T20 WORLD CUP
After a long wait, The International Council for Cricket (ICC) has finally revealed the groups for the upcoming T20 world cup that will kickstart from October 17 till November 14, 2021.
The groups have been selected based on team rankings as of March 2021. Here is how the super 12’s are grouped:
Group1: Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, winner group A, runner up group B
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, runner up the group A, winner group B
Eight teams from groups A and B will play the first round to bag their spot in the super 12’s out of which Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are in the qualifiers.
Qualifying round teams:
GROUP A will consist of Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherland and Namibia
Group B will comprise Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said in a press release: “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.” 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''.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was present at the press release along with BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
Ganguly: “It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world-class event in this part of the world.”
Shah: “With the announcement of groupings, our countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup kickstarts. 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." It will be interesting to see India and Pakistan placed together for the first time. The super 12’s are scheduled to be played across - Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The remaining tournament schedule to be announced soon.
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