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Cox's Bazaar dropped as World T20 venue

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 27, 2013

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The fireworks start as West Indies get their hands on the prize, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
West Indies will begin their title defence on March 23 against India in Mirpur © Getty Images

Cox's Bazaar has been dropped as a venue for the 2014 World T20 to be held in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6. Sylhet, another venue considered doubtful due to ongoing work at the stadium, has been retained.

On Sunday, the ICC announced that Sylhet would host all first-round fixtures of the Women's World T20 and a few group matches of the World T20, along with Mirpur and Chittagong. All six knockout matches will be played in Mirpur.

Sylhet and Cox's Bazaar were in doubt because of ongoing development in the stadiums and were given an extension by the ICC till November 30, after accepting Bangladesh Cricket Board's request. The original deadline for the completion of the stadiums was September 30.

Campbell Jamieson, the ICC general manager - commercial, said he was confident of Bangladesh hosting a tournament successfully, like they have in the past. "Bangladesh hosted the ICC Champions Trophy in 1998 [then known as the ICC KnockOut] and most recently the World Cup 2011, along with India and Sri Lanka. Following the legacies of these two successful events, as well as the U-19 World Cup 2004, I'm confident that Bangladesh will once again produce a world-class tournament."

Groups for the 2014 World T20

  • Men's Super 10 Groups
  • Group 1: SL, England, SA, NZ, qualifier 1
  • Group 2: WI, India, Pakistan, Australia, qualifier 2
  • Women's Groups
  • Group A: Australia, NZ, SA, Pakistan, Ireland
  • Group B: England, WI, India, SL, Bangladesh

The format for the World T20 has been modified to accommodate 16 teams in this edition, as compared to 12 in the last edition. The top eight sides of the ICC's T20 team rankings as on October 8, 2012 have been given direct entry into the Super 10 stage. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who finished outside the top eight, will compete with six other qualifying teams in the first round from March 16 to 21 for the remaining two places in the Super 10 groups.

The eight teams in the first round have been divided into two groups of four teams each with table-toppers progressing to the next stage. The six qualifying teams to join the first round will be decided at the end of the World T20 qualifiers to be held in the UAE between November 15 and 30. If Bangladesh reach the Super 10 stage, they will play all their matches in Mirpur, facing West Indies, India, Pakistan and Australia.

The Super 10 stage will commence with a match between India and Pakistan in Mirpur on March 21. West Indies will begin their title defence on March 23 against India in Mirpur and will play the rest of their group matches against Pakistan, Australia and a qualifying team.

The women's teams, increased from eight to ten, have been divided into two groups of five teams each. Australia, the women's T20 defending champions, will start their campaign for a third title against New Zealand on March 23. The knockout games for both tournaments will be played on the same day at the same venue.

Jamieson said a large chunk of the tickets for the tournament will be available locally: "The majority of tickets will be available for the public here in Bangladesh. I mean a very high percentage, a significant proportion. Moneygram outlets throughout the country. I anticipate the demand for tickets will far outweigh the supply, which is great for the game of cricket but it is a challenge when the sales takes place." Tickets go on sale from November 10.

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Posted by   on (October 29, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

If its real cricket world cup so why all full members not participate for qualification round just two team from full member and other associate teams. If its cricket role to full member teams play directly to the world than why Bangladesh and Zimbabwe not playing.

Posted by shahzaibq on (October 28, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

Why can't cricket take a leaf out of soccer's book, and guarantee qualification ONLY to the defending champions and the host nation? It'll be a massive slap in the face of the administrators if Bangladesh fails to qualify... Which might not be so far-fetched given the strength of nations like Afghanistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe... Very rarely has the ICC been able to organize successful multi-nation tournaments without a major controversy... Let's see if this one bucks the trend.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@ Rohit... it will be foolish to count NZ out in T20 !!! they have some world class hitters nd a very good T20 unit

Posted by Stark62 on (October 28, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

@ Perera32 Umm.......

You do realise Pak is 2nd, Ind 3rd and the Windies 4th in the T20 rankings?!?!

