Ireland drawn in daunting group for 2015 Cricket World Cup
Ireland have been drawn in a very difficult Group containing reigning world champions India for the 2015 Cricket World Cup
Ireland have been drawn with South Africa, defending champions India, Pakistan, the West Indies, Zimbabweand a qualifier in Pool B.
England have been drawn in Group A along with Australia for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qualifying nations will join the Ashes rivals in Pool A of the 14-team tournament.
England and Australia will meet on the opening day of the competition at Melbourne on February 14.
Ireland, who must face each of the teams in their group, will begin their Group campaign against the West Indies on February 16 and finish against Pakistan on March 15.
The top four countries in each group will advance to the quarter-finals.
Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Canberra, Christchurch, Dunedin, Napier, Nelson, Hamilton, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Wellington were confirmed as host cities at today's official launch.
ICC chief executive David Richardson said: "The ICC Cricket World Cup is the flagship tournament of the 50-over game.
"The 2015 tournament will mark 40 years since the first World Cup in 1975 and that history of great contests and heroes helps make the tournament what it is - the most sought after prize in our increasingly global game.
"The World Cup will be returning to Australia and New Zealand after 23 years and will be staged at the back of two outstanding 50-over ICC events - the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
"I'm absolutely confident that the success of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will further strengthen the status of 50-over cricket as a successful and viable format alongside Tests and Twenty20 Internationals."
Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd added: "This is one of the biggest events in world sport.
"It will attract cricket fans from around the globe and also promote Australia and our close friend New Zealand internationally - especially in India and other parts of south Asia."
Holders India will launch their defence against rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15.
Ticket prices for the tournament are not due to be announced until later in the year.
Fixtures for the cricket World Cup that will be jointly held by Australia and New Zealand from Feb. 14-March 29, 2015:
Feb 14 Sri Lanka v New Zealand, Christchurch, England v Australia, Melbourne
Feb 15 South Africa v Zimbabwe, Hamilton, India v Pakistan, Adelaide
Feb 16 West Indies v Ireland, Nelson
Feb 17 New Zealand v Qualifier 3, Dunedin
Feb 18 Bangladesh v Qualifier 2, Canberra
Feb 19 Zimbabwe v Qualifier 4, Nelson
Feb 20 England v New Zealand, Wellington
Feb 21 Pakistan v West Indies, Christchurch, Australia v Bangladesh, Brisbane
Feb 22 Sri Lanka v Qualifier 2, Dunedin, South Africa v India, Melbourne
Feb 23 England v Qualifier 3, Christchurch
Feb 24 West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canberra
Feb 25 Ireland v Qualifier 4, Brisbane
Feb 26 Qualifier 2 v Qualifier 3, Dunedin, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Melbourne
Feb 27 South Africa v West Indies, Sydney
Feb 28 Australia v New Zealand, Auckland, India v Qualifier 4, Perth
March 1 England v Sri Lanka, Wellington, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, Brisbane
March 3 South Africa v Ireland, Canberra
March 4 Pakistan v Qualifier 4, Napier, Australia v Qualifier 2, Perth
March 5 Bangladesh v Qualifier 3, Nelson
March 6 India v West Indies, Perth
March 7 South Africa v Pakistan, Auckland, Zimbabwe v Ireland, Hobart
March 8 New Zealand v Qualifier 2, Napier, Australia v Sri Lanka, Sydney
March 9 England v Bangladesh, Adelaide
March 10 India v Ireland, Hamilton
March 11 Sri Lanka v Qualifer 3, Hobart
March 12 South Africa v Qualifier 4, Wellington
March 13 Bangladesh v New Zealand, Hamilton, England v Qualifier 2, Sydney
March 14 India v Zimbabwe, Auckland, Australia v Qualifier 3, Hobart
March 15 West Indies v Qualifier 4, Napier, Pakistan v Ireland, Adelaide
March 18 Quarter-final 1, Sydney
March 19 Quarter-final 2, Melbourne
March 20 Quarter-final 3, Adelaide
March 21 Quarter-final 4, Wellington
March 24 Semi-final 1, Auckland
March 25 Semi-final 2, Sydney
March 29 Final, Melbourne