T20 World Cup Schedule Announced: India to face Pakistan on 24th October

The International Cricket Council made the announcement on 10th August about the T20 World Cup schedule. India is set to face Pakistan on 24th October in Dubai; the two teams are in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage. After the match between Pakistan and India, Pakistan will be facing New Zealand on 26th October in Sharjah. Afghanistan, in the same Super 12 group as India and Pakistan, will start its campaign on 25th October. They will be facing the winners of Group B from round one.

 After the match with Pakistan, India will play their next game against New Zealand in Dubai on 31st October. On 3rd November, they will be having a clash with Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. The T20 World Cup tournament will consist of eight teams battling it out to take home the trophy. Out of the eight teams, only four teams will move to the Super 12 stage.

Schedule for India Matches

India is in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage, and their first match will be on 24th October against Pakistan at 6 pm in Dubai. On 31st October, they will be facing New Zealand at 6 pm in Dubai. Their third match will be in Abu Dhabi at 6 pm. They will be playing against Afghanistan on 3rd November.  On 5th November, India will have the privilege to face the winner of GroupB1 in Dubai at 6 pm, and then on 8th November, they will face the winners of Group A2 in Dubai.

T20 World Cup Teams

Round 1 consists of the two top teams from each group, and they will automatically qualify to join the Super 12 stage. Group A consists of Netherlands, Namibia, Ireland, and Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Group B consists of Bangladesh, Oman, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea. The Super 12 stage will have the top four teams who will qualify for the semi-finals. 

On the other hand, Group 1 has the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, England, A1, and B2. Group 2 has India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, A2, and B1.

Super 12 stage matches will take place from 23rd October to 8th November. The top two winners will then have the chance to face each other in the semifinals at Abu Dhabi on 10th November. On 11th November, another match will be played in Dubai, and the final game also will be played in Dubai on 14th November. There will be a reserve day on 15th November.

India has their Test Squad playing for the tournament in England. Most of their players will be returning in time for the second half of the IPL. The Indian Premier League will be resuming in the United Arab Emirates after a suspension in May due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India,

Venues of theT20 World Cup

The T20 World Cup matches will be taking place across four venues; the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai International Stadium, the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, and the Sharjah Stadium. 

Reference Links:

  1. https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/india-to-face-pakistan-on-october-24-as-icc-announces-full-schedule-of-t20-world-cup-2021-101629177168653.html
  2. https://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/icc-t20-world-cup-2021-schedule-announced-india-to-face-pakistan-on-24-october-9891911.html
  3. https://www.mumbailive.com/en/cricket/icc-mens-t20-world-cup-2021-fixtures-revealed-india-vs-pakistan-match-24th-october-2021-67579
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