The three best teams after SL are in the same group, so how does that work out?

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

As far as the ICC is concerned the 'World' consists of 10 Countries!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 28, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

It will be the first time in any sports that the hosts are not participating the main tournament! Afgan will qualify for sure. And based on recent form, Zim got the chance. I think Afgan is far better than Srilanka who do not have performing youngsters in their team.

Posted by British_North_America on (October 28, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Bangladesh will be knocked out from the first round by Ireland and we will never watch the games going to Stadium.Shame on ICC financial management.

Posted by Cyril_Knight on (October 28, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Scrap this nonsensical tournament and put T20 in the Commonwealth Games, a gold medal would mean so much more and provide incentive for non-established nations to invest, alternative sources of sponsorship and a wider audience.

MCC is lobbying for the inclusion of T20 at 2022 Olympics, this should be supported by all cricket lovers. But first get it in the Commonwealths and test the global appeal. Cricket needs to stop resting on its Indian Rupee and think bigger and better, with long-term goals for expansion.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

that is So Good let's who is the Win the Game Trophy but i wish the we win INDIA .............?

Posted by Perera32 on (October 28, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

@Rohit... : Mate, the teams are put into groups according to their Ranking position in T20's. The ICC doesn't single handed put whatever teams they want into whatever group. The reason Bangladesh is not in a group yet is because they a in a very low rank atm. There are 2 higher ranked teams in each group (SL, SA, IND, PAK) and two lower rank teams in each group (AUS, NZ, ENG, WI). However I do agree group 2 is stronger despite the rankings.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

still not satisfied with the format of the World cup. It should have been like IPL, top 8 teams playing each other i.e. seven match per team n then qualifiers and Eliminator. This would have made a very competitive World Cup. And to make it more interesting top 6 teams should have qualified automatically and bottom four could fight for other two spots.

Posted by Rohit... on (October 28, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

SL again got lucky ... Maybe ICC felt that the last WC final's rain prediction was unfair to them... SO they granted them easy qualification to the Semis... SL & SA will make it to the semis irrespective of the Qualifier-1 team.

Posted by ThKhan on (October 28, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Such a ridiculous time for WC, u will see RAIN playing more dominant role then the players and techniques

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Why the authority did not consider Fatullah as one as the venue? Wasn't Fatullah a better option rather than going for a brand new one and missed that completely? Why the think tankers are mostly proved dumb in Bangladesh...???

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (October 28, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Pak, Ind, W.I. and Aussies in one group. Wow that's going to be tough for Pak. But Pak and W.I. have better units by far. On the other hand look at the other group. I would say Eng and SA are almost thru since they are in a weaker group unless Bangladesh make in their group. BD are certain to qualify. They would have upper hand if they are in group 2. As far as SL is concern it doesnt matter whichever group they are in. They will choke for sure. I do believe it is unfair on BD because they are much better side and they still have to quality while on other hand weaker team like SL gets direct entry.

Posted by penultimatum on (October 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

With these kind of formats cricket will remain a sport which would be played and watched by 8-10 countries at max, the format has not been changed to increase number of teams to 16 but to decrease the team count to 10.. Why should ICC go through all the pain of organizing the T20 Qualifier when the 6 teams that actually qualify from that tournament are mostly not gonna play in the real tournament.. With these kinda of formats, slowly interest will die down in associates and cricket will die soon, football is such a great game because it gives every small country a chance to play in WC.. Cricket can never reach great heights as football or rugby..

Sandeep from India

Posted by British_North_America on (October 28, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Daniel Ahmed If you trust ICC T20 rankings then you would see that Afghanistan is 2 ranks behind New Zealand and 3 ranks behind Australia.Do you really believe that?

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (October 28, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Sri lanka in a easy group along with NZ , SA & ENG who don't play spin well. Hope there won't be SL & IND semifinal again..

