Team India have been clubbed with arch-rivals Pakistan as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Notably, in the wake of Coronavirus situation in India, T20 World Cup was shifted to UAE and Oman. The tournament will be held across four venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Oman.
India are placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s, with Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the other two qualifiers from Round 1. Defending champions West Indies, England, Australia and South Africa are in Group 1 along with two qualifiers from Round 1.
Group 1: West Indies, England, Australia, South Africa, Winner Group A, Runner up Group B
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Runner up Group A, Winner Group B.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said:
“We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups 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.
“Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff 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.”