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Indian wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates with Kedar Jadhav and captain Virat Kohli after the wicket. | File AFP

The Olympic Stadium looks set to miss out on hosting matches at next year's World Cup. Their much-awaited clash against rivals Pakistan will take place on June 16 at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Eoin Morgan's England side travel to Manchester to take on Afghanistan for their second group stage fixture on Tuesday 18 June.

Cardiff will welcome, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Bangladesh, South Africa and World Cup Qualifier Champions Afghanistan.

If India tops or finish fourth in the 10-team table, it will play in the first semifinal at Old Trafford on July 9.

Stating that the recent spurt in the number of domestic Twenty20 leagues is at times impacting the worldwide bilateral cricket schedule, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on Thursday said "clever planning, better scheduling and a regulatory framework" is necessary to ensure these tournaments can continue without adversely affecting global cricket.

It can be recalled that it was De Villiers' drive to clinch the coveted trophy that he had chose to miss most of the Test matches in 2017 to switch his focus entirely on white-ball cricket in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Looking ahead to next year's tournament, South Africa's all-rounder Chris Morris said: "World Cup is a massive thing to every sportsman, not just to a cricket player".

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It was a well-known fact that De Villiers was desperate to add a world cup winners medal to his trophy cabinet but he now claims that he has moved on from that obsession.

It means that all T20 matches played between countries will now have global status.

New Zealand are tipped to play four of seven day-night internationals at next year's Cricket World Cup, more than any of the other nine competing nations. Accordingly, it was only 14 days till June 2.

Lord's will host a World Cup final for the fifth time.

Ashes rivals Australia, now recovering from a ball-tampering scandal, will begin their title defence against plucky qualifiers Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.

"We are particularly pleased with the unanimous agreement to award all T20 bilateral games worldwide status and the move to create a global ranking system for T20Is".

India are presently the number-one ranked ODI side in the world and third most successful team in World Cup history behind Australia and South Africa.

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