Posted by sidh78 on (October 28, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

why india in tough group always.and sl always in easy fan claim that their team is good.but they never win any title becoz they have not skill of wining at big stages in big matches like india

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 28, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

This is dumb - when the ICC said they were expanding to 16 teams I was hoping for a Football WC style event with 4 groups of 4 teams each with quarter finals and a final - oh well I guess having been disappointed by the ICC for decades we cricket fans should have learned our lesson not to expect too much from them.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

I think its absolutely fair that BD needs to qualify to take part in the WC. I mean look at the rankings, BD is lower than Afghanistan and Ireland, if BD automatically qualify then it is absolutely unfair for the other associates. On the other hand, I felt the tournament lacks organization, WC is round the corner and only today ICC declares that BD has to qualify. Its just a bit odd to see that the host needs to qualify. I personally think every team should take part in qualifying rounds, this way the associates and the weaker team get exposure to stronger opponents.

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

really srilanka always being lucky team in worldcup here again ......... also in 2015 world cup.....they are luck rounded is unfair for team like nepal afganistan....which is not getting chance well ..... any way supporting srilanka always ...

Posted by   on (October 28, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

This is just ridiculous, why would you have the host nation play a qualifier? That way, the sport will never grow unlike other international sports. Bad planning from ICC. As a Pakistani, I want to see the passionate crowd of Bangladesh in these matches, excited and energized. Don't know what Mustafa Kamal is doing there, should help out his board.

Posted by DD_f0rever on (October 27, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

OMG ! Ind, Pak, World Champions WI and Never-Say-Die-Aussies in one group. Toughest group.

But SL are really lucky. They have again been put in an easier group. NZ, Eng always struggle in sub-continent. And SA in big tournaments always perform below par.

Last T-20 Ind had won 5 out of 6 matches and still they were not able to qualify for semi-finals whereas SL had won just 3 or 4 out of 6 matches and still somehow managed to make it to semis. I really hope this time, they create fair points system.

Posted by suve on (October 27, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

Nahian Ahmed: Do you seriously think Bangladesh are better than SL, NZ and Pak. Sri Lanka are the NO 1 Ranked team in T20's mate. Pakistan in these conditions are lethal and NZ have done extremely well in world cups in the Sub-Continent, infact NZ have done better than England and SA in World cups in the last 2-3 years. I seriously doubt Bangladesh have what it takes to even qualify vs teams like Ireland, Zimb, UAE and Afghanistan. In truth does Bangladesh even deserve to qualify, What have they achieved in the last 10 years? Poor decision ICC, this WT20 should've been played elsewhere.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

Why does every ICC tournament have to have more and more rounds? Don't they get that this kind of crazy schedule bloat is what people don't enjoy about them?

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Its basically a 10 team world cup with 18 teams fighting for only 2 available spots over 2 qualifying rounds. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have already been given qualification from first round to the second. Basically the only 2 available spots will be filled by either Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan or Ireland. If ICC really wanted to save money they could arrange a tournament only between these four teams for the 2 available spots. ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES !!!

Posted by anton1234 on (October 27, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Bangladesh should have been guaranteed a place in the Super 10 i.e. the tournament proper. If they don't qualify the fans in the country may lose enthusiasm for the tournament.

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 27, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

As a Pakistani fan I should say that Bangladesh should have been in Super10 they're the host nation and wayy more deserving than the teams they gonna play qualifiers with what if some upset happen and bangladesh didn't qualify..Bangladesh crowd has always been amazing and it would be ridiculous if they get out before main games..this is poor from ICC..

