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Block your dates: India meet Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy 2017

The arch-rivals clash on June 4 in Edgbaston in a group stage face-off

T2 Online Staff 1 June 2016, 11:09 PM
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Defending champions India will open their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy campaign by taking on arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday. (Read: Shoaib Akhtar and Virender Sehwag rivalry renewed)

Here's the group-wise segregation in a nutshell
  Placed in group B alongside Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa, the men in blue will then face Sri Lanka on June 8 before taking on the Proteas in the final league game on June 11 at The Oval in London. Australia head Group A, which also includes New Zealand, England and Bangladesh, who will be returning to this competition for the first time since 2006. Hosts England will take on Bangladesh in the tournament opener on June 1 at The Oval. (Read: The worst moments of World T20)

Here's the tournament schedule for you reference:

1 June – England v Bangladesh, The Oval (Day)

2 June – Australia v New Zealand, Edgbaston (D)

3 June – Sri Lanka v South Africa, The Oval (D)

4 June – India v Pakistan, Edgbaston (D)

5 June – Australia v Bangladesh, The Oval (D/N)

6 June – England v New Zealand, Cardiff (D)

7 June – Pakistan v South Africa, Edgbaston (D/N)

8 June – India v Sri Lanka, The Oval (D)

9 June – New Zealand v Bangladesh, Cardiff (D)

10 June – England v Australia, Edgbaston (D)

11 June – India v South Africa, The Oval (D)

12 June – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Cardiff (D)

14 June – First semi-final (A1 v B2), Cardiff (D)

15 June – Second semi-final (A2 v B1), Edgbaston (D)

18 June – Final, The Oval (D)

19 June – Reserve day (D)

Announcing the schedule, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said, "The ICC Champions Trophy is a short and sharp event, which is followed and enjoyed by the spectators and players alike." He added, "The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is not just an ODI competition, it carries a great deal of value since it is being played just three months before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 qualification cut-off date. As such, every point earned here could be crucial."

Source: IANS

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