India plays first World Cup match against Bangladesh on Mar 17
New Delhi, May 6 (UNI) Rahul Dravid-led Team India will kick-off their campaign in the World Cup with a Group B match against Bangladesh at Trinidad&Tobago on March 17 next year.
Prior to their first Group Stage match, India will meet the Netherlands in a warm-up match on March 6 at Jamaica and will play another match against hosts West Indies at the same venue three days later.
India is clubbed in Group B along with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bermuda, while World champion Australia, South Africa, Scotland and the Netherlands make Group A.
New Zealand, England, Kenya and Canada comprise Group C while Group D includes Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Ireland.
In Group B matches at Trinidad&Tobago, India plays Bangladesh on March 17, Bermuda on March 19 and Sri Lanka on March 23.
India will arrive at their base in Trinidad and Tobago on March 2, according to a BCCI release here today.
Jamaica hosts the first semifinal on April 24 while the second is scheduled at St Lucia the next day. Barbados hosts the final on March 28.
Groups and Schedule: Group A (St Kitts&Nevis): Australia (1), South Africa (5), Scotland (12), The Netherlands.
Group B (Trinidad&Tobago): Sri Lanka (2), India (8), Bangladesh (11), Bermuda (15) Group C (St. Lucia): New Zealand (3), England (7), Kenya (10), Canada (14) Group D (Jamaica): Pakistan (4), West Indies (6), Zimbabwe (9), Ireland (13) Warm-up matches: Mar 5: West Indies v Kenya, England v Bermuda, South Africa v Canada, Sri Lanka v Scotland.
Mar 6: India v The Netherlands, Australia v Zimbabwe, Pakistan v Ireland, New Zealand v Bangladesh Mar 8: Kenya v The Netherlands, Zimbabwe v Bermuda, Ireland v Canada, Scotland v Bangladesh Mar 9: India v West Indies, Australia v England, Pakistan v South Africa, New Zealand v Sri Lanka Mar 11: Opening Ceremony Group Stage: Mar 13: West Indies v Pakistan Mar 14: Australia v Scotland, Kenya v Canada Mar 15: Sri Lanka v Bermuda, Zimbabwe v Ireland Mar 16: South Africa v The Netherlands, England v New Zealand Mar 17: India v Bangladesh, Pakistan v Ireland Mar 18: Australia v The Netherlands, England v Canada Mar 19: India v Bermuda, West Indies v Zimbabwe Mar 20: South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Kenya Mar 21: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Zimbabwe v Pakistan Mar 22: Scotland v The Netherlands, New Zealand v Canada Mar 23: India v Sri Lanka, West Indies v Ireland Mar 24: Australia v South Africa, England v Kenya Mar 25: Bermuda v Bangladesh Second Stage -- Super Eight Series: Mar 27: D2 X A1 Mar 28: A2 X B1 Mar 29: D2 X C1 Mar 30: D1 X C2 Mar 31: A1 X B2 Apr 1: D2 X B1 Apr 2: B2 X C1 Apr 3: D1 X A2 Apr 4: C2 X B1 Apr 7: B2 X A2 Apr 8: A1 X C2 Apr 9: D1 X C1 Apr 10: D2 X A2 Apr 11: C2 X B2 Apr 12: B1 X C1 Apr 13: A1 X D1 Apr 14: A2 X C1 Apr 15: B2 X D1 Apr 16: A1 X B1 Apr 17: A2 X C2 Apr 18: D1 X B1 Apr 19: D2 X B2 Apr 20: A1 X C1 Apr 21: D2 X C2 Apr 24: Semifinals 1 (2x3) at Jamaica Apr 25: Semifinals 2 (1x4) at St Lucia Apr 28: Final at Barbados UNI AY PG PM1503