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Honestly bd captain and players are not that disappointed with this decision. They are ready for the challenge . The problem is t20 can be ny1s. Game can change anytime and it can be anyone's day. where as in 50/50 u show ur class,planning and ability. What's wrong is that we bd supporters should stop saying stuffs to ICC and just get ready for it. Just have faith. It's not a bad decision either.BD cudnt break the wall and go to the next round since ages . They can start earlier and get more ready to face bigger teams and if they don't get through then maybe others are better than bd and we have to leave the tournament accepting that. Stop saying bd can win or it's a piece of a cake. Don't underestimate them cuz don't forget our ranking .We are not india or Sa . But Ofcourse whole world knows we are capable of beating anyone, we are going up the curve,young and hungry to go up the ranking and earn the repo. To get respect we have to go through challenges. Or else just exit .Be frank.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Honestly bd captain and players are not that disappointed with this decision. They are ready for the challenge . The problem is t20 can be ny1s. Game can change anytime and it can be anyone's day. where as in 50/50 u show ur class,planning and ability. What's wrong is that we bd supporters should stop saying stuffs to ICC and just get ready for it. Just have faith. It's not a bad decision either . BD cudnt break the wall and go to the next round since ages . They can start earlier and get more ready to face bigger teams and if they don't get through then maybe others are better than bd and we have to leave the tournament accepting that. Stop saying bd can win or it's a piece of a cake. Don't underestimate them cuz don't forget our ranking . We are not india or Sa . But Ofcourse whole world knows we are capable of beating anyone, we are going up the curve,young and hungry to go up the ranking and earn the repo. To get respect we have to go through challenges. Or else just exit .Be fra

Posted by Bang_La on (October 27, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

@pitch_curator; you could have not used such derogatory words to describe Bangladesh as a poor team. Bangladesh is still ahead in test match records over NZ, it has not taken 26 years for Bangladesh to register their first win. Agree?

About limited overs matches? Lets see that too. Bangladesh's record in T-20 matches is pathetic. I admit. Maybe NZ has an admirable records in the WC but how many times they clinched the cup? Bangladesh also have not put hands on the cups yet. Remember the warm-up match in 2007? Bangladesh won. Remember the clean white wash that Bangladesh had done to NZ? We are hopeful about the upcoming 50-over series soon to be played. We will see. :) So be in senses when you open mouth to talk, okay? :)

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

India in Toughest group. Difficult for us to make next level

Posted by cricanalyserbd on (October 27, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

It's only 10 teams' world cup, not 16 teams.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

there should have been 4 groups, 39 games which will allow all qualified associate teams a chance to play big teams....the fixtures announced r best suited for 50 ovr WC and not t20....

Posted by pitch_curator on (October 27, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

@ Nahian Ahmed - U think BD is better than NZ, SL and Pak?? OMG !! NZ has a phenomenal record in world cups and SL have been reaching finals of ICC tournaments almost every time. Pakistan is THE most successful team in T-20 World cups so far and is a sure shot semi finalist. FYI - I am from India. Fact of the matter is that BD is a poor team

Posted by rakon_me on (October 27, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

wow..looks to be an exciting world cup...India plays against WI,PAK,AUS and possibly bangla/afghan...and all matches are in Dhaka..and the world cup comes after the asia cup in feb/march indian fans must look forward to these two events...we need to make amends in these two tournaments...

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Blade-Runner on (October 27, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

"they should have sent India thru the qualification round instead of BD....."

R U joking man??

If you are using this yardstick for BD, then it's SL has to go thru qualification round as IND thrashing SL everytime everywhere.

Nevertheless Bangladesh will easily qualify & will meet SL in main round. Then we will see if SL can be better of BD or else.

Posted by santa724 on (October 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

16 teams 4 groups first 2 from each group qualifies for knock out stages this is how the tournament to be organised i think that associates and affiliates teams have the right to qualify for tournament we know how zim beat aus in 2007 ned beat eng in 2009 and afghanistan came close to beat india in 2012 t20 wc i believed that the minnows will beat any one of the top teams now that hope is crashed i will hope that ban and ire would not in same group in qualifiers for world cup this 2 teams deserved to be in super ten stages of the tournament

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

ya i liked icc dicitions.As a bd fan am sure we will play is the main trunament and will prove our class that in our home we can be more dangerous than anyone. #bdfans just pray for our team N cheer up! the bengal tigers gonna do it...

