Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed together in Group 2 of the T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled to take place later this year. The last encounter between two teams took place in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, after two years the neighbouring nations will be playing against each other in the Super 12 stage of the ICC tournament.
The upcoming fixture between the two teams in the marquee T20 tournament will be their first game in the shortest format since the 2016 T20 World Cup.
In Group 2, India and Pakistan will be accompanied by Afghanistan, New Zealand and other qualifiers from Round 1. The top two teams from each group will advance into the super 12. Australia, South Africa, England and the defending champions West Indies have been placed in Group 1.
“The groups, selected on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021, see defending champions the West Indies pooled along with former champions England, Australia and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 12s, with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them,” the ICC said in a statement.
“Group 2 will comprise former champions India and Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the other two qualifiers from Round 1. 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 statement added.
The Indian cricket board has the hosting rights for the 16-team tournament but due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the venue was shifted to the UAE.