London Stadium will not host Cricket World Cup matches

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Such was the desire of the 34-year-old De Villiers to win the coveted trophy, he took a sabbatical from Test cricket for most of 2017 to be fit and ready for the World Cup next year. The logic, it is learnt, is that the proposed ICC Test Championship, due to start in July 2019, will not have any day-night Tests, so it makes little sense for India to play a day-night Test against that backdrop. On Tuesday, there was a meeting of officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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India are expected to play their first match of the World Cup against South Africa on June 5. Old Trafford will host the first semifinal (No. 1 v No. 4) on July 9 with the action shifting to Edgbaston two days later for the other semi between the second and third-placed teams on the league table. This time, the 10-team meet will be played on a round-robin format where all teams play each other, before the top four qualify for the semi-finals. The eleven venues that will host the tournament are Lord's, the Oval, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Headingley, Old Trafford, Taunton, Bristol, Chester-le-Street, Southampton and Cardiff. The next year will start on March 29 from the IPL. Given that the ICC Test Championships will only consist of day matches played with the red ball, the BCCI saw no objective in playing a day/night Test with a pink ball.

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But now one official has told the Guardian that at this stage, hosting cricket at the Olympic Stadium during the World Cup looks to be "a thing of the past".

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Among some of the other points that were discussed in the meeting, one learnt that India are planning to play a maximum of 309 days of global cricket across formats in the next FTP cycle, which will be 92 days less than the previous one. This means a total of 45 matches will be played with each team playing a total of nine matches.

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