Posted by RKEY on (October 27, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Well there is no Doubt that Bangladesh will get into super 10 .In fact there is an advantage for cricket Board of Bangladesh as Home team will play more games and hence the more crowd!!!More money and successful the tournament.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

that's gd we hope Afghanistan and Ireland will make to 10 teams

Posted by gsamiru on (October 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

All of a sudden, a huge cloud of uncertainty, most probably BD will qualify and play in the main draw. But decision wise, this is not fair at all. For me, if you host one of the world's most entertaining sports saga, no mater what you should play in the main contest.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Doesnt matter if Bangladesh will have to play or not Play the Qualifiers, but it does really matter when the Bangladesh Cricket Board used lots of money to build a new stadium and it is left out. But ICC should have given a direct qualification to Bangladesh Men's team as they are host and as Women TeAm Are given qualification I think.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

Its been deliberately done i think.Why BAN and ZIM have to play qualify match against the ASSOCIATE countries?If ICC doubt over BAN and ZIM then i think they must arrange ODIs and T20s against BAN and ZIM for the associates in their FTP schedule.This will definitely prove how good or bad are BAN and ZIM.But plz dont insult the fan of BAN and ZIm with these deliberate tricks.

Posted by vinaysk99 on (October 27, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

This should have been the format for 2015 ODI World Cup instead, Top 8 teams qualify to 2nd Round, 4-5 other teams play in the 1st Round and the top team in this round would qualify to 2nd Round and 2nd round shall have matches played between all 9 teams. This could have reduced a number of boring one sided odi games in the world cup. Top 4 Teams in Round 2 shall qualify for the semis.

Posted by alipaki on (October 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Nahain do you really think so that bangladesh is better than pakistan and srilanka?Its a big surprise for me atleast

Posted by Crikoot on (October 27, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Bangladesh should simply pull out of this tournament. Its been deliberately done to humiliate Bangladesh -- guess who are they! Its time to stand up and say "NO".

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Great groupings excellent way to organize the t20 world cup i guess the 50 over world cup should be changed to this format bangladesh & zimbabwe or ireland will make it through to the super 10 from their all matches are crunch & for tournaments sake i hope bangladesh qualifys

Posted by Herath-UK on (October 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

BD will have to stand up & be counted without asking favours. If they can't get over a non test member that's said all.Ireland & Zim probably look stronger. I'll cheer Sri Lanka all the way to the trophy! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Surprised!!! This is so disappointing that a host nation has to play qualifier round. In some way Team Bangladesh is better than other. Than what about NZ, SL and Pakistan? Anyways let the boys give slap on the face of ICC at the end of the tournament :)

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Bangladesh is very upset today with this double blow by ICC..First, Cox Bazaar won't be hosting any world t20 match and second, they have to qualify to participate in a tournament that they are hosting.. But I don't know why they are scared to play in the qualification round? Are they afraid of Ireland and Afghanistan? If you are afraid of these affiliates team then what would you do in front of test playing nations? BD is a test playing nation and I am sure they will qualify only If they get this fear of losing to minnows out of their mind.. BD fans are just overreacting, Why don't you believe in ur team? They will do well.. ICC too has to change It's mindset..It's an insult to BD that they have to qualify to participate in an event they(BD) are hosting.. I am an Indian fan and I want bangladesh to play.. If they don't qualify, the magnitude of shame for BD would be even higher than this..I think this is what they are afraid of.. #BestofluckBD

Posted by LionsofLanka on (October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

Group 1 is much much tougher than Group 2. World no1 & last w/c finalist Sri Lanka may have tough time in the tournament. NZL, SA & ENG are very good T20 teams than AUS,PAK & IND. If Bangladesh joins Group 1, it will be toughest competition in that group.

Posted by British_North_America on (October 27, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

super_six This time we are host, if w are upset, we will make you upset as well in empty stands with no people.

Posted by Kazi_Rajib on (October 27, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Will Qatar play qualifying round for 2022 WC football? All will say "No" .Then why Bangladesh?

Posted by Patdabac on (October 27, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Oh dear me, what if Bangladesh don't qualify for the 1st round? If that happens the crowds will just not turn up in big numbers to watch the other teams play. ICC what is the matter with you? Bangladesh shouldn't of hosted this WC. I must admit by Bangladesh's previous records, they have crumbled under pressure and they might find it difficult to qualify for the actual tournament itself.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (October 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Tough to predict the winner. But teams with good slow bowling options would do well, watch out for sunil narines, ajmals and the ashwins!!!

