The pools and draw for Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand have been named today by Dave Richardson from the ICC.
The pools are:
Pool A: Australia, England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand and 2 Qualifiers
Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and a Qualifier.
Games will be split between venues in Australia and New Zealand with 23 games in New Zealand to be held at Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington whilst 26 games will be played in Australia to be held at Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The tournament will be played over 44 days starting on Valetines Day (14 February) and finishing with the final at the MCG on 29 March 2015.
The Australian team will play the following pool games in their quest to qualify for the finals:
Game 2: v England at the MCG (14 February)
Game 11: v Bangladesh at the Gabba (21 February)
Game 20: v New Zealand at Eden Park (28 February)
Game 26: v Qualifier TBD at the WACA (4 March)
Game 32: v Sri Lanka at the SCG (8 March)
Game 40: v Qualifier TBD at Bellerive Oval (14 March)
The Quarter Finals will be played between 18 March and 21 March and will be played at the SCG, the MCG, the Adelaide Oval and the Wellington Regional Stadium. The Semi Finals will be played on 24 and 26 March at Eden Park and the SCG respectively. As noted above the tournament will culminate at the MCG on 29 March.
Qualifing teams for the Quarter Finals will be the top 4 teams from each pool.
There are 563 days till the World Cup kicks off. Now back to the Ashes!