The ICC and ECB have this morning announced England’s schedule for the up-coming World Cup this summer, with the home side playing at all 4 “host” grounds – Derby, Leicester, Taunton and Bristol – during the round-robin stages; followed by a semi-final at either Bristol or Derby, and (if they get there, of course) the final at Lords on July 23rd.
England begin by hosting the subcontinental trio – India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. You’d think they’d have to be looking to win all 3 of those games to put themselves in a strong position for the tougher tests to come, when a slip-up somewhere along the line is probably inevitable. England certainly won’t want to be going into the last couple of games, versus New Zealand and the West Indies, with semi-final qualification in doubt, though that will possibly depend very-much on how evenly all those other results fall.
With everyone playing everyone else in the group stages, it is going to be a huge tournament – 31 matches in just 30 days – so whoever eventually lifts that trophy at Lords will truly have earned the title of “World Champions”.
|Saturday 24 June||v India||Derby|
|Tuesday 27 June||v Pakistan||Leicester|
|Sunday 02 July||v Sri Lanka||Taunton|
|Wednesday 05 July||v South Africa||Bristol|
|Sunday 09 July||v Australia||Bristol|
|Wednesday 12 July||v New Zealand||Derby|
|Saturday 15 July||v West Indies||Bristol|
|Tuesday 18 July||Semi Final 1||Bristol|
|Thursday 20 July||Semi Final 2||Derby|
|Sunday 23 July||Final||Lord’s|