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T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan placed in same group

 Sports Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:38 PM, 16 July 2021  

T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan placed in same group

T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan placed in same group

Hosts India have been pooled with Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifier teams in Group 2 for the T20 World Cup later this year. England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and two more qualifier teams will form Group 1 for the tournament.

Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will have to go through the qualifying tournament. Sri Lanka have been placed in Group A with Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia while Bangladesh will face Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman in Group B.

The groups were formed according to T20I rankings as on March 20, 2021. Six teams - Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia, Oman, PNG and Scotland - sealed their place in the Qualifiers via the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019 while the top eight ranked teams earned direct qualification for the tournament.

"We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great matchups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer," ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said.

"Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups. There is no doubt we will witness some highly competitive cricket when the event gets underway in just three months."

The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman after it was shifted out of India because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will kick start on October 17 and the final will be played on November 14. The matches will be played at four venues - Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium, and Oman Cricket Academy Ground - and the fixtures will be announced soon.

"With the announcement of groupings, our countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup kickstart," BCCI secretary Jay Shah said. "There is nothing that separates the two groups as both are packed with sides that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, the exciting T20 format is known for its surprises, and we must be prepared for the same. I am sure we will witness some exciting and nail-biting games

"I am particularly delighted to be in Oman. As a major force in world cricket, the BCCI has always endeavoured to promote and assist Associate Nations. In my capacity as Asian Cricket Council President, my vision is to take cricket far and deep into Asia. Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the global stage. They are also playing the Qualifiers and it will be an icing on the cake if they make it to the Super 12s."

Group 1 - England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Winner Group A, Runner-up Group B

Group 2 - India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Runner-up Group A, Winner Group B

Group A - Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia

Group B - Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman

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