Reigning ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistani cricket start will start their campaign of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on May 31.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday confirmed the fixtures of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, said in a press release issued on Thursday.

The opening match of the mega cricket event will be between hosts England and South Africa on May 30 at The Oval Ground. After West Indies, Pakistan team will take on hosts England on June 3 at Nottingham. They the green caps will vie against Sri Lanka on June 7 at Bristol, Australia on June 12.

Old Trafford, Manchester will host the tournament’s most important one match between arch-rivals Pakistan and India on June 16 while in the remaining matches, Pakistan will vie against South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s, New Zealand on June 26 at Birmingham, Afghanistan on June 29 at Leeds and in the last league match, they will play against Bangladesh on July 5 at Lord’s.

Pakistani cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed said the World Cup is an event in which the world is watching you and everyone is following you and hopes are high.

“Pakistan always underestimated in these type tournaments but don’t think it will be the same always because people now remember that we have won the Champions Trophy,” he said.

Pacer Mohammad Amir said “I consider myself a lucky person for representing my country and playing a big ICC tournament.

We have a good rotation policy and that is why I am well prepared for the tournament. I wish Pakistan win and then that I should be the best bowler in the tournament.” Coach Mickey Arthur said cricket in the UK is so special.

“Every time you go back to playing in England it is almost like you are going home in terms of cricket. We, certainly as the Pakistan cricket team, get unbelievable support in England, it is a home away from home for us,” Mickey Arthur said.

PAKISTAN WORLD CUP 2019 schedule:

Date Day against Venue

May 31 Friday West Indies Nottingham
June 3 Monday England Nottingham
June 7 Friday Sri Lanka Bristol
June 12 Wednesday Australia Taunton
June 16 Sunday India Manchester
June 23 Sunday South Africa Lord’s
June 26 Wednesday New Zealand Birmingham
June 29 Saturday Afghanistan Leeds
July 5 Friday Bangladesh Lord’s