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Pakistan Team Didn’t Know About Bowl-Out: Irfan Pathan On 2007 T20 World Cup Match

The 2007 T20 World Cup started off in the most fascinating ways for India by beating Pakistan in the group stage in a Bowl-out, which they knew nothing about at that time. The match had ended in a tie after India’s 141-rum on the board was equalled by Pakistan and the match went for a bowl-out.

Prior to the super over the bowl out method was used to decide a winner, if the match ended in a draw. In a bowl out, five bowlers from each side deliver one or two balls each at an unguarded wicket. If each team has hit the same number of wickets after the first five bowlers per side, the bowling continues and is decided by sudden death.

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During The Bowl-Out, There Was No Competition: Irfan Pathan

Former Team India bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan has revealed that the Pakistani cricket team had no idea of what a bowl out was, on the other hand, team India was well prepared for it. They were so confused they didn’t even know if they should take full or half run-ups, said Irfan Pathan.

“Pakistan’s captain accepted it in one of the press conferences that they didn’t know about the bowl-out,” Pathan said in Star Sports’ special episode of Cricket Connected chat show named ‘Watch Along of the 2007 ICC World T20 between India and Pakistan’.

“When the time for bowl-out arrived, they were not sure if they should be taking full run-ups or a half run-ups. On the other hand, we came in prepared for the bowl-out and the result was quite evident,”.

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“There was no competition between the two teams. When the regulation match was going on, there was a fierce competition between both the teams, and it was a close affair. But during the bowl-out, there was no competition,” Irfan Pathan added

Recounting the 2007 T20 World Cup

The 2007 ICC T20 world cup was hosted in South Africa and was the maiden T20 World cup. Team India went on to win it beating Pakistan by 5 runs. India had also beaten Pakistan in the group stage in a bowl out after a tie. Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs as India put a score of 157-5. The other Indian batsmen fell cheaply, with Rohit Sharma the second-highest scorer, reaching 30 not out.

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Misbah-ul-Haq was the top scorer for  Pakistan with 43 runs as they neared the Indian total, but wickets fell quickly as R P Singh took 3-26 and Irfan Pathan took 3-16 to set up a tense finish. Pakistan were bowled out in the final over, five runs short of India.

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ICC T20 World Cup trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Breaking: ICC T20 World Cup 2021 To Be Held In India, Australia To Host The Tournament In 2022

India have been confirmed as the hosts for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. On the other hand, Australia will host the marquee event in 2022. The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 this year was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL), to be held from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

India, on the other hand, were originally scheduled to host the competition in 2021. However, it was expected that Australia would host the 2021 edition as it had already started preparations and would not like to wait for two years. At the same time, recent reports suggested that BCCI also did not want to forego its right to host the tournament in 2021 and has now managed to retain its hosting rights.

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India and Australia have decided to swap the hosting rights for the competition after the heads of the BCCI and Cricket Australia connected virtually to discuss the hosting of two T20 World Cups in the next two years during ICC’s board meeting on Friday. One of the reasons behind swapping the rights could be the 2023 50-over World Cup in India. The BCCI might not be willing two host two ICC tournaments back-to-back.

ICC Acting Chairman Imran Khwaja said: “Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events.

“The decisions the Board have taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners and importantly our fans. I’d like to thank our partners at the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as well as the Australian and New Zealand governments for their continued support and commitment to a safe return to ICC events,” he added.

The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and first since 2016. Incidentally, the 2016 edition was also hosted by India. West Indies had won that tournament by beating England in the thrilling final.

Along with this, Women’s ODI World Cup has also been postponed to 2022. The Women’s ODI World Cup was scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7 2021. In the previous edition, England and India had played the final at Lord’s and the hosts had come out victorious.

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IPL 2020 Golden Chance For Sanju Samson: Biju George

Biju George, the coach of Sanju Samson, believes that IPL 2020 will be a golden opportunity for the Kerala player to cement his place in the T20 World Cup squad. The T20 league is scheduled in September-November in UAE and will be arranged behind closed doors.

Sanju Samson started his IPL journey with Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 but currently, he plays for Rajasthan Royals. He has been constantly performing for the IPL team. So far, the wicketkeeper-batsman has played in 93 IPL matches and scored 2209 runs, including two centuries. However, he has failed to replicate the same performance in international cricket because of which, he has failed to get the spot on the national team.

