World T20 schedule named
Dhaka - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the match schedules for the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Bangladesh from March 16 to April 6 next year.
As many as 35 tournament matches will be played across Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet in the 22-day tournament.
The format for next year’s tournament has been changed following an increase in teams from 12 to 16.
As the teams’ seeding are based on the ICC T20I Team Rankings as of October 8, 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will play directly in the Super 10 stage, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March.
The first round of the event will include eight sides that will be divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage.
In the first round, Group A will feature hosts Bangladesh alongside three teams that will qualify from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013, to be staged from 15 to 30 November.
Group B will include Zimbabwe, who will be joined by another three teams from the upcoming qualifiers. As such, the two groups will be finalised on November 30.
The Super 10 stage will start with an evening match between former champions India and Pakistan in Dhaka on Friday, March 21.
Reigning champions the West Indies will launch their title defence against India in an evening match on Sunday, March 23. Earlier on the same day, Pakistan will lock horns with Australia, who are looking for the only global title that has eluded them to date.
If Bangladesh reach the Super 10 stage, they will play all their matches in Dhaka, facing the West Indies on March 25, India on March 28, Pakistan on March 30 and Australia on April 1.
The prize money for the event will be $3m, with the winner receiving $1.1m and the losing finalist collecting $550 000.The two groups of the Super 10 stage are:
Super 10 (S10) Groups (Based on teams’ rankings on the ICC T20I Team Rankings as of October 8, 2012):Group 1 -
Sri Lanka, England, South Africa
, New Zealand, Group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B)Group 2 -
West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, Group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A)