The complete schedule for the ICC World Twenty20 championship to be hosted by India has been announced on Dec 11, 2015. This is the first time India is hosting the T-20 World Cup. India will play its first match against New Zealand on March 14.
The staunch rivals India and Pakistan will face each other on March 19 in the hill city of Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
The Defending men’s champions Sri Lanka have been placed in Group One of the Super 10 stage along with South Africa, 2010 winners England, 2012 champions West Indies and the first qualifier.
Group Two will include India, 2009 champions Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and a second qualifier.
The qualifier will be selected from the group of eight teams 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.
A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played in the 27-day tournament (March 8 to April 3) in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. All the women matches will be played in Chennai.
New Delhi and Mumbai will host the semi-finals on March 30 and 31, respectively, while Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue of the April 3 Finals.
The men’s event will carry total prize money of $5.6million, while the total prize money for the women’s event is $400,000. The match timings are yet to be confirmed. But the first match is expected to be at 4:00 pm India time; while the second match (night) will be played from 8:00 p.m. onwards.
“We, as hosts, are fully prepared to organise one of the most entertaining spectacles in world cricket… India has hosted World Cups in 1987, 1996 and 2011. We can assure you this time it will be bigger, better and most entertaining,” Indian board (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said at the launch ceremony.
ICC Chairman and the BCCI president, Shashank Manohar promising a successful tournament said, “India is a country where cricket is a religion and not many places can match the passion for the game like (in) India…. I am fully confident that the BCCI will deliver an outstanding world cricket event”.