ICC announced the group and schedule for the World T20 2016 in Mumbai at BCCI headquarter. India are in the group of death as they have been slotted in the Group 2 with Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. India and Pakistan will face each other on March 19 at Dharamsala.
The tournament will be played across eight Indian cities from March 8 to April 3rd. Both men’s and women;s matches being played simultaneously.
ICC has increased the prize money for this edition as well. The men’s winners will get $5.6 million, an 86 percent from the 2014 edition and the women’s winner will get $400,000- a 122.
Many cricket fans are crying as their home cities did not get a single India match. Pakistani fans conceived the perception that India is not a safe place for the tournament. At the meantime, many are excited about the Indo-Pak match at on Saturday 19 March.
But, the biggest concern for cricket writers was where Pakistan will play if they qualify for the semifinal?
Twitter reacted to the announcement.
#WT20 We’ll have the final match before the Final 😀
— ಅಂತರಾತ್ಮ® (@Jaamoonuu) December 11, 2015
can’t play in Chennai because of SL, can’t go to Mumbai because of Pakistan.why the fuck it is even held in India? #WT20
— Hassan Cheema (@Gotoxytop) December 11, 2015
What should Pakistani people break this time after lose #WT20 match against India in dharmashala ?
— Tarun (@tkcthousand) December 11, 2015
I have just received confirmation from ICC that Pakistan if qualify will play its Semi Final only in Delhi. They won’t travel to Mumbai.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 11, 2015
— «Manoj» (@ImMj_) December 11, 2015
Pak vs Ind Pak vs Nz Pak vs Aus In short: Razia gundo’n mein phans gaye 😀 #WT20
— Atif (@beingcool19) December 11, 2015
bottom line is with a semifinal scheduled in mumbai, there will be a situation to handle if pakistan qualify for that one! #WT20
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 11, 2015
#WT20 Sad, not a single match in Pune! World class stadium, great outfield & amazing crowd!! Still no match…
— Shubham Ghotankar (@Shubh2enrique) December 11, 2015
#WT20 Pakistan should not participate in this event because india is not the safe place to play cricket
— Waqas ahmad (@just_waqas123) December 11, 2015
WHY THE HELL CAN INDIA NEVER PLAY IN DELHI. IN 2011 ALSO. WHY NAGPUR. Delhi provided the best Test of the series also. #WT20
— Pravir Singh (@Pravir21) December 11, 2015
NZ AUS PAK INDIA in one group one win is confirmed against PAK stamped #WT20
— Mischievous Nav (@inavjotsingh) December 11, 2015
Unfortunately Chennai won’t host any men’s matches. However 4 women’s matches are scheduled to take place here #WT20
— #wt20 scores (@World__T20) December 11, 2015
— Pankaj (@pankajcgupta) December 11, 2015
No exams during #WT20 next year! Woohoo!
— Pradakshina (@ViratManiac18) December 11, 2015
— Zeeshanalam (@zeeshanalam126) December 11, 2015