World Twenty20 2012 September 21, 2011

England to face India in World Twenty20

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The 2012 World Twenty20 will be held between September 18 and October 12, 2012 in Sri Lanka the ICC have confirmed. Colombo, Pallekele and Hambantota will be venues for the men's tournament, while the women's group games will be played in Galle.

The format will see four groups of three in a preliminary round. England, the defending champions, and India are in Group A and will be joined by one of the Associate or Affiliate teams that qualify. The other qualifying team will be in Group B with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe make up Group C, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are in Group D.

The top two teams in each group will make it through the preliminary round, after which there will be a Super Eight stage, featuring two groups. The format is essentially the same as the last edition in 2010, though there are four fewer teams this time.

The tournament will include two teams qualifying from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012, which will be staged in the United Arab Emirates from March 13-14 2012.

Hosts Sri Lanka will play the tournament's opening fixture against Zimbabwe in Hambantota. England begin their defence against a qualifying team on September 21 and will then play India in Colombo on September 23.

The women's tournament has Australia, India and England in one group with a qualifying team, and New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka with the other qualifying team in the other. The men's and women's semi-finals and finals will be played on the same day, in Colombo. The semi-finals are on October 4 and October 5 with the finals on October 7.

Tickets for the tournament are planned to go on sale to the public from March 1, 2012 and will be available via website and box-office sales in Sri Lanka. The ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat assured they would be reasonably priced.

"We all know how passionate and loyal the Sri Lankan public is towards our sport and we will ensure the tickets are affordable so that they can enjoy the event," he said at the launch of the tournament in Colombo. "Following the success of the recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, I am confident that the hosts, Sri Lanka, will deliver a world-class event."

Lorgat also said the tournament was another opportunity to promote women's cricket. "I am happy that the men's and women's semi-finals and finals will once again be played on the same days at the same venues. We remain committed to showcase women's cricket in this way, which is unique in the world of team sports."

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  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    why Afghanistan Team can not play in this world cup ?Afghanistan is the Best Team Its better deb Bnagladesh canada irlend netharlands

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    adding to my last comment if it is published india will have sri lanka australia and pakistan to play on a turner at premadasa it gonna be intresting hopefully rain says way

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @nskaile - no test world cup in 2013 world t20 in 2014 world cup in 2015 world t20 in 2016 world test world cup in 2017 and so on intresting point everyyear we will have a new and diffrent wrld champ so in 2013 there would be 3 world champs if india dont win either 2012 2013 hopefully they do and plus no 1 rank in odi and test really intresting point but this essentialy means india will play all their games at premedasa as india will go as A2

  • POSTED BY yeh_cheezzz on | September 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @hindh88 you can only dream for India to India only if India even manage to qualify... lol you will be facing your nightmare.. hahaha

  • POSTED BY AjayVijayan on | September 22, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    India will bow out in the first round itself; making the whole IPL a mockery....

    The Players and administrators will realize only when they put the last nail on the coffin... Good luck IPL and T20 and Bad Luck for Cricket

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | September 22, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @zee Yes they are so dangerous and treacherous that they will lose in the first round or will lose to india if they are in future rounds.