Posted by Perera32 on (October 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan will be the top sides of this world cup. The other foreign teams cannot be competitive in the Sub-continent vs these 3 teams. SA and Eng have very little chance as their batsmen cannot play spin and that's a fact. Australia lack good spinners and WI are very inconsistent. Bangladesh are no where near a top team yet.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (October 27, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

What if the home team doesn't qualify? Zimbabwe, Ireland, Afghanistan all are more than capable of making it tough for Bangladesh . Will the home crowd still show interest if they fail to qualify, seriously its hard to understand ICC.

Posted by SUPER_SIX on (October 27, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Bangladesh fans are upset because they know they can't win in qualifying round.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

is there any tournament in the world where there host team has to play qualifying round? even south Africa didn't play 2010 football WC qualifying where they aren't participating in 2014 WC

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

Host nationhas to go through qualifier round to play in the tournament they are hosting? I don't know I heard that before in my life.. ICC is a wonderland of nuisances.. Not surprised though.. I really wish India to win it again and become the only nation to win it twice.. World T20 2014 will be a run-fest and bowling massacre..

Posted by amhrajib on (October 27, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

i think bangladesh will be the next world t20 champion. insh-allah and they will prove their abilities.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

It is an excellent opportunity for Bangladesh to prove that India do not have to take IPL to South Africa, if general elections in India warrants it. And, that Bangladesh is quite capable of managing it well. It will be mutually beneficial to both India and Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

The ICC really are inept. They made a good decision in having 16 teams and having 6 associates play the tournament, now it's possible for none of those associates to even play a top 8 nation. Heads need to roll at ICC because whoever is making the decisions has no idea how to better the game.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 27, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Also what a poor format. 2 groups of 5 is useless and main event should have had 12 teams. Very poor play by the ICC.

Posted by PratUSA on (October 27, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

It's wrong to have a qualifying in the main event. What's the next month's tournament about then? 2007 world cup has damaged cricket. That was the right format and same should had been adopted here, with 4 groups of 4 teams each and top two qualifying for super 8s. ICC is too worried about a major team being knocked out early. So what? That's the beauty of sport. A little less money won't hurt as much as killing the game itself might one day.

Posted by Shafi66 on (October 27, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

The decision of ICC about Bangladesh is not acceptable.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

only excited for India vs Pakistan match... Good luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

host team should play directly to the main event.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

what if bangladesh fails to qualify , a tournament without the host nation, isn't it that the host nation gets automatic qualification for a major tournament :s

Posted by CodandChips on (October 27, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Fair gorups except should be more asociate teams. Sri Lanka were the best team by miles last time. Aus and India are very dangerous. Newzealand are massively underated, Pakistan and West Indies massively overated. Eng and South Africa were very dissapointing last time, as were India. I think India will win.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 27, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

I think its unethical that BD have to go thru the qualification round.They are the host for god's sake. I guess that the ICC don't care about the commercial aspect of this tournament coz all game will be played on empty stadiums if BD don't qualify. I think that they should have sent India thru the qualification round instead of BD coz BD have a better chance of making it to the semis than 'em.

Posted by Stark62 on (October 27, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

So no. 2, 3 and 4 are all in the same group?!?!

I see the icc is trying to get one of SA or Eng to qualify for the semi's as they would have stood no chance against the likes of WI, Pak, Ind or even, Aus.

Posted by Major85D on (October 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

why there are allways the same teams in wc in each group?? england, new zealand and sri lanka in A and india, pakistan and west indies in B?? i know because of the icc ranking, but it would be more interesting to mix it time after time.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Count those 16 teams :)

Posted by KingAjmal on (October 27, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Cricket is the only major sport that is not spreading to other countries. Never been a fan of ICC. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are here to fill the ranks and really its the 8 small nations that play all the Cricket.

Posted by Bang_La on (October 27, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@ CRIC_FAN94, thank you for your logical proposal.

