India won the World Cup in 1975 in Kuala Lumpur, while Pakistan won the inaugural edition in Spain (1971) before winning back-to-back crowns in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1978) and Mumbai [ Images ] (1982).
The last time they won was in Sydney [ Images ] in 1994.
Following the preliminary phase, the two best-ranked teams of each pool proceed to the semi-finals.
The match schedule for the tournament will be announced later this month.
Pool A: Germany, the Netherlands, Korea, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina.
Pool B: Australia, Spain, England, Pakistan, India and South Africa.