WEB DESK: Dharamsala will host the World Twenty20 2016 match between India and Pakistan on March 19 while the tournament semi-finals will be played in Delhi and Mumbai, according to the fixtures released by the ICC on Friday, ESPNCricinfo reported.
India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia are placed in Group 2 of the Super 10s stage while South Africa, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka are in Group 1.
The eight teams competing in the qualifying stage have also been split into two groups. Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland and Oman have been slotted into Group A, while Group B comprises Zimbabwe, Scotland, Afghanistan and Hong Kong. The qualifying team from Group A will join India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand in Group 2 of the Super 10s stage, while the qualifier from Group B moves to Group 1.
The opening match of the Super 10s stage will be played between India and New Zealand on March 15 in Nagpur. The hosts will then play Pakistan on March 19, the qualifying team in the group on March 23 in Bangalore and Australia in Mohali on March 27.
The men’s and women’s competition will be held simultaneously, with both the finals taking place on April 3. A total of 58 matches (35 men’s and 23 women’s) will be played in the 27-day tournament.
In the women’s draw as well, India are placed with Pakistan in Group B and will play the neighbours in Delhi on the same day as men’s.
India have hosted three ODI World Cups previously in 1987, 1996 and 2011; but this will be the first time that the ICC World Twenty20 comes to India.