World Twenty20 games announced

2013-10-29 00:00

DHAKA — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the match schedules for the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6 next year.

As many as 35 tournament matches will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament.

The format for next year’s tournament has been changed following an increase in teams from 12 to 16.

As the teams’ seeding is based on the ICC Twenty20 International Team Rankings as of October 8, 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will play directly in the Super 10 stage, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from  March 16 to 21.

The first round of the event will include eight sides divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage.

In the first round, Group A will feature hosts Bangladesh alongside three teams that will qualify from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013, to be staged from November 15 to 30. Group B will include Zimbabwe, who will be joined by another three teams from the upcoming qualifiers. As such, the two groups will be finalised on November 30.

The two groups of the Super 10 stage are

Super 10 (S10) Groups (Based on teams’ rankings on the ICC T20I Team Rankings as of October 8, 2012):

Group 1 - Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B)

Group 2 - West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, Group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A)

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