  • POSTED BY AMLA-DRAVID-TROTT on | September 22, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    India has a good batting side but their bowling and fielding has to jump if they want to compete. Pakistan has a brilliant bowling side with gul a perfect T20 player. Howver, afrid will have to contribute with the bat as well. Sri lanka has a good top-order and malinga. Not so sure about the middle-order batsmen and the spinner. SA has always looked the most balanced but just have horrible luck. We all no T20 requires luck. Australia have good batsmen. Their opening batsmen(warner and watto) will be a force to reckon with. Just a spinner is lacking England have hit form and have plenty of all-rounders and Swann. not sure about who is going to support him. Jimmy anderson is hopeless on flat wickets. New Zealand have mccullum and vettori, but lack the X-factor. Their fielding might help. WI have gayle, pollard and bravo. Rampaul would be a handful. Just not sure they can solve their internal disputes. Favorites: sri lanka-india-pakistan-SA I just hope rain doesnt affect play.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Why aren't any matches played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/ground/59368.html. Its was even dropped as a venue for the World Cup stating that its was being renovated for the World Twenty20. But no signs of any matches being played there according to the schedule. Its has been a waste of investment, having a stadium with all facilities and floodlights, keeping it idle without utilising it & building two brand new stadiums & ultimately ending up in debts. That's ridiculous this stadium was built just a decade ago. In other countries grounds are owned by clubs and they maintain it. In Sri Lanka most of the grounds are owned by the Cricket Board so they have to maintain it, & its only used for International matches mostly. Currently RPS, GALLE, DUMBULLA,PALLEKELLE, & HABANTHOTA are fully owned by SLC so its a big investment and maintaining them needs big funding. Its like pouring water on a ducks back.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    T20 World cup should be every 3 years or so , this 3 year gap will kill interest really and England will do well as defending champions for sure as they are playing many t20s before this and preparing themselves but I think its sub-continent giants Sri lanka who are going to win it with their spinners..Pakistan is another favourite for me but if they play S.Afridi..but SL all the way for me even though my favourite team is England and then I like SL.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANI_WARRIORS on | September 22, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    PAKISTAN INSHALLAH WILL WIN THE CUP AS WE ALL KNOW PAK HAS A VERY DANGERIOUS T20 OUTFIT GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

  • POSTED BY on | September 24, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    why Afghanistan Team can not play in this world cup ?Afghanistan is the Best Team Its better deb Bnagladesh canada irlend netharlands

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    adding to my last comment if it is published india will have sri lanka australia and pakistan to play on a turner at premadasa it gonna be intresting hopefully rain says way

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    @nskaile - no test world cup in 2013 world t20 in 2014 world cup in 2015 world t20 in 2016 world test world cup in 2017 and so on intresting point everyyear we will have a new and diffrent wrld champ so in 2013 there would be 3 world champs if india dont win either 2012 2013 hopefully they do and plus no 1 rank in odi and test really intresting point but this essentialy means india will play all their games at premedasa as india will go as A2

  • POSTED BY yeh_cheezzz on | September 22, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    @hindh88 you can only dream for India to India only if India even manage to qualify... lol you will be facing your nightmare.. hahaha

  • POSTED BY AjayVijayan on | September 22, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    India will bow out in the first round itself; making the whole IPL a mockery....

    The Players and administrators will realize only when they put the last nail on the coffin... Good luck IPL and T20 and Bad Luck for Cricket

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | September 22, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @zee Yes they are so dangerous and treacherous that they will lose in the first round or will lose to india if they are in future rounds.

  • POSTED BY AMLA-DRAVID-TROTT on | September 22, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    India has a good batting side but their bowling and fielding has to jump if they want to compete. Pakistan has a brilliant bowling side with gul a perfect T20 player. Howver, afrid will have to contribute with the bat as well. Sri lanka has a good top-order and malinga. Not so sure about the middle-order batsmen and the spinner. SA has always looked the most balanced but just have horrible luck. We all no T20 requires luck. Australia have good batsmen. Their opening batsmen(warner and watto) will be a force to reckon with. Just a spinner is lacking England have hit form and have plenty of all-rounders and Swann. not sure about who is going to support him. Jimmy anderson is hopeless on flat wickets. New Zealand have mccullum and vettori, but lack the X-factor. Their fielding might help. WI have gayle, pollard and bravo. Rampaul would be a handful. Just not sure they can solve their internal disputes. Favorites: sri lanka-india-pakistan-SA I just hope rain doesnt affect play.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Why aren't any matches played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/ground/59368.html. Its was even dropped as a venue for the World Cup stating that its was being renovated for the World Twenty20. But no signs of any matches being played there according to the schedule. Its has been a waste of investment, having a stadium with all facilities and floodlights, keeping it idle without utilising it & building two brand new stadiums & ultimately ending up in debts. That's ridiculous this stadium was built just a decade ago. In other countries grounds are owned by clubs and they maintain it. In Sri Lanka most of the grounds are owned by the Cricket Board so they have to maintain it, & its only used for International matches mostly. Currently RPS, GALLE, DUMBULLA,PALLEKELLE, & HABANTHOTA are fully owned by SLC so its a big investment and maintaining them needs big funding. Its like pouring water on a ducks back.....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    T20 World cup should be every 3 years or so , this 3 year gap will kill interest really and England will do well as defending champions for sure as they are playing many t20s before this and preparing themselves but I think its sub-continent giants Sri lanka who are going to win it with their spinners..Pakistan is another favourite for me but if they play S.Afridi..but SL all the way for me even though my favourite team is England and then I like SL.