I never been to Bogra Shaheed Chandu Stadium but have heard that the field was excellent to arrange matches of international standard with a few modifications and arranging accommodations for players and officials, if the steps were taken in right time.

@dear EnglishCricket, we Bangladeshis don't do certain things viz; whining and ACHOOS like you :)

Posted by CrICkeeet on (October 27, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

I agree with some comments here, A HOST Nation, no matter it is Bengal or Nepal or China.. should qualify directly.. ICC should learn something from FIFA that how to spread a game..

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 27, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

@englishcricket totally agree with you mate @warmcoffee why? Bangladesh are much better than all those associates, defensive thinking. In UAE conditions we will easily beat Ireland because the weather in England and Ireland as well as the wickets are no-where like in subcontinent.

Posted by humi_cric on (October 27, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

If you look at the world cup 2019 qualification criteria then you can see England is already qualified, HOST (NO ICC ranking criteria for England). What is Mustafa Kamal of Bangladesh is doing in ICC ????? disappointed with BCB, A Pakistani Fan.

Posted by Blue_Moon on (October 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

It is going to be very very difficult for both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to Qualify for the Super 10 Groups because Afghanistan and Ireland have very strong teams. If Host nation doesn't qualify, which is the possibility then the Tournament will lose a bit of importance. Very bad decision. A Pakistani fan

Posted by shiviverma on (October 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

doesn't the hosts get qualified by default?? i mean in any game including football where qualifiers are held for all spots except the host...??

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

couldnt belive cox bazar left out , the most beautiful place in bangladesh , also sylhet should have atleast 1 bangladesh game thats unfair for people in sylhet i guess

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 27, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

I'm happy as a bangla fan. It means more Cricket matches for the team and as long as we can avoid Ireland in the group then Bangladesh should win with ease.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 27, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Agree with the format being unnecessarily long winded/complex. They could have still had the same number of qualifying teams in 4 groups of 4. I know the qualifiers haven't qualified yet but the draw doesn't need to be made until nearer the time. I suppose the good thing about this format is (I understand it right) that it gives the minnows more games and therefore more experience.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 27, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

@humi_cric on (October 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT)/ tiger1984 on (October 27, 2013, 8:43 GMT) - We had numerous comms re one group being significantly tougher than the other when down to the last 8 of the last T20 WC and then the final featured teams from the other group. I will agree that on paper group 2 looks tougher but then I was surprised that Aus were so low down the rankings and that Pakistan were 2nd. SL are 1 but I'd probably make India or WI favourites

Posted by EnglishCricket on (October 27, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

I don't understand why bangla fans are complaining. Although I agree with you the format is beyond ridiculous but Bangladesh should really win in first round should you? if not then the team doesn't deserve to go through simple as that. Enough whining please.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (October 27, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Shameful that a host nation has to play qualifying round, since when does that happen in any other sport? Also BCB were incompetent in making the Cox Bazar stadium in time, which I believe has the longest natural beach in the world...! For Bangladesh the only solace they will get from the qualifying rounds is making some t20i records and match practice. Very poor ICC..

Posted by kzaman on (October 27, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Possibly this is the first time the host have to to through qualifying round. This doesn't seem to be fair at all.

Posted by CRIC_FAN94 on (October 27, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

Bangladesh must be awarded a direct entry into the tournament as a host nation just similar to the formula followed by FIFA and BTW Bangladesh is a test playing nation Indian Fan

Posted by asikbadhon on (October 27, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

The tournament is going to held in BD and BD needs to qualify!This is the first time I am hearing this type of nonsense system!!!Why big teams don't want to play with minnows!!!Are they afraid to lose to a minnow!!!I can remeber how mighty Pakistan and India lost to us in world cup,though they were atleast 10 times stronger than us!Ireland also beat Pakistan and us in world cup!It' only a game!If big teams don't play with new teams!then how can they improve!In t20 big fish and small fish come nearer,I think that's why they don't want to play with them!Please make two groups with 8 teams!It will be more competitive!If BD can qualify then it is ok,but if they fail,the stadiums will not be half full!In t20 anything is possible!Grow up ICC! Cricket is not for few countries!!!

