The World T20 will be contested by 16 teams which have been 'seeded' and divided into two rounds of competition. The First Round and the Second Round:
The First Round will consist of eight teams divided into two groups of four based on their seeding as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
|A1: Bangladesh||B1: Zimbabwe|
|A2: Afghanistan||B2: Ireland|
|A3: Nepal||B3: UAE|
|A4: Hong Kong||B4: Netherlands|
In the First Round each team will play every other team in its group. Points will be allocated for each match in accordance with the system described in clause 21.10 of these playing conditions, which will apply throughout the competition.
Following the completion of the First Round, the team that finishes first in each group will progress to the Second Round (the Super 10 series).
The team that finishes first in Group A will be placed in Group 2 in the Second Round, and the team that finishes first in Group B will be placed in Group 1 in the Second Round.
The Second Round will consist of ten teams divided into two groups of five based on their seeding as follows:
|Group 1||Group 2|
|Sri Lanka (1)||West Indies (2)|
|England (4)||India (3)|
|South Africa (5)||Pakistan (6)|
|New Zealand (8)||Australia (7)|
|B1: Netherlands||A1: Bangladesh|
During the Second Round, each team will play every other team in its group. Points will be allocated for each match in accordance with the system de-scribed in clause 21.10 of these playing conditions. No points from the first Round will be carried forward to the Second Round.
The top two teams from each group in the Second Round of the competition will progress to the Semi-Finals where the team placed first in Group 1 will play the team placed second in Group 2 and the team placed first in Group 2 will play the team placed second in Group 1.
The winners of the Semi-Finals will contest the Final.
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