However, with four countries to qualify for the quarter-finals from each of two sections of six, England's immediate task should not be too demanding.
Venues and dates for a total of 37 matches have yet to be decided - but it is expected that most of England's qualifying games will be in Pakistan.
1996 WORLD CUP DRAW Group A: Pakistan, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Associate winners, Associate third. Group B: India, Sri Lanka, Australia, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Associate second.
Yorkshire's hopes of reaching their first NatWest or Gillette final in 24 years rose after yesterday's quarter-final draw matched them with Warwickshire at Headingley on 27 July - the day after the final day of the fourth Test.
Warwickshire are to ask South Africa for special clearance to play their fast bowler Allan Donald, who was scheduled to fly home that day to prepare for his country's tour of Sri Lanka.
NATWEST TROPHY Quarter-final draw: Yorkshire v Warwickshire; Glamorgan v Worcestershire; Northamptonshire v Sussex; Somerset v Surrey. Ties on Tuesday, 27 July.
LANCASHIRE (v Derbyshire, Benson & Hedges Cup final, Lord's, tomorrow): Atherton, Titchard, Speak, *Fairbrother, Lloyd, Akram, Watkinson, Hegg, DeFreitas, Austin, Barnett.Reuse content