The International Cricket Council on Friday announced the schedule for T20 World Cup that is scheduled to be held in India. And guess what, despite the fact that there may be no cricketing ties between India and Pakistan any time soon, the two nations will be playing each other in Dharamsala.
India is all set to play Pakistan in Dharamsala on March 19, 2016 in the group stage of the tournament.
India also has Australia and New Zealand in the same group.
The 27-day tournament will be played in the following venues: Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.
Mumbai and New Delhi will stage semi-finals while Kolkata will host the finals.
Here’s how the matches will be held:
Here’s the grouping for the Men’s Tournament
First round (group winners to progress to second round)
Group A – Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland and Oman
Group B – Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Afghanistan
Second round groups
Super 10 Group 1 – Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England and winner group B (Q1B)
Super 10 Group 2 – India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and winner group A (Q1A)
The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6 million, which is an 86 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, while the total prize money for the women’s event is $400,000, which is a 122 per cent increase from the previous tournament.
India won the inaugural tournament in the men’s category held in South Africa in the year 2007. Sri Lanka is currently the defending champion, who won the 2014 World Cup.