India, Pak set for mouth-watering clash in Champions Trophy group stage

Group A will feature Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka with India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies contesting in Group B.

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World Cup champions India will clash with arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage 2013 Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston in Birmingham after taking on South Africa in their inaugural game of group 'B' on June 6 in Cardiff.

Top eight teams in the ICC ODI rankings will compete in the tournament, which will be held for the last time as the world body of the game has decided to scrap it after this edition.

Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval will each host four group matches of the competition that will see the eight teams divided into two pools of four each.

India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies will contest in Group B. Reuters

Group A will feature Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka with India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies contesting in Group B.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, to be played at The Oval and Cardiff, with the winners then progressing to the final at Edgbaston on June 23.

Hosts England, will kick off their campaign against defending champions Australia at Edgbaston on June 8.

Tournament Director, Steve Elworthy commented, "This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world's very best One-Day International sides in action over the space of less than three weeks and the fixture schedule has thrown up a host of exciting head-to-head contests.

"The format means every match counts and all eight teams will feel that they are capable of winning the tournament in a competition which is set to be one of the highlights of the 2013 summer."

The tournament does not appear in the Future Tournament Programme after 2013, with the ICC moving towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015.

PTI

Published Date: Aug 22, 2012 | Updated Date: Aug 22, 2012



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115