World Twenty20 2012 September 21, 2011

England to face India in World Twenty20

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Raheel 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

  • Ajay 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

  • Ajay 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.

  • Anthon 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.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Why aren't any matches played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 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.....

  • Dummy4 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.

  • zeeshan on September 22, 2011, 7:55 GMT


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