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANI_WARRIORS on | September 22, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    PAKISTAN INSHALLAH WILL WIN THE CUP AS WE ALL KNOW PAK HAS A VERY DANGERIOUS T20 OUTFIT GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | September 22, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    ENG win in Sri Lanka??? I know England is playing good cricket right now but you have to be delusional to suggest they win in Sri Lankan conditions! I have to say South Africa are very versatile now and can come to the party even in sub continental conditions if they dont CHOKE :) , the other favourites for me are the sub continental giants India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka all of who will be very hard to beat in these conditions if they play to potential like they did in the ODI world cup not so long ago. I'm hoping SL will pull through with the home crowd and the "Malinga factor".

  • POSTED BY Lmaotsetung on | September 22, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Looks like IPL team can't even beat an English county team playing on the subcontinent who is missing its captain and 2 most powerful hitters.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    More Cricket lost interest to watch

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    England and India can win in there home Grounds So put them Out from tournament i dont Know maybe bangaldesh win it hehehe :)))

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    this time sri lanka have chance to win, Bcoz the playing in home ground and strong team too....

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 22, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    @gryfindoors england prior to now was always a horrible team. They had a good run in 2005 ashes, but it seems as that they were only competitive in that series alone. The preliminary rounds don't seem that tough. It seems that strategically 2 strong teams are placed with a weak team. Would have been interesting if 2 weak teams were in one group and 3 strong teams were in the other. Then one team would have to leave early. Now, save for an upset, it is clear that the 9 test teams except bangladesh (again unless there is an upset) will make it to the Super 8s. Would have liked to see the Champion League format in which something like 6 teams would make it. The top team in each bracket and the next 2 teams with highest run rate/points. Would make it more competitive and exciting. The way these preliminary rounds are now is like they're warm up matches

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | September 22, 2011, 3:45 GMT

    My favorites are England,Pakistan,Australia and Sri Lanka....Sri lanka haven't lose a T20 match recently.They are really good in T20s.Malinga,Dilshan,Mahela,sanga,chandimal,Mathews and Ajantha....It looks good for them...

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | September 22, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    Well it's strange to see the best T20 teams in the world SA and SL in the same group, which is quite tough.

  • POSTED BY Griffindoors on | September 22, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    india crushed and trampled england in 2008 in the odi series 5-0 even when england was playing FULL STRENGTH

  • POSTED BY nskaile on | September 22, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    Why i there T20 wc every year now? there was one on 2009 and then 2010 and then ODI WC in 2011 and now another t20 wc in 2012. WHAT IS THIS? SERIOUSLY? Is there gonna be another t20wc in 2013 too and then ODI WC in 2014? Good lord. Only ICC knows how to kill interest in sport.

  • POSTED BY Patchmaster on | September 22, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I remember last time, that so many people were saying ENG had no chance of winning, they 'didn't have the skill or flair' etc etc. Lets hope people say the same (which they seem to be doing) and ENG do the same - win !

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | September 22, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    I think if there was only one World T20 every four years and one 50-over World Cup every fours (No Champions Trophy) everybody will give a lot more respect to these tournaments. I'm just thinking of other sports (nearly all major sports) where the major multi-team championship occur every 4 years and the entire sporting community goes crazy. Even in cricket, the Ashes is played twice over 4 years hence its popularity. Compare that to most series (Tests or ODI's) India overplays because of the BCCI's desire to make more and more money. You can't even remember all the series, they become a blur. Ugh.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 21:21 GMT

    The England team is nothing like they were when they won it last time. I don't think England will do well in this one. I'm guessing either Australia or India will win it. South Africa may look good as well, but everyone knows that they choke when it comes to the big stage - just like New Zealand!

