first_imgTwo-time world champions India have been clubbed with arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, which will be held in England next year. (Latest Cricket stories | Click here for Snap Post)The tournament, which was last played in 2013, will feature eight teams playing 15 matches over 18 days across three venues. Incidentally, England had also hosted the ICC Champions Trophy three years back.England will play the opening game of the tournament against Bangladesh at the Oval. India, slotted in Group B, will go in as defending champions and will open their campaign against Pakistan on June 4, before taking on Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11. The two semi-finals have been scheduled for June 14 and 15 while the final will be played on June 18, at the Oval.India and Pakistan had last played an ODI during the World Cup last year. The two also clashed at the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20, with India emerging victorious on all three occasions.Group A will consist of reigning world champions Australia, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.CAPTAINS SPEAK”Having won the event in 2013, we know how intense this event can be and we are under no illusion that it will be any different next year,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said in an ICC statement.”In the ICC Champions Trophy, it doesnt matter which other sides are in your group or who your semi-final or final opponent is.”You have limited time and the key to success is consistency, and being on top of your game each time you step out on to the field. There is very little room for error.”advertisementEngland are hosting the tournament for the third time, having reached the finals in 2004 and 2013.”The ICC Champions Trophy is an elite ODI competition, contested by the sports top eight ranked sides featuring the finest 50-over cricketers,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.”As professionals, we want to be involved in such intense competitions where our individual and team skills are tested almost each day.” Here is the full schedule:June 1 – England vs Bangladesh, at The OvalJune 2 – New Zealand vs Australia at EdgbastonJune 3 Sri Lanka vs South Africa at The OvalJune 4 – India vs Pakistan at Edgbaston June 5 – Australia v Bangladesh, The OvalJune 6 – England v New Zealand, CardiffJune 7 – Pakistan v South Africa, EdgbastonJune 8 – India v Sri Lanka, The OvalJune 9 –  New Zealand v Bangladesh, CardiffJune 10 – England v Australia EdgbastonJune 11 – India v South Africa, The OvalJune 12 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, CardiffJune 14 – Semi-final (A1 v B2), CardiffJune 15 – Semi-final (A2 v B1), EdgbastonJune 18 – Final, The OvalJune 19 – Reserve Daylast_img