T20 World Cup 2021: India to face Pakistan on October 24

T20 World Cup 2021: India to face Pakistan on October 24

India and Pakistan are in the same group alongside New Zealand and Afghanistan.

Virat Kohli and Babar Azam
Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup is set to commence on October 17. The world cricketing body revealed the groups of the teams in action last month and soon, the full schedule will be out of the tournament. Eight teams will face-off in the round 1 first to qualify for the Super 12. The top 8 teams according to the rankings as on March 20, 2021 have already qualified for the main round and will fight it for the glory.

India and Pakistan, the arch-rivals, have been clubbed in the same group along with New Zealand and Afghanistan and two more teams from the qualifiers will join them later. Among all the matches, the game between India and Pakistan is much-awaited for the cricket fans across the world.

And it has now been revealed that the high octane clash will be played on October 24. The source in the know of developments has confirmed the same saying, “Yes, the arch-rivals will clash on October 24.” However, the whole schedule hasn’t been announced yet and is expected to be done soon.

Few matches to be played in Oman too

With the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to go on until October 15, few matches of the qualifying round are expected to be played in Oman. The hosts BCCI are working on the same and it has been understood that Oman will host its group matches as they have been clubbed with Papua New Guinea, Scotland and Bangladesh. The two teams from this group will make it to the Super 12.

The other group comprises of Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka and the top two teams from this group will also make it to the next round. All the matches of the Super 12 round will be mostly played across three venues – Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi – in the UAE.

Coming back to the clash between India and Pakistan, the Men in Green have never emerged victorious against their arch-rivals in a World Cup game of any format. It remains to be seen if India manages to continue their winning run against Pakistan this time around as well.