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World Cup's Biggest Match

The ICC and the 2019 World Cup organizing committee remain confident that the tournament's biggest match, to be played between India and Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester, will go ahead despite the volatile situation between the two countries in the wake of a terrorist attack in Kashmir last week.

With the world cup starting in exactly 100 days, there are have been scattered voices that want India to boycott the group match against Pakistan. The fixture itself remains the biggest game of the tournament: nearly half a million applications for tickets poured in as soon as the ICC opened its ballot. Even the world cup final, to be played on July 14 at Lord's, paled in comparison with about a quarter of a million applications.

David Richardson, the ICC's outgoing chief executive officer, said that "no indications" have been sent from either board about the World Cup clash not taking place.