England’s badminton team face Canada, Uganda, Mauritius and the Falkland Islands in the pool stage of the badminton team competition at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.
England, who took silver in the team competition in Melbourne four years ago, are seeded third behind defending champions Malaysia and India, the bronze medallists in 2006.
The top two teams from each of the four pools go through to the quarter-finals. If the competition goes as per the seedings, England would meet host nation India in the semi-finals.
England are scheduled to open their account in pool C against the Falkland Islands on 4 October and then play Uganda later on the same day. On 6 October they face Mauritius and Canada.
Anthony Clark will arrive in Delhi on 98 England caps. On day one of the games he could join a select group of players to achieve the 100-appearances mark, if he features in both the Falklands Islands and Uganda contests. Only 12 players have reached that landmark.
England’s Carl Baxter, born in Winnipeg, could face the country of his birth in the England fixture against fifth seeds Canada.
England won the mixed team competition on home soil at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. The final of this year’s team competition takes place on 8 October.
England fixtures in badminton team competition
(all times are Delhi times – Delhi is 4 ½ hours ahead of UK time)
Monday 4 October
09.00: England v Falkland Islands
19.00: England v Uganda
Wednesday 6 October
09.00: England v Mauritius
19.00: England v Canada
Thursday 7 October
Quarter-finals & semi-finals
Friday 8 October
Bronze medal match & gold medal match