With 2021 T20 World Cup just a few months away, big news has flown in that confirms India being paired with Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan in Group 2 of the Super 12 of the much awaited tournament. On Friday, International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the groups have been selected on the basis of team rankings as of March 20, 2021. The mega tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman while BCCI still remains the official host as the tournament was originally set to be played in India.
Group 2 will include two other teams that are yet to be decided while Group 1 includes West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa. Round 1 of the T20 World Cup will see Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia in Group A and Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman in Group B. The winners of Group A and runners-up of Group B will progress to Group 1 in the Super 12, while the winner of Group B and runners-up of Group A will be a part of Group 2.
“We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups 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,” ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice was quoted as saying in a release.
“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.
“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,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said.
2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will begin on Sunday, 17 October.