On expected terms, arch-rivals India and Pakistan have been placed in the same group in the Super 12 of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup as the governing body announced the groups of the quadrennial event on Friday.
The ICC T20 World Cup will kickstart in Oman with the qualifying round from October 17.
Former champions Sri Lanka have been placed in Group A alongside Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia while Bangladesh will be joined by Oman, PNG, and Scotland in Group B.
The winner of Group A and the runner-up of Group B will join the likes of Australia, South Africa, 2010 champions England and defending champions West Indies in Group 1.
Similarly, the winner of Group B and the runner-up of Group A will join arch-rival and former champions India and Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan in Group 2.
Acting ICC CEO George Allardice said-
“We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great match ups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer.
“Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups. There is no doubt we will witness some highly competitive cricket when the event gets underway in just three months,” he said.
The Men's #T20WorldCup 2021 groups are out 📋
The top two teams from each group will progress to the Super 12.
Who are your picks? 👀
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) July 16, 2021
The final of the T20 World Cup will take place on November 14.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Groups-
Group A– Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Ireland, Namibia
Group B– Oman, PNG, Scotland, Bangladesh
Group 1– Australia, West Indies, South Africa, England, Winner of Group A, Runner-up of Group B
Group 2– India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Winner of Group B, Runner-up of Group A