The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the schedule of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament will be held in the year 2020 in Australia. This will be the first time that the Men’s and Women’s tournament will take place as standalone tournaments.
The Men’s tournament is set to begin from October 12 and will end on November 15. There will in total of 12 teams who will fight for glory. The top eight-ranked teams will qualify directly for the Super 12 round.
Afghanistan is currently ranked eighth in the ICC T20I rankings, and is the last team to qualify directly. A total of eight teams will fight in the qualifying round. The four winning teams will then join the main event.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play the qualifying round. The other six teams for the qualifying rounds will be selected via a tournament which will be held later in 2019.
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The Super 12 stage will begin from October 24
Hosts Australia will kick-start the main Super 12 stage. They will play against top-ranked team Pakistan on October 24 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). India will play on the very same day against South Africa at the Perth Stadium.
The tournament will be played across eight cities and 13 venues. Windies will begin their title defence against New Zealand at the MCG on October 25.
The semi-finals will be played on November 11 and 12 at SCG and Adelaide Oval respectively. Like the Women’s tournament, the finals will be played in MCG. A record of over 90 thousand is expected to turn out.
First Round qualifiers
Group A: Sri Lanka, QA2, QA3, QA4
Group B: Bangladesh, QB2, QB3, QB4
Note: The schedule of First round qualifiers will be confirmed later
Super 12 Men’s Pools
Group 1: Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, A1, B2
Group 2: India, England, South Africa, Afghanistan, B1, A2
Here’s the detailed schedule (Super 12)
Oct 24: Australia v Pakistan at SCG
Oct 24: India v South Africa at Perth Stadium
Oct 25: New Zealand v West Indies at MCG
Oct 25: QA1 v QB2 at Bellerive Oval
Oct 26: Afghanistan v QA2 at Perth Stadium
Oct 26: England v QB1 at Perth Stadium
Oct 27: New Zealand v QB2 at Bellerive Oval
Oct 28: Afghanistan v QB1 at Perth Stadium
Oct 28: Australia v West Indies at Perth Stadium
Oct 29: India v QA2 at MCG
Oct 29: Pakistan v QA1 at SCG
Oct 30: England v South Africa at SCG
Oct 30: West Indies v QB2 at Perth Stadium
Oct 31: Pakistan v New Zealand at The Gabba
Oct 31: Australia v QA1 at The Gabba
Nov 1: India v England at MCG
Nov 1: South Africa v Afghanistan at Adelaide Oval
Nov 2: QA2 v QB1 at SCG
Nov 2: New Zealand v QA1 at The Gabba
Nov 3: Pakistan v West Indies at Adelaide Oval
Nov 3: Australia v QB2 at Adelaide Oval
Nov 4: England v Afghanistan at The Gabba
Nov 5: South Africa v QA2 at Adelaide Oval
Nov 5: India v QB1 at Adelaide Oval
Nov 6: Pakistan v QB2 at MCG
Nov 6: Australia v New Zealand at MCG
Nov 7: West Indies v QA1 at MCG
Nov 7: England v QA2 at Adelaide Oval
Nov 8: South Africa v QB1 at SCG
Nov 8: India v Afghanistan at SCG
Nov 11: SCG
Nov 12: Adelaide Oval
Nov 15: MCG