IPL 2020 golden Chance for Sanju Samson: Biju George

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Biju George is sure that Samson would have a great IPL season because he has been preparing himself during the extended break. He said that the wicketkeeper-batsman performance in the league would open the doors for him in the T20 World Cup 2021

“Yes absolutely, I think it is a golden chance for him to make his place in the T20 World Cup 2021 squad. If you look at his white-ball career, he has been consistent at it and I am sure he will perform, he has been consistent ever since he made his debut in IPL,” George told ANI while talking about Samson’s chances to make it to the T20 World Cup squad.

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Samson. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“I do not think Samson will have any pressure on him when he goes in to play the IPL. This year, he has put in the maximum preparation, I have never seen him more focused, he was even working out when we were in lockdown in Trivandrum,” he added.

Earlier this month, ICC postponed the T20 World Cup 2020 which was scheduled in October-November in Australia. The mega event’s postponement had paved the way for BCCI to host the 13th edition of the league this year. Sanju Samson will be seen in action wearing Rajasthan Royal’s jersey.

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Sanjay Manjrekar Picks His No. 4 And Allrounder For India’s ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Squad

India has always faced difficulty to find a perfect number four who can handle the pressure well and took the charge of the game. Also, the team lacks in producing perfect all-rounder. And with T20 World Cup dates getting near, the team management will surely look up to the options to fill up space. Former Indian cricketer and commentator, Sanjay Manjrekar labelled the right players for both No. 4 and allrounder position that should be included in India’s T20 World Cup 2020 squad.

Recently, Manjrekar has been dropped by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the commentator’s position. Well, the Indian boards didn’t give direct reasons to drop him.

Sanjay Manjrekar on No. 4 and allrounder spot:

While talking to fans on Twitter, a user asked Manjrekar to give the name the No. 4 and allrounder for the T20 World Cup 2020.

The former cricketer picked the name of Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya for the aforementioned roles.

Hardik Pandya recovered from the injury:

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Shreyas Iyer, the Mumbai player, has been scintillating against the oppositions. He handled the pressure very well against New Zealand when India lost the captain Kohli.

Iyer scored first ODI century and took the team to a fighting total. However, India lost the series but the positive to drive out from the series was the youngster.

In ODI series, he scored 217 runs in 3 innings at an average of 72.33 and a strike rate of 95.59. He was equally good in the T20Is, scoring 153 runs in 5 innings at an average of 51 and a strike rate of 131.90.

On the other hand, the allrounder Hardik Pandya is back in action after recovering from a back injury. He had to go under surgery and was out of the game for almost seven months.

Pandya’s return in the team will much decide about India’s combination in the T20 World Cup 2020.

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Is MS Dhoni in Plan? Vikram Rathour on Identification of Players For the ICC T20 World Cup 2020

Does the Indian team still need the services of veteran MS Dhoni or they have moved forward? Well, there is still no answer to this question we all are looking for. If reports to be believed, it always indicated that there will be an inclusion of former Indian skipper in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 quad. While India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour stated that the team management has clarity over the team’s selection for the assignment in Australia.

As the T20 World Cup, 2020 is around the corner, there is a lot of hype over Dhoni’s role. Albeit, the wicketkeeper-batsman, who has last featured in the World Cup 2019, is silent over his future plans.

Earlier, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has opined that If MS Dhoni plays well in the IPL 2020, he can be considered as an option for the marquee event.

MS Dhoni is out of international cricket for a while:

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MS Dhoni. Credits: AP Photo

I don’t see many changes: Vikram Rathour

With KL Rahul delivering both as a batsman as well as a wicketkeeper, it might be tough for MS Dhoni to make an entry in the squad. Against Australia, in the second ODI, Rahul perfectly replicated the task of Dhoni as the finisher while doing justice behind the stumps.

Thus, if Rathour’s statement is anything to go by then one can say that Dhoni is unlikely to play in the upcoming coveted tournament. India’s batting coach, speaking on the eve of third T20I game against New Zealand, said that they have identified the core team and only a case of injury can replace a player.

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Vikram Rathour. Photo Credit: BCCI.

“Adjustments will keep going on till the last minute. But as far as I am concerned and the team management is concerned, we have the core. We know what our team is going to be. Unless there is a case of injury or really bad loss in form, I don’t see many changes happening,” said Rathour.

Meanwhile, after winning back-to-back matches against New Zealand, India will head to play the third T20I match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday (29th January).

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World T20 main draw likely to see 12 teams

ICC Planning To Add More Teams In Future T20 World Cup: Report

According to the recent Telegraph.co.uk reports, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to add more teams in the future Men’s T20 World Cup.

