India are placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s, with Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the other two qualifiers from Round 1. Defending champions West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa are in Group 1 along with two qualifiers from Round 1.
Group 1: West Indies, England, Australia, South Africa, Winner Group A, Runner up Group B
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Runner up Group A, Winner Group B.
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.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups 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.
“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.”
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was happy to see the tournament happen in Oman.
“It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world class event in this part of the world.”
-NAV, Inputs: Agencies