Mumbai, Dec 11: Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group for next year’s ICC World Twenty20, setting the stage for a high-voltage clash between the two sides on March 19 in Dharamsala.
The ICC today unveiled the groups and schedule of the event, which will be staged across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3.
The two countries are currently undecided on whether to engage in a bilateral series later this month owing to political tensions.
India will open their campaign against New Zealand on March 15 in Nagpur before taking on Pakistan. India’s other matches will be against the qualifying Group A winners in Bengaluru on March 23 and Australia in Mohali on March 27.
A total of 58 matches, including 35 men’s and 23 women’s games, will be played in the 27-day tournament in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.
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 women’s semi-finals and final will be followed by the men’s knock-out matches. There is a reserve day for the finals.
The men’s event will carry a total prize money of USD 5.6 million, which is an 86 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, while the total prize money for the women’s event is USD 400,000, which is a 122 per cent increase from the Bangladesh event.