The ICC is now focusing on expanding the global tournament to gain more popularity. The other sports like football, basketball is growing up the worldwide popularity by adding more teams in the top tournaments. So, the ICC is considering expanding the future Men’s T20 World Cup from 16 to 20 teams’ competition.

At present, the ICC is setting up the international cricket calendar between 2023 and 2031. While they are trying to build up a better cricket structure for this period, the T20 World Cup expansion is a part of this planning.

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Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The ICC World T20 began in 2007 where 12 teams participated. Later, the same number of teams participated in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 editions. From 2014, this global T20 competition is running with 16 teams. While the same number of teams engaged in the 2016 edition, it will be continued in 2020 and 2021 (most likely) editions respectively.

ICC wants to add four more teams in the future T20 World Cup

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In the new FTP schedule of 2023-2031, we will get the first ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2024. ICC wants to add four more teams in this competition which mean that the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 can run with 20 teams. The global cricket governing body believes that it will put them a better position in global media right markets as there will be a chance of higher viewership for this tournament.

There are two possibilities to handle the 20-team T20 World Cup. They can continue the present two-tier format where the lower-ranked teams will meet in the qualifiers round, and the top teams among these will advance for the main group stages of the tournament.

The other one is setting up four different groups with five teams each. In this case, the top teams in the final points table of each group will qualify for the knockout stages.

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2020 ICC T20 World Cup: Schedule, Venue and Teams

July 14, 2019, has gone into the record books as England and New Zealand had offered the cricketing world a riveting finale. The jam-packed Lord’s crowd had witnessed an enthralling final which the Three Lions won the on the boundary count (26-17).

Batting first New Zealand post 241, whereas, England also posted the same score in their 50 allotted overs. Also, the game culminated on a tie in the super over when both teams had managed 15 each. However, by considering the rules, the boundary count was taken into account to hand hosts England their maiden World Cup.

Meanwhile, the entire focus of the teams will be on the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup despite over 14 months left for another mega ICC event.

Australia is set to host the ICC T20 World Cup of both men’s and women’s event.

Also, it will be the first time that both tournaments will be conducted separately in Australia.

Earlier, the sixth edition had won by the Windies when brilliance from Carlos Brathwaite had taken the Caribbean to the glory at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2016 against England.

Besides, Caribbean women’s team had also bagged a title to walk in as the reigning champions.

Windies are the reigning T20 World Cup champions:

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Windies performing a champion dance. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The men’s tourney will commence from October 18 with final scheduled for November 15. On the other side, women’s competition is scheduled 6-and-half-month prior to the men’s T20 World Cup.

The Women’s T20 World Cup will commence from February 21, and the grand finale will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Overall, 12 teams will partake in the much-awaited event. Australia will directly qualify for the event being the hosts, whereas, other seven teams will be eligible for the Super 12 competition based on their performances which marks 31st December 2018 as the cut date.

By going to the same date, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will have to feature in the group stage fixtures to feature in the Super 12. Both the teams will join six other teams in which four teams will join top eight ranked teams for the Super 12 leg which will get underway on October 24 when hosts Australia will take on Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Here are the detailed schedule and venues for the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup:

Super 12

24 October 2020

Australia v Pakistan, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (7.00pm)

India v South Africa, Perth Stadium, Perth (7.00pm)

25 October, 2020

A1 v B2, Blundstone Arena, Hobart (2.00pm)

New Zealand v Windies, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (7.00pm)

26 October, 2020

Afghanistan v A2, Perth Stadium, Perth (2.00pm)

England v B1, Perth Stadium, Perth (7.00pm)

27 October, 2020

New Zealand v B2, Blundstone Arena, Hobart (7.00pm)

28 October, 2020

Afghanistan v B1, Perth Stadium, Perth (2.00pm)

Australia v Windies, Perth Stadium, Perth (7.00pm)

29 October, 2020

Pakistan v A1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (2.00pm)

India v A2, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (7.00pm)

30 October, 2020

England v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (2.00pm)

Windies v B2, Perth Stadium, Perth (7.00pm)

31 October, 2020

Pakistan v New Zealand, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane (2.00pm)

Australia v A1, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane (7.00pm)

1 November, 2020

South Africa v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (2.00pm)

India v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (7.00pm)

2 November, 2020

A2 v B1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (2.00pm)

New Zealand v A1, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane (7.00pm)

3 November, 2020

Pakistan v Windies, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (2.00pm)

Australia v B2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (7.00pm)

4 November, 2020

England v Afghanistan, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane (7.00pm)

5 November, 2020

South Africa v A2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (2.00pm)

