T20 World Cup: India to start campaign against Pakistan

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Cricket's biggest rivalry will unfold on October 24 when India will open ICC T20 World Cup campaign against arch foes Pakistan
Cricket's biggest rivalry will unfold on October 24 when India will open ICC T20 World Cup campaign against arch foes Pakistan.

The biggest rivalry of the modern day cricket will be back to the fore when India will open their ICC T20 World Cup campaign. The Virat Kohli-led Blue Brigade will be up against arch foes Pakistan in their tournament opener on October 24.

The two teams will be facing each other for the first time in more than two years, ever since India had thrashed Pakistan in the ICC World Cup match by 89 runs on June 16, 2019, at Manchester.

India do not play bilateral games with Pakistan due to neighbouring nation’s pro-militancy and anti-India policies.

In the qualifiers, the first match will feature hosts Oman against Papua New Guinea. The match will mark the beginning of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground on 17 October.

The Super 12 stage will commence with a fixture between Australia and South Africa at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The complete schedule, announced today by the International Cricket Council, confirms the highly anticipated match between former champions India and Pakistan will take place on 24 October at the Dubai International Stadium while Ashes rivals England and Australia play at the same venue six days later.

The West Indies, the only side to win the tournament twice, will also feature on the opening day of the Super 12s as they kick off their defence of the title in Dubai against England, top ranked in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings.

Sri Lanka, champions in 2014, and Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands Oman, PNG and Scotland, feature in Round 1 of the 16-team tournament, being hosted by India in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman through to 14 November. The top two teams from each group of Round 1 will make it to the Super 12s.

Abu Dhabi will be the venue of the first semi-final on 10 November while the other semi-final (11 November) and the final (14 November) will be played in Dubai.

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The groupings:

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman

(Top two teams from each group advance to Super 12s)

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2.

Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B1.

(Top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals)

Complete schedule:

Round 1

17 Oct: Oman v Papua New Guinea, Muscat; Bangladesh v Scotland, Muscat

18 Oct: Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi; Sri Lanka v Namibia, Abu Dhabi

19 Oct: Scotland v PNG, Muscat; Oman v Bangladesh, Muscat

20 Oct: Namibia v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi; Sri Lanka v Ireland, Abu Dhabi

21 Oct: Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Muscat; Oman v Scotland, Muscat

22 Oct: Namibia v Ireland, Sharjah; Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Sharjah

Super 12s

23 Oct: Australia v South Africa, Abu Dhabi; England v West Indies, Dubai

24 Oct: A1 v B2, Sharjah; India v Pakistan, Dubai

25 Oct: Afghanistan v B1, Sharjah

26 Oct: South Africa v West Indies, Dubai; Pakistan v New Zealand, Sharjah

27 Oct: England v B2, Abu Dhabi; B1 v A2, Abu Dhabi

28 Oct: Australia v A1, Dubai

29 Oct: West Indies v B2, Sharjah; Pakistan v Afghanistan, Dubai

30 Oct: South Africa v A1, Sharjah; Australia v England, Dubai

31 Oct: Afghanistan v A2, Abu Dhabi; India v New Zealand, Dubai

1 Nov: England v A1, Sharjah

2 Nov: South Africa v B2, Abu Dhabi; Pakistan v A2, Abu Dhabi

3 Nov: New Zealand v B1, Dubai; India v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi

4 Nov: Australia v B2, Dubai; West indies v A1, Abu Dhabi

5 Nov: New Zealand v A2, Sharjah; India v B1, Dubai

6 Nov: Australia v West Indies, Abu Dhabi; England v South Africa, Sharjah

7 Nov: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi  : Pakistan v B1, Sharjah

8 Nov: India v A2, Dubai

Knock-out stage

10 Nov: Semi-final 1 (A1 v B2), Abu Dhabi

11 Nov: Semi-final 2 (B1 v A2), Dubai

14 Nov: Final, Dubai

The seventh edition of the tournament comprises 16 teams and is being hosted by India in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The tournament is being played at four venues – Dubai International Stadium, Oman Cricket Academy (Muscat), Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).

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