India have been kept in Group 2 along with Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Friday. This group will have two more teams that are yet to be decided. The groups have been formed on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021. Group 1 will have defending champions West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa.
Round 1 of the event will see Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia in Group A and Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman in Group B.
The winner of Group A and runners-up in Group B will join other teams in Group 1 in the Super 12s, while the winner of Group B and runners-up of Group A will be a part of Group 2.
“We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great matchups 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,” ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice was quoted as saying in a release.
“Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cut-off 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.”
“With the announcement of groupings, our countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup kick-starts. There is nothing that separates the two groups as both are packed with sides that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said.