India face SA in Champions Trophy opener

Aug 22, 2012, 08:25 IST | AFP

World champions India will open the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and Wales with a clash against South Africa in Cardiff on June 6 next year

Meanwhile hosts England will begin the tournament by playing defending champions Australia at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground.

The Champions Trophy, the “mini World Cup”, features the world’s eight leading nations in 50-over cricket.

Next year Group A will include Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka while India, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies will compete in Group B.

One of the standout group fixtures will be the clash between rivals India and Pakistan in Birmingham on June 15.

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