India v B1, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (7.00pm)

6 November, 2020

Pakistan v B2, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (2.00pm)

Australia v New Zealand, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (7.00pm)

7 November, 2020

England v A2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (2.00pm)

Windies v A1, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne (7.00pm)

8 November, 2020

South Africa v B1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (2.00pm)

India v Afghanistan, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (7.00pm)


11 November, 2020 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney (7.00pm)

12 November, 2020 – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (7.00pm)

Grand Finale:

15 November, 2020 – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

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Harbhajan Singh Hails his Longtime Friend Yuvraj Singh

Starting off together since the Under-14 days, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh have been two impeccable gems of Team India. The two cricketers have been inseparable and indestructible during their prime time of cricketing careers. Hence, the retirement of great Yuvraj has been most emotional for his longtime friend and former teammate Harbhajan. Spotted in Southampton, Harbhajan spoke whole-heartedly for his best bud Yuvraj claiming him above many legendary players he had played with.

Together, Yuvraj and Harbhajan had been part of the Men in Blue in many winning tournaments. From 2002 Natwest trophy to 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup tournaments, both have taken India to newer heights.

Talking about Yuvraj, Harbhajan said that the number four position vacated by his pal has still not been filled. India is yet to discover their number four batsman who could possibly be near to what Yuvraj has been. They have tried players like Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, but again they cannot just stick with one. So much so, 12 players were tested at that particular position.

“Even today, the No 4 batting position that he’s vacated, hasn’t been filled. We haven’t been able to find a match-winner like him at No 4. He’s been a true champion for Team India. Wherever he’s played in the world, he’s shown that he’s a big match-winner. Talent wise, Yuvraj was by far better than anyone. He was extremely difficult to bowl to. I’ve played alongside so many legends but I would place Yuvraj Singh above many of them.”

Yuvraj in his prime, in today’s era, would’ve been the best batsman in the world: Harbhajan

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The match-winner for India during 2005-2011, Yuvraj Singh was simply one of the best cricketers. His impact in the World Cup 2011 was unparalleled, where the whole world saw to his raw power.

According to Harbhajan, Yuvraj had the ability to decimate any bowler at his will. Then were the days when the white ball had a swing to it, yet Yuvraj was easily able to sneak runs. His ability to knock big scores and lead the team to win made him World’s deadliest batsmen.

Also, his friend, Harbhajan believes had today’s era seen Yuvraj in his prime, and he would undoubtedly be the best batsman.

“Yuvraj, in his prime, in today’s era, would have been the world’s best batsman,” Harbhajan told. “He ability was such that he would decimate any bowler at will. If back then five fielders were allowed inside the circle till the 40th over, Yuvraj would have been having a ball today.

“The white ball used to reverse, the surfaces were a lot tougher to score runs on. There was more spin. There always used to be a fielder around the third man, which is not the case today.”

World Cup 2011 and Inaugural World T20 has been Yuvi’s gift to India

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Yuvraj last played for India in 2017, during their tour of the West Indies before being dropped. From 278 ODI innings, he made 8701 runs with a strike-rate of 87.68, hitting 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries. These records include his World Cup-winning 362 runs from eight innings he had played in his last World Cup.

After winning in 1983, Yuvraj accompanied MS Dhoni to reclaim the premier title of ICC cricket. Whereas, before 2011, Yuvraj gave a stunning performance in the inaugural World T20. And his strokeplay in that showpiece event till date is regarded as one of the best in cricket’s history.

Referring to the two tournaments, Harbhajan said that the two successful events have been Yuvraj’s best gift to India. Had it not been for him, India wouldn’t have been able to win the prestigious title back after 28 years.

“We wouldn’t have won the 2011 World Cup without him. Wining two World Cups (including WorldT20 in 2007) has been his biggest gift to India. Whenever I meet him, I always thank him for getting us those moments, medals which wouldn’t have been possible without him,” Harbhajan said.

At the emotional goodbyes by Yuvraj to cricket, Harbhajan said that even after Yuvraj told him about it, he didn’t expect it this soon.

“When I met him last, here in London, he told me: ‘I’m probably done this year.’ I said: ‘How about IPL?’ he said I’ve other things on plate. I’ll look at the other side of the world now,” Harbhajan said. “I didn’t expect him to do it so soon. Whether he was playing for India or not now, doesn’t matter. He gave his best to India. Even if he would’ve played 10-15 games more, and failed in them, he would’ve still been a legend. He’s already built a big legacy for himself, which will be difficult to fill.

