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    Default 2015 World Cup: India to face Pakistan in opener

    The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29, and India will begin its title defence against traditional rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday.



    India, which won the 2011 event when it defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai, will complete its group fixtures against Zimbabwe at Eden Park, Auckland, on March 14.
    In the group, India will also play South Africa (in Melbourne on February 22), Qualifier 4 (in Perth on February 28), West Indies (in Perth on March 6) and Ireland* (in Hamilton on March 10).
    Looking ahead to the tournament, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said: “It only seems like yesterday that we won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in front of a passionate and supportive home crowd.
    “World Cup is a very special event for every cricketer because it only takes place every four years. Having tasted success in Mumbai in 2011, we’ll be working very hard to retain it.
    “I’m keenly looking forward to the tournament and confident that we’ll do well. Our recent victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 has provided the team with a lot of confidence, and I am sure this experience will help us in our preparations for the World Cup in 2015.”
    The tournament opens on February 14 with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand playing their first matches on the opening day of the tournament in front of their home crowds, while the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final on March 29.
    New Zealand will square off against 1996 champion Sri Lanka in the tournament opener in Christchurch, while later on the same day, under the Melbourne Cricket Ground floodlights, four-time former champion Australia will go head-to-head with arch rival England.
    New Zealand will also host Australia when the two neighbouring countries lock horns in Auckland on March 28.
    A total of 49 matches will be played in the 44-day tournament across 14 venues in the two countries. Australia will stage 26 matches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, whilst the 23 matches in New Zealand will be held in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.
    The 14 sides (10 Full Members and four qualifiers), as per their rankings on the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings table on 31 December 2012, have been divided into two pools:
    Another key feature of the fixture was -- Melbourne won the right to hold the World Cup final again after 23 years. Sydney and Auckland will host semi-finals, just like the 1992 World Cup.



    Pools (Based on teams’ rankings on the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings as on 31 December 2012):




    Pool A
    England
    Australia
    Sri Lanka
    Bangladesh
    New Zealand
    Qualifier 2
    Qualifier 3

    Pool B
    South Africa
    India
    Pakistan
    West Indies
    Zimbabwe
    Ireland
    Qualifier 4



    Fixtures:

    Sat Feb 14: Sri Lanka v New Zealand , Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d); England v Australia , Melbourne Cricket Ground (d/n)
    Sun Feb 15: South Africa v Zimbabwe, Seddon Park, Hamilton (d/n); India v Pakistan, Adelaide Oval (d/n)
    Mon Feb 16: West Indies v Ireland, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
    Tues Feb 17: New Zealand v Qualifier 3, University Oval, Dunedin (d)
    Wed Feb 18: Bangladesh v Qualifier 2, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
    Thurs Feb 19: Zimbabwe v Qualifier 4, Saxton Oval, Nelson (d)
    Fri Feb 20: England v New Zealand, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington (d/n)
    Sat Feb 21: Pakistan v West Indies, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d); Australia v Bangladesh, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
    Sun Feb 22: Sri Lanka v Qualifier 2, University Oval, Dunedin (d); South Africa v India, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
    Mon Feb 23: England v Qualifier 3, Hagley Oval, Christchurch (d)
    Tues Feb 24: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
    Wed Feb 25: Ireland v Qualifier 4, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
    Thurs Feb 26: Qualifier 2 v Qualifier 3, University Oval, Dunedin (d); Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, MCG, Melbourne (d/n)
    Fri Feb 27 South Africa v West Indies, SCG, Sydney (d/n)
    Sat Feb 28: India v Qualifier 4, WACA, Perth (d/n); Australia v New Zealand, Eden Park, Auckland (d/n)
    Sun Mar 1: England v Sri Lanka, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington (d); Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Gabba, Brisbane (d/n)
    Mon Mar 2: Rest
    Tues Mar 3: South Africa v Ireland, Manuka Oval, Canberra (d/n)
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    Default Melbourne Cricket Ground to host 2015 World Cup final




    The Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final of the 2015 cricket World Cup, 23 years after a bumper crowd at the 100,000-seat stadium saw Pakistan defeat England in the 1992 final.


    The March 29 final follows semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Auckland's EdenPark, organisers said on Tuesday.
    Christchurch, which has scrambled to rebuild facilities in the wake of a ruinous earthquake in 2011, has provisionally been awarded three pool matches in the tournament hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.





    Local cricket authorities have submitted plans for a redevelopment of HagleyPark in New Zealand's second largest city, and are awaiting the outcome of an Environment Court hearing as to whether they can proceed.
    If approved, the city would host the opening match of the tournament between 1996 World Cup champions Sri Lanka and New Zealand on February 14.
    "We haven't had international cricket, Test matches for five years and One-dayers for three years so we just have to get the Environment Court to okay it to get cricket back to Christchurch," former New Zealand bowler Richard Hadlee told local television at the New Zealand launch of the event.
    "It's important for the city, for the people and for youngsters too who idolise the players. It gives them the chance to see them and those three games will be hugely critical."




    Organisers said the pool matches would be split evenly between both countries with seven cities hosting three pool matches each.
    "The last World Cup was the most successful ever... We decided that every team should play in both countries and that's what we've gone and done," CWC 2015 chief executive John Harnden said.







    Australia's Sydney Cricket Ground, Adelaide Oval and the MCG would host three of the quarter-finals, while Wellington would host the fourth quarter-final.
    The 2015 World Cup will feature the 10 full member nations of the International Cricket Council plus Ireland, who have won qualification, and three other nations.
    Two of the teams will be determined via a qualifying tournament in New Zealand in January 2014.
    Each of the 14 teams had been divided into two pools where they play each other in a round-robin format before the top four from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals.







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    Default Five things to know about the 2015 Cricket World Cup

    The Cricket World Cup, held every four years to decide the sport's one-day international championship, will be held in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2015.


    Here are five things to know about the tournament that will conclude with a March 29 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of an expected 100,000 spectators and a worldwide television audience of 1 billion:

    1. THE TEAMS AND THE MAYBES: The 14-team tournament gathers the 10 test-playing countries: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe. Ireland has qualified, while three others teams will also attempt to qualify, possibly Scotland, Netherlands, Kenya or Canada based on current rankings and results.

    2. ACROSS THE TIME ZONES: The 49 matches over 44 days will be played across time zones spanning six hours. With daylight savings time in effect, New Zealand's matches will be played three hours ahead of parts of the east coast of Australia. Sydney is three hours ahead of Perth in Western Australia at that time of year.

    3. A BIT OF HISTORY: The first World Cup was held in England in 1975 when West Indies beat Australia in the final at Lord's. West Indies won again in 1979, beating England in the final, again at Lord's, but the Caribbean side hasn't won since. Australia leads with four titles, including three of the past four. India is the defending champion, having beaten Sri Lanka in the 2011 final.

    4. A RARITY AT HOME: India's win at Mumbai marked the first time in 10 tournaments that a country clinched the title on home soil. Sri Lanka had come closest when it won the 1996 title in a tournament it co-hosted with India and Pakistan, though the final was at Lahore, Pakistan.

    5. CLOSE, BUT NO SILVERWARE: It has hosted the tournament four times, but England has never won the World Cup despite making the final three times. After losing the 1979 final to West Indies, it lost to Australia in India in 1987 and the 1992 final to Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. South Africa, which co-hosted the tournament with Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2003, has never played in a tournament decider.
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