ICC announces groups for Men's T20 World Cup 2021.
On Friday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the groups for the upcoming World T20 2021, scheduled to start on October 17. Much to the delight of cricket fans, India and Pakistan are placed in the same group for the super 12 stage of the tournament.
Here's a look at all important aspects revolving around the tournament.
Format: First-round matches followed by Super 12s
As many as eight teams will play the first-round matches, divided into two groups. Of the eight teams, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are automatic qualifiers, while the other six teams namely Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman sealed their spots in the 2019 qualifiers.
The eight teams are divided into two groups, namely Group A and Group B. Group A comprises Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia, while Group B has Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the Super 12s.
Super-12s: India and Pakistan pooled in the same group
The Super 12s will see the top 12 teams pooled into two groups, namely Group 1 and Group 2. For the unversed, the teams are divided on the basis of the team rankings as on March 20, 2021.
To the delight of cricket fans, both India and Pakistan are placed in the same group i.e., Group 2. They both would be facing each other after five long years in T20I. The last T20 match played between the two teams was back in 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata during T20 World Cup.
The other four teams in the group are New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two first-round qualifiers- winners of Group B and the second-placed team of Group A. On the other hand, Group 1 consists of Australia, South Africa, West Indies, England and the other two teams of first-round qualifiers - winners of group A and the second-placed team of Group B.
Looking at both the groups, India are perhaps sitting in a relatively easier pool, with Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan. But, on the other hand, Gro