval
June 6: Australia v Windies, Trent Bridge
June 7: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, The Brightside Ground, Bristol
June 8: England v Bangladesh, SSE SWALEC
June 9: Afghanistan v New Zealand (day-nighter), County Ground, Taunton
June 9: India v Australia, The Kia Oval
June 10: South Africa v Windies, The Ageas Bowl
June 11: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, The Brightside Ground, Bristol
June 12: Australia v Pakistan, County Ground, Taunton
June 13: India v New Zealand, Trent Bridge
June 14: England v Windies, The Ageas Bowl
June 15: South Africa v Afghanistan (day-nighter), Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
June 15: Sri Lanka v Australia, The Kia Oval
June 16: India v Pakistan, Emirates Old Trafford
June 17: Windies v Bangladesh, County Ground, Taunton
June 18: England v Afghanistan, Emirates Old Trafford
June 19: New Zealand v South Africa, Edgbaston
June 20: Australia v Bangladesh, Trent Bridge
June 21: England v Sri Lanka, Emerald Headingley
June 22: India v Afghanistan, The Ageas Bowl
June 22: Windies v New Zealand (day-nighter), Emirates Old Trafford
June 23: Pakistan v South Africa, Lord’s
June 24: Bangladesh v Afghanistan, The Ageas Bowl
June 25: England v Australia, Lord’s
June 26: New Zealand v Pakistan, Edgbaston
June 27: Windies v India, Emirates Old Trafford
June 28: Sri Lanka v South Africa, Emirates Riverside
June 29: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Emerald Headingley
June 29: New Zealand v Australia (day-nighter), Lord’s
June 30: England v India, Edgbaston
July 1: Sri Lanka v Windies, Emirates Riverside
July 2: Bangladesh v India, Edgbaston
July 3: England v New Zealand, Emirates Riverside
July 4: Afghanistan v Windies, Emerald Headingley
July 5: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Lord’s
July 6: Sri Lanka v India, Emerald Headingley
July 6: Australia v South Africa (day-nighter), Emirates Old Trafford
July 9: Semi-final 1 – 1 v 4, Emirates Old Trafford
July 10: reserve day
July 11: Semi-final 2 – 2 v 3, Edgbaston
July 12: Reserve Day
July 14: Final, Lord’s
July 15: Reserve Day
Australia refuse to tour Pakistan for proposed ODI matches, cite safety concerns
Melbourne: Australia has turned down Pakistan Cricket Board’s request to play two One Day International (ODI) matches in the country, citing security concerns. The PCB had asked Cricket Australia to play two of the five ODIs, which are slated to be played in UAE, in Pakistan, but security concerns made Cricket Australia decide against the same.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, though the proposal has been rejected by the Australian cricket board, it has assured the PCB that they would be open to the idea in the future.
“We want to see international cricket return to Pakistan – the country has a huge passion for it,” said a CA spokesperson.
“However, the safety of our players and support staff is our number one priority and we won’t compromise that. We’ll continue to take advice from a range of government agencies and our own security intelligence and act on this accordingly.”
“At this stage, from an Australia team perspective, we are not contemplating moving our current bilateral-tour arrangements from taking on Pakistan in the UAE, when they host the next series but we do remain open to the idea of playing in the country again. We formally advised the PCB of this position in early January,” he added.
The PCB has in return, declined reports of Australia refusing to tour Pakistan, terming negotiations with Cricket Australia (CA) as currently ‘open and ongoing’.
Australia have not played an away series against Pakistan since 1998 which PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had attempted to address during the former’s recent Test series against the Asian side.
Mani attempted to convince CA chief executive Kevin Roberts to schedule an away series against Pakistan, urging them to follow the lead of Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe who had toured the nation since 2017.
Sri Lanka’s return was hailed as a major boost considering the deadly attack on their players in Lahore in 2009.
Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch and Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja have recently expressed a desire to tour Pakistan, in case the security concerns were addressed.
“Obviously, whatever Cricket Australia tells us, that’ll be the big thing. We’ll leave it to the administrators. They’re pretty good at taking care of us and making sure everything’s safe,” said Khawaja.
“I was born in Pakistan so it won’t be too different for me, but it’s still a while away,” he added.
Federer ponders over his ‘miraculous’ career after Murray’s early retirement prospect
London: As the tennis world continued to digest the prospect of Andy Murray`s retirement, an evergreen Roger Federer pondered the “luck” of his longevity on Sunday ahead of his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles.
Murray`s announcement that Melbourne Park could be his last tournament as a professional has made 37-year-old Federer`s career seem all the more miraculous.
Seeking a 21st Grand Slam title and a record seventh in Melbourne, the Swiss will plough into his 20th consecutive Australian Open on Monday with a first round clash against Uzbek Denis Istomin.
While suffering an assortment of niggles common to all hardened professionals, Federer`s only major layoff came in 2016, after he tore his meniscus when running a bath for his twin daughters.
It happened a day after losing the Australian Open semi-final to winner Novak Djokovic, but a year later, he was back raising a fifth trophy at the tournament.
While knowing the limits of his body and full of praise for his team for being able to patch him up repeatedly, Federer admitted that fortune had played a part in his longevity.
“I definitely needed a little bit of luck,” he told reporters at Melbourne Park.
“If you look at how unlucky things were with the incident here a few years ago when I ran the bath, I guess the knee, that part of the body was ready to go.
“Could have happened easily in the match against Novak, but it didn`t, maybe because I was warmed up. I have no idea what happened. I think you also need a little bit of luck.”
The 31-year-old Murray has been far less fortunate, with major hip surgery a year ago doing nothing to stop the pain that has driven the Scot to distraction and the brink of retirement.
Barcelona on lookout for striker after Munir sale: Coach Ernesto
London: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said that the club were looking to sign a centre forward in the January transfer window after selling Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla.
The league leaders want back-up for Luis Suarez after Sevilla agreed a one-million-euro ($1.15-million) deal to buy Spain international Munir on Friday, leaving the Uruguayan as the only No. 9 at the club, playing between Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele.
“We have to look at it, it`s clear that after Munir`s departure we have a space,” Valverde told reporters on Saturday.
“We`ll see if we can sign a player, although we have to take into account the club`s economic conditions. We will see if we can, if someone comes.”
Asked about Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, who has been linked to Barcelona in Spanish media reports, Valverde said: “I can only say the same thing — that he`s a great player, that he`s at another team, that we respect that a lot, etcetera.”
Barcelona are currently leading the La Liga with 40 points, with Atletico Madrid trailing them in second place with 35 points.