The International Cricket Council on Friday announced the groups for the men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which is to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman & the UAE from October 17 to November.
India & Pakistan have been placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s. India & Pakistan will come into a face-off in the group stages of the mega event. The groups are selected on the basis of team rankings as of March 20, 2021. The defending champions West Indies are placed with former Champions England, Australia & South Africa in group 1 of the Super 12s with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them. Group 2 consists of former champions India & Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan & the other two qualifiers from Round 1.
Eight teams will play in the first round including the automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka & Bangladesh with the remaining six grabbing their spot through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. Ireland, Netherlands & Nambia will join Sri Lanka in Group A whilst Oman, PNG & Scotland will come into a face-off with Bangladesh in Group B.
“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 & 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”, said ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice in a release.
The BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said, “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 teams that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, the exciting T20 format is known for its surprises, & we must be prepared for the same. I am sure we will witness some exciting & nail-biting matches”.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said, “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”.