T20 World Cup: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced the full schedule for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup. India will begin their campaign in Dubai on October 24 when they face arch-rivals Pakistan.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced the fixtures for T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14. As many as 8 teams will be involved in the qualification round from which 4 will make it to the Super 12 stage, which will get underway from October 23.
The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash, as reported by India Today, will get underway on October 24 in Dubai. Both India and their arch-rivals Pakistan have been drawn in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage which also features Afghanistan and New Zealand as the other two automatic qualifiers.
India will then take on New Zealand on October 31 in Dubai before moving to Abu Dhabi to play Afghanistan on November 3. They will return to Dubai to face the two qualifiers on November 5 and 8.
India plays a total of 4 matches in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. None of their Super 12 matches are scheduled in Sharjah.
Meanwhile, Group 1 action of the Super 112 gets underway with two heavyweight battles. South Africa and Australia kickstart the Super 12 action in Abu Dhabi which will be followed by the repeat of the 2016 T20 World Cup final between England and West Indies in Dubai on October 23.
India’s fixtures at T20 World Cup
India vs Pakistan – October 24 – 6 pm local time in Dubai
India vs New Zealand – October 31 – 6 pm local time in Dubai
India vs Afghanistan – November 3 – 6 pm local time in Abu Dhabi
India vs B1 (qualifier) – November 5 – 6 pm local time in Dubai
India vs A2 (qualifier) – November 8 – 6 pm local time in Dubai.
Overview of teams for T20 World Cup
Round 1 (Top 2 teams from each group qualify for Super 12)
Group A: Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Namibia
Group B: Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland Bangladesh
Super 12 (Top 4 teams qualify for the semi-final)
Group 1: Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies, A 1, B2
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, B1
The tournament will begin with the Round 1 Group B encounter between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea at 2 pm local time on 17 October, with Scotland and Bangladesh, the other teams in Group B, clashing in the evening match at 6 pm.
Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Namibia – making up Group A – will be in action in Abu Dhabi the next day, with Round 1 matches running till 22 October. The top two teams in each group will proceed to the Super12 stage of the tournament, beginning on 23 October.
The top 4 teams from the Super 12 will make it to the semi-finals.
Reserve days for semi-finals and final
The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on 10 November at 6 pm local time. The second semi-final will be hosted by Dubai on 11 November. Both semi-finals have reserve days.
The marquee clash of the tournament will take place in Dubai at 6 pm local time on 14 November, Sunday, with Monday acting as the reserve day for the final.