Sydney - Hosts Australia will take on Pakistan's men and
India's women for the opening fixtures of the Twenty20 World Cups in 2020,
organisers said on Tuesday as the draw for the tournaments was announced.
The T20 World Cups are being held in the same year and in
the same country for the first time, with the men's and women's finals to be
played at one of the world's biggest stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ten women's teams will play in 23 matches from February 21
to March 8, with reigning champions Australia to clash with India in the
opening game in Sydney.
The men's competition, from October 18 to November 15, will
feature several qualifying matches before Australia kicks off the Super 12
group stages on October 24 against top-ranked Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket
Australia, Pakistan, the West Indies, New Zealand and two
qualifiers make up one side of the draw, with defending champions the Windies
starting their title defence against the Black Caps on October 25.
India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan and two
qualifiers make up the other side of the draw.
For the women's fixtures, four-time winners Australia are in
Group A with New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and one qualifier, while West Indies
and 2009 champions England join South Africa, Pakistan and a second qualifying
The women's final will be played on March 8 to coincide with
International Women's Day, and the men's final will be held on November 15.
Women's group stages (February 21 - March 3)
Group A: Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Qualifier 1
Group B: England, West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan, Qualifier 2
Semi-finals: March 5
Final: March 8
Men's qualifiers: October 18 - 23
Group stages (October 24 - November 8)
Group 1: Pakistan, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, two qualifiers
Group 2: India, England, South Africa, Afghanistan, two qualifiers
Semi-finals: November 11 and 12
Final: November 15