While an official announcement will come after the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board clears the final schedule, Sportstar understands that it has been approved by the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) in a meeting in Kolkata on Monday. With the 2019 edition of the World Cup approaching, one would think that winning the tournament will be on his mind.
However, India won't play a single round-robin match at the iconic Lord's. Therefore as per a 15-day gap, we could have only played on June 5.
The World Cup will be held between May 30 and July 14 in England and Wales next year.
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.More news: Meek Mill Goes Straight from Prison to the NBA Playoffs!
Last month saw West Indies and Afghanistan seal the final two qualifying spots, with defending champions Australia, hosts England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and Bangladesh making up the 10 teams.
The ICC had said in February that it was exploring alternative venues for the Champions Trophy.
Even though the World Cup will be played during the first half of the English summer, the ICC has insured the knockout matches - both semi-finals and the final - by having reserve days for the three games. With 2019 edition being a 10-team World Cup and considering the fact that only 8 teams play Champions Trophy, the T20 format stands to benefit Associate members.
The match holds importance for other reasons as the two nations aren't playing any bilateral cricket outside the ICC tournaments due to political tensions. The team that is at number 1 played with the fourth-placed team in the semis.