T20 World Cup: India to open campaign against South Africa

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The Men in Blue have failed to win the T20 World Cup after their triumph in the inaugural edition in 2007.
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Dubai: Former champions India will square off against South Africa in their opening match of the men's T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Tuesday.

India's opening match will take place in Perth on October 24 while the tournament will get under way from October 18 with qualifying rounds in South Geelong.

India, who lost in the semifinals to eventual champions West Indies in the last edition in 2016, face a qualifying team in their next Super 12 match in Melbourne on October 29. India won the inaugural tournament in 2007.

The men's competition, from October 18 to November 15, will feature several qualifying matches before hosts Australia take on world's top-ranked Pakistan in the first match of the tournament-proper on October 24 under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "Whenever we host an event in Australia we know we can guarantee the one billion cricket fans around the world a great show.

"The world's best players. Outstanding venues. Noisy, passionate, knowledgeable fans. Exciting cricket. This is the perfect combination for a T20 World Cup and in 2020 we go one step further with two T20 World Cups (both men's and women's) in one year."

Defending champions West Indies play their first Super 12 group stage match against New Zealand on October 25 in Melbourne.

Australia, Pakistan, the West Indies, New Zealand and two qualifiers make up Group 1 of the Super 12 stage. India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan and two qualifiers make up the other group.

The first semifinal will take place at the SCG on November 11, with Adelaide Oval hosting the second semifinal the following night.

The final will be played at the MCG on November 15.

The tournament will be held in eight Australian cities and 13 venues.

ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO Nick Hockley said: "We're so excited to be able to let fans all around Australia and the world know when and where their teams will play, so they can start planning now.

ICC men's T20 World Cup Schedule:

First round

October 18, 2020: Sri Lanka v Qualifier A3, Kardinia Park, South Geelong; Qualifier A2 v Qualifier A4, Kardinia Park, South Geelong.

October 19, 2020: Bangladesh v Qualifier B3, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania; Qualifier B2 v Qualifier B4, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania.

October 20, 2020: Qualifier A3 v Qualifier A4, Kardinia Park, South Geelong; Sri Lanka v Qualifier A2, Kardinia Park, South Geelong.

October 21, 2020: Qualifier B3 v Qualifier B4, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania; Bangladesh v Qualifier B2, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania.

October 22, 2020: Qualifier A2 v Qualifier A3, Kardinia Park, South Geelong; Sri Lanka v Qualifier A4, Kardinia Park, South Geelong.

October 23, 2020: Qualifier B2 v Qualifier B3, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania; Bangladesh v Qualifier B4, Bellerive Oval, Tasmania

Super 12

October 24, 2020: Australia v Pakistan, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; India v South Africa, Perth Stadium, Perth.

October 25, 2020: A1 v B2, Blundstone Arena, Hobart; New Zealand v Windies, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

October 26, 2020: Afghanistan v A2, Perth Stadium, Perth; England v B1, Perth Stadium, Perth.

October 27, 2020: New Zealand v B2, Blundstone Arena, Hobart;

October 28, 2020: Afghanistan v B1, Perth Stadium, Perth; Australia v Windies, Perth Stadium, Perth.

October 29, 2020: Pakistan v A1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; India v A2, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

October 30, 2020: England v South Africa, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; Windies v B2, Perth Stadium, Perth.

October 31, 2020: Pakistan v New Zealand, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane; Australia v A1, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane.

November 1, 2020: South Africa v Afghanistan, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide; India v England, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

November 2, 2020: A2 v B1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; New Zealand v A1, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane.

November 3, 2020: Pakistan v Windies, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide; Australia v B2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

November 4, 2020: England v Afghanistan, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane.

November 5, 2020: South Africa v A2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide; India v B1, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

November 6, 2020: Pakistan v B2, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; Australia v New Zealand, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

November 7, 2020: England v A2, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide; Windies v A1, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

November 8, 2020: South Africa v B1, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; India v Afghanistan, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

Semifinals

November 11, 2020: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

November 12, 2020: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.

Final

November 15, 2020: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.

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