April 26 (Reuters) - Hosts England will begin their quest for a maiden 50-overs World Cup title against South Africa on May 30 next year with Lord’s staging the final on July 14, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday.
One-day cricket’s most coveted trophy has eluded three-times finalists England who staged the first three World Cups between 1975-1983 and also in 1999.
Ashes rivals Australia will begin their title defence against qualifiers Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.
Old Trafford will host the 10-team tournament’s most-anticipated match on June 16 between Asian arch-rivals India and Pakistan.
The 46-day tournament will be played across 11 venues in England and Wales with Manchester’s Old Trafford venue hosting six matches. (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in Kolkata, editing by Sudipto Ganguly and Ken Ferris)