India, Pakistan, 2019 World Cup
Pakistan are yet to win a World Cup contest against India. Head-to-head, India have won all their 6 matches © AFP

India will open their 2019 World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5. They will face arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester. A senior BCCI official confirmed the same to PTI. The matter was discussed during the ICC Chief Executives Meeting.

The 2019 World Cup format will be similar to 1992 where all the teams will square off against each other. The 2019 World Cup will be held in the UK from May 30 to July 14 . India will start on June 5 as the BCCI will have to maintain a mandatory 15-day gap between the IPL final and international assignment as per the Lodha Committee recommendations.

ICC World Cup 2019: India to play their first match against South Africa
ICC World Cup 2019: India to play their first match against South Africa

“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 a 15-day gap, we could have only played on June 5. Earlier, we were scheduled to start on June 2 but we couldn’t have played on that day,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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

England last hosted a World Cup in 1999. Co-incidentally, India and Pakistan had then squared off at Old Trafford, Manchester. The match was played in the backdrop of Kargil War. India won the contest by 47 runs. However, India failed to proceed beyond Super Six stage, whereas Pakistan ended as runners-up.

Pakistan are yet to beat India in a World Cup match. India have won all their 6 encounters.

(Inputs from PTI)