Sports News, Nation, (New Delhi), January 29:-The Indian men’s cricket team will kick-start their campaign at the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup 2020 against South Africa on October 24 at the new Optus Stadium in Perth.
In the T20 World Cup 2020 fixtures released by the ICC on Tuesday, the Men in Blue have been drawn in Group B along with England, Afghanistan, Qualifiers 3 and 4. Pakistan, Australia, West Indies, New Zealand and Qualifiers 1 and 2 make up Group A.
For the first time, the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups will be held as standalone events in the same year and in the same country.
A total of 16 best teams are slated to play 45 matches across Australia in seven world-class venues in seven host cities from October 18 to November 15, 2020. The top eight-ranked teams based on ICC World T20I Team Rankings as of December 31, 2018 have automatically qualified.
The tournament will see several qualifying matches before Australia square off with current top-ranked side Pakistan in the opener on October 24 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The first semi-final is slated to be held at the SCG November 11, 2020 while the second last-four clash will take place at Adelaide Oval a day later. The final of the men’s showpiece event will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 15, 2020.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)