India to host Pakistan at Dharamsala in World T20

Dubai, Dec 11 (IANS) India will take on Pakistan in World Twenty20 2016 on March 19 at Dharamsala while the semi-finals of the tournament will be played in New Delhi and Mumbai, as per the fixtures released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday.

The tournament will be staged across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3. A total of 58 tournament matches, including 35 men’s matches and 23 women’s matches, will be played during the 27-day tournament.

The final will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 3. The women’s semi-finals and final will be followed by the men’s knock-out matches.

India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia are clubbed in Group 2 while South Africa, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka are in Group 1.

Two qualifying teams will join the Super 10s (two groups of five teams) after the first stage of the tournament, which will be held in Dharamsala and Nagpur between March 8 and 13.

The eight teams competing in the qualifying stage have also been split into two groups. Bangladesh, The Netherlands, Ireland and Oman have been slotted into Group A, while Group B comprises Zimbabwe, Scotland, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.

The top 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 will be clubbed in Group 1.

The top two sides from each group of the Super 10s will progress to the semi-finals.

India will take on New Zealand on March 15 in Nagpur in the opening match of the Super 10s stage. They will then face Pakistan on March 19, the qualifying team in the group on March 23 in Bengaluru and Australia in Mohali on March 27.

The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6 million — an 86 percent increase from the 2014 tournament — while the total prize money for the women’s event is $400,000 — a 122 per cent increase.

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