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | September 21, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    India, Pakistan or England will be champions!

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    Why Dambulla is not used as a venue ......ICC ? Dambulla is one of best stadiums in SL

  • POSTED BY ROLAYH on | September 21, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    oh no, not England again... :-)

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | September 21, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Group C and D are tough!! Ind Aus Eng and WI got the easier ones.

  • POSTED BY Saqib_Sheraz on | September 21, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    This is the perfect time for Pakistan to reclaim the title as we all knows the conditions are so familiar..... Don't forget to start bowling with a spinner! best of luck team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY asithaSL on | September 21, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    dnt worry guyz... No rains ...!!!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 21, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Wait a minute!

    Wasn't the original proposed tournament supposed to begin around the March-April months?

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | September 21, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I wonder if a single match will be completed in the whole tournament. Rain will ruin the tournament just like the 2002 Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Dnt lv rain, when its cricket day hopeully all the games will be played on time:) lv t20

  • POSTED BY GlobalCricketLover on | September 21, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    We saw so many rain interruptions in Aus-SL series recently. Not sure if the time of the year is good for the tournment. Hate to see teams being advantages/ disadvantaged due to rain interruptions/washouts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    "The format is essentially the same as the last edition in 2010, though there are four fewer teams this time." there were 4 groups of 3 teams in the preliminary round last in 2010 so there isn't 4 fewer teams this time. I think you're getting confused with the proposed 16 team tournament when the ICC had announced the associate nations not participating the 50 over world cup

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Ohhhh i will hope rain will not affect the tournament...........

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I doubt that atleast 50% of these matches will be washed out due to rain. Timings should be scheduled in such a way that, all matches shall be finished by 10 P.M.

    I dont know anything about South Africa Women's team, are they in qualifies atleast ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Those were days when people of every country eagerly waited for cricket season and these are the days when you see cricket mainly every day. During the past kids used to study enough as there was no cricket for few months and nowadays kids have to find time to study as cricket is all around. No one realizes that too much cricket is not only losing interest we are losing good students all around. I hope too much cricket does not lose interest and/or education.

  • POSTED BY chrisgus on | September 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    i see rain spoiling this tournament

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    I think most matches will be affected b rains.Poor scheduling

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  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    I think most matches will be affected b rains.Poor scheduling

  • POSTED BY chrisgus on | September 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    i see rain spoiling this tournament

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Those were days when people of every country eagerly waited for cricket season and these are the days when you see cricket mainly every day. During the past kids used to study enough as there was no cricket for few months and nowadays kids have to find time to study as cricket is all around. No one realizes that too much cricket is not only losing interest we are losing good students all around. I hope too much cricket does not lose interest and/or education.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    I doubt that atleast 50% of these matches will be washed out due to rain. Timings should be scheduled in such a way that, all matches shall be finished by 10 P.M.

    I dont know anything about South Africa Women's team, are they in qualifies atleast ?

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Ohhhh i will hope rain will not affect the tournament...........

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    "The format is essentially the same as the last edition in 2010, though there are four fewer teams this time." there were 4 groups of 3 teams in the preliminary round last in 2010 so there isn't 4 fewer teams this time. I think you're getting confused with the proposed 16 team tournament when the ICC had announced the associate nations not participating the 50 over world cup

  • POSTED BY GlobalCricketLover on | September 21, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    We saw so many rain interruptions in Aus-SL series recently. Not sure if the time of the year is good for the tournment. Hate to see teams being advantages/ disadvantaged due to rain interruptions/washouts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Dnt lv rain, when its cricket day hopeully all the games will be played on time:) lv t20

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | September 21, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I wonder if a single match will be completed in the whole tournament. Rain will ruin the tournament just like the 2002 Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 21, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Wait a minute!

    Wasn't the original proposed tournament supposed to begin around the March-April months?