Arch rivals heading for ICC clash

Published: Sunday, November 30, 2003, 19:17 [IST]
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London: Bitter rivals Pakistan and India are on course to meet in the group stages of the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. If Pakistan win the second match of their One-day international series against New Zealand in Lahore on Monday, they will be in the same group as India at the 12-team tournament being held in England next September. A win would mean that on the crucial December 1 cut-off date, Pakistan (3rd in the current seedings) would be grouped with India (6th) and Kenya (10th). If Pakistan, who won the first One-dayer against the Kiwis in Lahore on Saturday, lose to New Zealand on Monday they will fall to fourth in the ratings behind Sri Lanka and will play England (5th) and Zimbabwe (9th) in the ICC Champions Trophy first round. Matches in the ICC Champions Trophy will be played at The Oval, Edgbaston and Hampshire's Rose Bowl in England from 10 to 25 September. Copyright AFP 2001

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