Karachi: Defending champions Australia have been paired in the same group as bitter rivals India for this year's Champions Trophy, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Thursday.
Pakistan and runners-up West Indies are also in Group A for the sixth edition of the biennial tournament, which is to be hosted by Pakistan in September-October this year.
"Group A comprises Australia, India, Pakistan and the West Indies while South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England form group B," the ICC said in a statement released from its headquarters in Dubai.
India beat hosts Australia to lift a tri-series tournament earlier this month and are now considered the greatest threat to Australia's dominance.
India's victory followed a bad-tempered Test series against Australia marred by allegations of racial abuse.
Australia defeated the West Indies to take their maiden Champions Trophy title in 2006 in India.
The eight teams in the 2008 trophy will play on a round-robin basis with two teams from each group progressing to the semi-finals.
The full tournament schedule and venues will be announced later, the ICC said.
The Groups ( with seedings):
Group-A: India (4), Pakistan (5), West Indies (8) and Australia (1).
Group-B: Sri Lanka (6), South Africa (2), New Zealand (3) and England (7).