India, Pakistan in the same group in sixth edition of World T20

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The much-awaited Pakistan versus India match will be played on March 19 in Dharamsala, in sixth edition of World Twenty20, to be held in 2016. The International Cricket Council (ICC) disclosed this in Mumbai on 11 December.

The tournamnt’s schedule has brought Pakistan, India, Australia and New Zealand in in the same group—Group 2. Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and England are in Group 1.

“Cricket is a religion here and not many places can match the passion for the game like India. I am confident the BCCI will organise a superior event,” said International Cricket Council chairperson Shashank Manohar.

The tournament’s Super 10 stage will be played after the qualifier where four teams of Groups A and B will clash with the best team making it to the Super 10. The winner of Qualifying Group B will enter into Group 1, while the winner of Qualifying Group A will enter into the Group 2 in the Super 10 stage.

A total of 58 matches will be played in Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi.

New Delhi and Mumbai will also host the semi-finals on March 30 and 31, while Eden Gardens host the finals on April 3. There is a reserve day for the Finals.

The men’s event will carry a total prize money of $5.6million, seeing an increase of 86% from the 2014, while the women’s event will carry a total prize money of $400,000, which is a 122% increase from the Bangladesh event.

Pakistan, led by Shahid Afridi, will play against the team that qualifies from Group A on March 16 . Next they will take on India on March 19. A clash against New Zealand and Australia is scheduled for March 22 and 25, respectively.