2022 T20 World Cup: India, Pakistan to lock horns in their opening encounter
It will be a rematch of last year’s final when Australia defends its Twenty20 World Cup title against New Zealand on October 22 in Sydney. For the first time, the Australians will host the tournament, which starts on Oct. 16 and runs until Nov. 13.
India and Pakistan will lock horns in the opening match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, October 23. There will be high emotions in this Super 12 Group B clash, as both teams look to start their World Cup campaign on a high note.
The hosts have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage alongside New Zealand, who they defeated in Dubai in November, along with England and Afghanistan, the winners of Group A and runners up in Group B from the first round.
India, Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, along with the winners and runners-up of Group B, will compete in Group 2.
There will be a total of 16 teams competing in the tournament, which will take place in Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Sri Lanka and Namibia will play in the opening round in Geelong on Oct. 16 in Group A, where they will be joined by two qualifiers.
On Nov. 13, the final will be played under the lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and will feature the West Indies, Scotland, and two additional qualifiers.
In each group, the top two teams will qualify for the Super 12 stage.
Geoff Allardice, CEO of the ICC, said: “T20 is the global growth format for cricket, and the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 will play a major role in inspiring our next generation of players and fans, as the world’s top players descend on Australia.”
Michelle Enright, CEO of the ICC T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee, said, “The T20 World Cup fixtures give fans the opportunity to start planning their experience, which is now just 268 days away.”
“We hope to make as many people as possible aware of the incredible atmosphere that international fans bring to global sporting events, as well as the unique, fast-paced and unpredictable nature of T20 cricket by having matches spread across the nation in seven host cities.”