ICC World T20 : Dharmshala to host India vs Pakistan clash on March 19

India, Pakistan, and Australia have been clubbed together in the ICC World Twenty20 to be held between March 11-April 3 in 2016 hosted by India. Total sixteen teams will take part in the World T20 tournament.

The teams taking part have been divided into two groups. Additional nations apart from the 10 Test-playing countries will have to pass the hurdle of round one. Winners of this round will move to the second round where they will fight against the big 10.

Super 10 Group 1 – Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England and winner group B (Q1B)

Super 10 Group 2 – India, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and winner group A (Q1A)

India and New Zealand will kick off the tournament in Nagpur on March 15. The most anticipated clash between arch rivals, India and Pakistan, will take place at Dharamshalaon March 19. The Semifinals will be held at Delhi and Mumbai and Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host the final match on April 3.

The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6million, which is an 86% increase from the 2014 tournament, said ICC statement.

“India is a country where cricket is a religion and not many places can match the passion for the game like India. I am fully confident that the Board of Control for Cricket in India will deliver an outstanding world cricket event, just like the ICC Cricket World Cups in 1987, 1996 and 2011.

“The ICC and BCCI are fully committed and will work together to make this a memorable event. I invite fans from across the world to witness fast-paced cricketing action on the field and enjoy the hospitality and culture of India, off it,” said ICC Chairman Mr Shashank Manohar at the launch ceremonty.

BCCI Secretary Mr Anurag Thakur said, “We, as hosts, are fully prepared to organise one of the most entertaining spectacles in world cricket. We draw experience from hosting three ICC Cricket World Cups and are ready to make the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 one of the most memorable events.”

“Our preparations are in full swing, and BCCI and ICC is working together to make it a lifetime experience for the players and the fans. India is a vibrant country – young, full of colour, energy and exuberance – and is very much like the concept of Twenty20 cricket itself. We would encourage everyone involved with the game to experience the best of India.”

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