2013 Champions Trophy: India, Pak in same group

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Updated: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 18:48 [IST]
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Champions Trophy: India, Pak in Group A

Bangalore, Aug 21: Come June, 2013, arch rivals India and Pakistan will come face to face again, this time in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 One Day International tournament as the fixtures and groups for the tournament were announced in England on Tuesday.

Champions Trophy 2013 Match Schedule

India and Pakistan, who have been drawn into the same group, will play at Edgbaston on June 15, Saturday. India's first match is against South Africa on June 6 at Cardiff followed by a game against the West Indies on June 11 at The Oval.

India and South Africa will kick-start the tournament. World's top eight sides according to the ICC rankings, feature in this 50-over event with the final slated for June 23 at Edgbaston. This the last edition of Champions Trophy as ICC had decided to scrap the event after 2013.

Group A will feature Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka with India, Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies contesting Group B. The top two from each group head into the semi-finals.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced the full schedule for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. The three-week tournament featuring the world's top eight One-Day sides.

England, who lost to West Indies in the final of the competition when it was last staged on home soil in 2004, will kick off their campaign by taking on Australia at Edgbaston on June 8 with further group matches against Sri Lanka at The Oval on June 13 and New Zealand at Cardiff on June 16.

Tournament Director, Steve Elworthy commented: "This will be an incredible opportunity for fans to see the world's very best One-Day 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."


Story first published:  Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 18:04 [IST]
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