The Sixth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 will be held in India from 8 March to 3 April. This is the third time that the biennial tournament will be hosted by an Asian country. Sri Lanka hosted the tournament in 2012 and Bangladesh in 2014. Sri Lanka, which won the 2014 tournament, is the defending champion.
35 matches will be played in seven cities across India. The names of the cities and the venues where they would be played include Eden Gardens in Kolkata, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala, Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali and Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. New Delhi and Mumbai would also be hosting the semi-finals, while the finals would be played in Kolkata.
In total 16 teams will play in the tournament. Of these, 10 are full members and 6 associate members. The full member teams include India, the host country, Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The six Associate Members that qualified through the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier that was played in Ireland and Scotland in 2015 include Hong Kong, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and Oman. Eight of the full member teams, excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, have already been selected in the Super 10 stage. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, along with the 6 associate members, will compete in the group stage. The two winners of the group stage match will join the other eight teams in the Super 10 stage.
The first round matches will be held in Dharamsala and Nagpur from 8 March to 13 March. The eight teams will be divided into two groups - Group A and Group B. Group A would comprise Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands and Oman. The Group B would consist of Hong King, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
The two winners of Group A and Group B would join rest of the eight teams in the Super 10 stage which would he held from 15 March to 28 March. The Super 10 matches have Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 teams are Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England, and winner of Group B in group stage matches. Group 2 teams are India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia and winner of Group A in group stage matches. This will be followed by knockout stages, including semi-finals and the final. The first semi-final will be played on 30 March 2016, between winner of Group 1 and the runner-up of Group 2. The second semi-final will be played on 31 March 2016, between the winner of Group 2 and the runner-up of Group 1. The final will be played on 3 April 2016 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Last Updated on : February 4, 2016