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Get ready for India, Pakistan clash; ICC Men's T20 World Cup groups announced

The Board of Control for Cricket in India will host the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup groups announced, India, Pakistan is same group-VPN
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Jul 16, 2021, 4:28 PM IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India will host the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.

The Super 12 groups, selected on the basis of team rankings as of March 20, 2021, have Pakistan and India in the same group along with Afghanistan and New Zealand.

Defending champions West Indies have been grouped along with former champions England, Australia and South Africa in Group 1.

Eight teams would contest the first round, which would also include automatic qualifiers Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The remaining six teams will be those who booked their spot through the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. 

Group A will have Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia joining Sri Lanka whilst Oman, PNG and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said that the countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup had started with the announcement of groupings. 

"The two groups have sides that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, the exciting T20 format is known for its surprises, and we must be prepared for the same. I am sure we will witness some exciting and nail-biting games," he said.

ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said that the T20 World Cup 2021 would be the first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic and that there are some great matchups offered by the groups.

There is no doubt we will witness some highly competitive cricket when the event gets underway in just three months, he added.

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