India and Pakistan have been included in the same group as International Cricket Council has announced the groups for the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held between 17th October and 14th October 2021. The tournament will be organized by BCCI in UAE and Oman.
The ICC has made two groups, comprising of six teams each in the super 12s of the event. Group 1 will comprise Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, winner of Round1 Group A and Runner up of Round 1 Group B.
On the other hand, group 2 comprises India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Afghanistan, winner of Round1 Group B and runner of Round 1 Group A.
Prior to the super 12s, eight teams will contest the first round of the tournament, which include automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The remaining six teams booked their spots through ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier 2019.
Here are the two groups competing in the first round of the ICC T20 World Cup:
Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman
“Eight teams will contest the first round including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with the remaining six who booked their spot through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A, whilst Oman, PNG, and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B,” the ICC announced.
“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 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,” said ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice.
“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,” he added.