Dubai, January 21: Hosts Australia will face New Zealand in the opening Super 12 game of the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in a repeat of the all-antipodean 2021 final while the blockbuster India vs Pakistan clash will happen at MCG on Sunday, October 23.
ICC on Thursday released tge fixture list for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia with the draw for the First Round and Super 12 groups also confirmed.
The tournament will run between Sunday 18 October and Sunday 13 November, with 16 teams set to compete and seven cities to host matches across Australia. Twelve of those 16 nations are already confirmed, with the final four to be determined by Global Qualifying.
The Super 12
England, New Zealand, Australia and Afghanistan have been drawn together in Group 1, with India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh heading into Group 2.
The Super 12 will start in dramatic fashion in Sydney with a meeting between the two finalists from the 2021 World Cup, with New Zealand facing defending champions Australia on Saturday 22 October.
And the excitement of the opening weekend doesn’t stop there, with India and Pakistan scheduled to meet on Sunday 23 October, the second day of the Super 12 stage, in what will be one of the most hotly-anticipated matches of the tournament.
The Super 12 will run for a fortnight, with the two groups set to reach their conclusion on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November.
The Key Fixtures
In addition to the Australia v New Zealand and Pakistan v India matches on the opening weekend, a scattering of other fixtures stand out as likely key games in the Super 12 stage.
There will be a repeat of the 2021 semi-final between England and New Zealand when the two nations meet in an evening match at The Gabba on Tuesday 1 November in what is both teams’ penultimate group game.
And Pakistan are scheduled to face Bangladesh in Adelaide on the final afternoon of the Super 12 stage.
The First Round
The tournament will begin with a six-day group stage to determine the final four teams to qualify for the Super 12.
Sri Lanka and Namibia will be joined by two further qualifiers in Group A, with West Indies and Scotland drawn together alongside two additional teams from the Global Qualifier in Group B.
The First Round will consist of daily double-headers, held on alternate days at Hobart’s Bellerive Oval and Geelong’s Kardinia Park, with all Group A matches at the latter venue and all Group B matches held in the Tasmanian city.
All fixtures will be held between Sunday 16 October and Friday 21 October.
The winner of Group A and runner-up of Group B will join Group 1 in the Super 12 stage, with Group B’s winners and the second-placed team in Group A heading into Group 2.
The Knockout Stages
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host the first semi-final on Wednesday 9 November, with the second semi-final held the following day at the Adelaide Oval.
The final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is scheduled for 19:00 local time at the 100,024-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Tournament Venues
There will be seven venues in total at the tournament. Kardinia Park in Geelong will host six matches, exclusively in the opening week’s First Round, while Bellerive Oval in Hobart will host nine games in total, six in the first round and three further matches during the opening three days of the Super 12 stage.
The remainder of the Super 12 matches will be held at the following stadiums:
Sydney Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground