ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 match schedule announced
July 19, 2005
The full match schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 was announced today in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The first match of the tournament will take place on Tuesday 13 March 2007 at the newly renovated Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica between the West Indies and Pakistan in Group D.
Round robin play will see six games over a period of 11 days, with the final match of this Group slated for 23 March, between the West Indies and Ireland who secured their place at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 by reaching the final of the recent ICC Trophy.
Australia, defending ICC Cricket World Cup champions, will begin their attempt to retain their title at the fully upgraded Warner Park Stadium in St Kitts when they take on Scotland on Wednesday 14 March.
The twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago will host Group B. Group play will commence on Thursday, 15 March when Sri Lanka meets Bermuda, India and Sri Lanka meet in the group's showpiece game on 23 March.
Saint Lucia will welcome the teams, officials and fans to Group C of the competition. Play starts at Beausejour on 14 March when Kenya takes on Canada. Kenya, the surprise team from the last ICC Cricket World Cup, also closes out group play on 24 March, when they face England.
In all four Group stage Host Venues, six matches will be played over 11 days.
The winners and runners-up from each of the four groups will earn the right to advance to the Super 8 stage of the tournament where teams will play each of the other teams advancing - except the team which advanced from their own group - for a total of six games each.
The Super 8 stage of the tournament, which begins on Tuesday 27 March, will be played in four countries: Antigua, Guyana, Grenada and Barbados. The last match of this segment of the tournament will take place on Saturday 21 April.
For the semi-finals the four remaining teams will travel to Jamaica and Saint Lucia. On Tuesday, 24 April Sabina Park in Kingston will be the venue for semi-final 1, where the second and third place finishers from the Super 8's will square off against each other.
On Wednesday, 25 April the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet will stage semi-final 2, pitting the first and fourth place finishers from the Super 8's against each other.
Saturday 28 April is the date that this prestigious tournament, hosted by the West Indies will climax in the final, when the two semi-final winners will meet at Kensington Oval in Barbados to contest the ninth ICC Cricket World Cup final.
The tournament will see 51 One-Day International matches over a 47 day period, in world class competition venues against the unique backdrop of the Caribbean.
The event logo and event mascot were also unveiled at this `Brand Launch' event which was streamed live on the internet. The event mascot is a teenage character called `Mello' who embodies the lifestyle of the region.
Full details of the match schedule are available on www.icc-cricket.com.
The tournament logo is available at http://www.icc-cricket.com/media/icc_logos.html.