Before the announcement, Yuvraj told Harbhajan about his retirement

Though everyone says the second innings is wonderful too, Harbhajan said it wouldn’t have the same fire. Now, cricket won’t be a part of Yuvi’s life, the one thing they as a cricketer had lived for. After Yuvraj texted him about his retirement before he announced it officially, it was an emotional moment for both the veteran stars of cricket.

“He had messaged me in the morning about this. I told him: ‘So, the day has come.’ He said: ‘Yes.’ It’s an emotional moment for us. When we started playing cricket, we never thought that there will be a day when we would have to kiss it goodbye. We used to live for the game.

“That wouldn’t be a part of him anymore. People say that ‘you’ll have a good ‘second innings,’ but you can’t have the same fun what you had while you were there in the middle. I can guarantee you as a player that the best moments of a player come when he/she is playing in the middle. Like other retired players, he’s always going to miss the game. What he’s achieved will remain in everyone’s mind.”

Famous for his smashing six sixes on the bowling of Stuart Broad, Yuvraj was known for delivering against Australia. And as many of his ODI knocks had shown before, he often rose to the occasion. The veteran match-winning star will always be remembered for his fighting spirit. The eagerness to bat, field and win was what kept the team alive.

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Gautam Gambhir Wishes he Could Bat Like ‘Prince’ Yuvraj Singh

Veteran cricketer Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from the cricketing world on Monday. And ever since his retirement, the whole world is paying tribute to him. From his friends to his fans and the great cricketing legends, the social media websites are abuzz in wishing Yuvraj for his second innings. And among all, his one of the closest pals, Gautam Gambhir had paid him one of the best tributes. Former Indian cricketer, Gambhir hailed Yuvraj while saying that he wished to bat like him during his career.

Having led India to win the World Cup 2011, Yuvraj has been a match-winning number, four player. And India has not been able to find a replacement for him since the drop in his batting. Last time Yuvraj played for India was in the series against the West Indies in 2017. But his contribution to Indian cricket is and will always remain unparallel. Known for his show-stopper six sixes haul, Yuvraj rose to dizzying heights in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.

Gambhir says that BCCI should retire jersey number 12 in tribute to Yuvraj Singh

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The best moments for the ‘cancerous tumour’ fighter came in the 2011 World Cup. Yuvraj ended up scoring 362 runs and scalped 15 wickets in nine matches to lift the title of ‘Man of the Tournament’.

Meanwhile, tributing to his closest friend, Gambhir exclaimed that BCCI should retire the jersey number 12.

He also quoted ‘Prince’ as one fine batsman whom he wished he could bat like. However, the journey to Yuvraj’s career comes to an end here. He had made clear that he won’t be playing international cricket as well as Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. The marvellous legend of Indian cricket will always be missed for his swashbuckling batting.


India To Start ICC T20 World Cup Campaign Against South Africa

The ICC, on Tuesday, announced the schedule for both the men and women’s schedule for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia in 2020. The following year will see the women’s and men’s tournaments being held as standalone events in the same year and in the same country. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 will take place from February 21 to March 8 followed by the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from October 18 to November 15.

Both tournaments will be held right across Australia in eight Host Cities and 13 venues.

The men’s event will see 12 teams fighting it out for the top-prize. Eight of those 12 teams have already qualified for the competition due to their rankings as of 31 December 2018. The remaining four teams will be determined through the first qualifying round played in Geelong and Hobart leading up to the Super 12 stage. The qualifier will see eight teams fighting against each other for the remaining four slots.  Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, having finished ninth and tenth respectively in the rankings, are the two known teams in the first qualifying round. The remaining six teams will be picked through another qualifying tournament that will be held later in 2019.

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India will take on South Africa in their ICC T20 World Cup-opener (Credits: BCCI)

Hosts Australia will take on Pakistan in the first game of the Super 12 stage of the competition on October 24 while India will play against South Africa in Perth on the same day. Defending champions, the Windies, will start their title defence when they clash with New Zealand on Sunday 25 November at the MCG.

The first semi-final will take place at the SCG on Wednesday 11 November while Adelaide Oval will host the second semi-final the following night. The final will be held at the iconic MCG on November 15.

In women’s competition, defending champions Australia will start their campaign against India on February 21. Australia and India have been pitted against Sri Lanka, a qualifier and New Zealand in Group A. Group B features England, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan and the other yet to be confirmed qualifying team.

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Reigning champions Australia will lock horns against India in the ICC T20 World Cup-opener (Credits: Getty)

The women’s tournament will be played in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth with the SCG hosting both semi-finals on March 5.



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