Melbourne, July 30: There are 563 days remaining for the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. On Tuesday, ICC announced the groups, fixtures and venues for the 11th edition of the tournament.
Hosts New Zealand will kick off the tournament on February 14 in Christchurch with a match against 1996 winners Sri Lanka. On the same day, Australia lock horns with England in a day/night game in Melbourne. On February 15, defending champions India face Pakistan in Adelaide.
Groups (based on ICC ODI Rankings as on December 31, 2012)
Pool A: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 3
Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Qualifier 4
Here are 10 facts about World Cup 2015
# Australia and New Zealand are jointly hosting the tournament. The two countries will see World Cup action after 23 years. Last time they organised this quadrennial 50-over event was in 1992
# World Cup 2015 will be held from February 14 to March 29, 2015
# 14 teams (10 Full Members of ICC and 4 qualifiers) will be participating. 49 matches will be played over 44 days
# Teams are divided into two groups. Top 4 from Pool A and B will make it to the quarter-finals, which will be a knockout stage
# 14 venues (7 each in Australia and New Zealand) will host the matches
# In Australia, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will be the venues
# Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington are the New Zealand cities
# Australia will host 26 matches while New Zealand has got 23
# Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will be the venue for the final. MCG had hosted the 1992 final too
# Semi-finals (March 24 and 26) will be played in Auckland and Sydney