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CRICKET: West Indies to start World Cup 2015 against Ireland

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 8:49 AM

West Indies have been drawn to play Ireland in their opening game of the 2015 Cricket World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.

That game will take place on February 16 against Ireland at Saxton Oval in New Zealand.

The Caribbean side and Ireland are in a tough Pool ‘B’ along with defending champions India, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe and a Qualifier.

West Indies second game will also be played in New Zealand, this against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

West Indies third match is a day/night contest against Zimbabwe on February 24 at Canberra in Australia.

Five days later, West Indies will have another day/night contest, this against South Africa on February 27 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.

West Indies will face defending champions India on March 6 in another day/night contest at the WACA Ground in Perth, Australia. Their final Pool B game is against an ICC Qualifiers on March 14 at Napier in New Zealand.

The tournament opens on February 14 with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand playing their first matches on the opening day of the tournament in front of their home crowds.

Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia will host the final on 29 March.

Australia and New Zealand are drawn in Pool A alongside England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two Qualifiers.

A total of 49 matches will be played in the 44-day tournament across 14 venues in the two countries.


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