Posted by tanvir0452 on (October 27, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

if you think that top 8 should play directly and rest of the teams should play the qualifying round, then please make equal matches for each team in a certain are making such a ridiculous format for test world cup also where some test nations like india, england australia they are playing 8/10 test annualy while some others are playing only 3/4 matches....

Posted by hpc1 on (October 27, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

Its looking like 2012 CLT20 format, 8 Teams already qualified,rest of 2 teams will be decided after qualifier round. Top team of 2 qualifier groups will be reach Group Stage

Posted by tanvir0452 on (October 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

just cant understand why a test nation should play the qualifying round....may be this time Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, these teams are not in top 8 but in t20 anything can, this could be a probability that next time other than these two such as England, India, Australia etc. they are out of top 8....what will be then..?? they will also have to play the qualifying round....damn sure, ICC will re change the rule then....simply ridiculous idea....totally shocked with such a pathetic idea from the think-tanks of ICC....

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Tough group

Posted by kbilgrami on (October 27, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

If you have 8 top teams and 8 lesser ones competing then Quarter-finals are uselss. It would mean that no matter how bad you play in group matches but as long as you win against BD or Afghanistan etc, you will still qualify for quarter finals (top 4 in each group)! More emphasis should be on group match performance and less on knock-out matches. 1992 World Cup format was great but since the teams are more in number,it would have been better if each team played once against each other team in the group and top two qualify for Semis. QF increases the chances of elimination of a very good team too early.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

Faizan Kabor... as your best knowledge PAK is not crossing 100 is test how you tall they are perfect team of t20...

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Bangladesh lost a great opportunity to showcase Cox's Bazaar in all its glory and beauty infront of the world stage. Bureaucracy is the one to blame here.

Posted by AbdulRauf-99 on (October 27, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Can somebody please tell me that in which month this tournament is going to start?

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 27, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

I don't understand so the World T20 for 2014 will have 2 halves? I have no problem with the format. What I have a problem is that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe haven't played anywhere near amount of T20s as this so so called "top 8" in the last 3 years so clearly unfair.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

so which will be fourth team in Semis? (in addition to Pak, Ind, SL)

Posted by Munkeymomo on (October 27, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

Not sure I like the format, 4 groups of 4 would be better. At least we get 4 other teams though.

Posted by tiger1984 on (October 27, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

Group 2 , is easily the group of death

Posted by humi_cric on (October 27, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

Group 2 looks to me bit tough then group 1. What we saw in last Asia cup, team batting second (chasing), mostly wins and conditions are usually batting friendly, so India is among the favourites for me. Being a Pakistani supporter and also Pakistan performed very well in all World T20 events, I love to see them again lifting the World T20 cup. Anyway, good luck to all the teams. Golden chance for Ireland and Afghanistan to replace atleast one team -Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, though would be very painful to Bangladeshi supporters if their team dn't get the chance to qualify for super 10 group.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

All the strong teams are pilled in same group.WI,PAK,IND AND AUS...

Posted by SSGupta on (October 27, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

I don't agree with the format. The best would have been 4 groups of 4 team each. Then top two teams of each group qualify for the Super 8 stage. Super 8 to have two groups of 4 teams each - just like we have in earlier editions. Even quarter finals could have been there to give better chances for upsets. The first round of 8 teams doesn't make any sense. It will be just like another qualifying tournament. I wish ICC should rethink on the format.

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Though it was known ages ago, it still seems amazing to me what lengths the ICC can go to prevent the Associate and Affiliate teams from playing against the "top teams". What is wrong with a 4 groups with 4 teams each format if you want to have 16 teams, with the top 2 from each group qualifying to the quarters?

ICC really needs to come out of its shell and make cricket a global sport.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 27, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

The format is really poor.Why the TEST status awarded team would have to play the qualifier to qualify for the main stage of World CuP???Its really amazing and annoying!!!!Cheers to ICC.........

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

The World T20 in my opinion was the one tournament, the format of which ICC had got right. They've changed that too!

Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

pakistan win t20 2014 because pakistan perfact team of t20....

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