India vs Pakistan face off date for 2019 World Cup announced

Both sides have not played each other since the Champions Trophy final.

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan shakes hands with Virat Kohli of India. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)
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India and Pakistan last faced off each other in a bilateral series in 2012 when the Pakistani side visite India for a short series. The relation between the two countries has been declined drastically over the years due to the political tension. However, fans from both the countries wait for the face-off in the ICC events. India last faced Pakistan in the Champions Trophy finals and thumped them to win the trophy.

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan facing each other in the ICC events are one of the marquee events of the ICC tournament. With the 2019 World Cup dates being announced, India and Pakistan are set to take each other in the World Cup on 12th June in Manchester.

Notably, Pakistan has never beaten India in the 50-over World Cup in all of the earlier encounters with India beating them in the 2015 event last time. The 10-team World Cup will take place in England and Wales and starts on May 30. The confirmation on the same has come through a top BCCI official.

1992-like World Cup where all teams face each other

Interestingly, the tournament will not have group fixtures as only 10 teams are participating and all of them will face each other and then the top 4 teams will qualify for the semi-finals. The 1992 World Cup saw a similar scenario where Pakistan came out victorious under the captaincy of Imran Khan.

India will open their campaign against South Africa on June 5 instead of June 2 due to “the 15-day gap rule” recommended by Lodha Panel. Earlier, we’ve seen both the side start their campaign against each other. 2015 World Cup and the 2017 edition of Champions Trophy saw both the sides start their campaign.

Apart from the top 8 teams, West Indies and Afghanistan are the other two sides who qualified for the World Cup through the qualifier which took place earlier.

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