For the first since the 2011 World Cup, India and Pakistan are placed in different groups of an ICC event as the schedule for the T20 World Cup 2020 was announced on Tuesday.
Pakitan is currently the No. 1 ranked side in the list of ICC T20I Rankings for teams while India is second.
The men and women cricket world cup and T20 world cup are happening for the first time in the same year and same country in the world’s biggest stadium Melbourne cricket ground.
ICC T20 World Cup has also tweeted about the aggravation of the situation:
Eight teams are confirmed in the ICC Men's #T20WorldCup Super 12 stage.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will fight it out in the First Round against six qualifiers.
Which Super 12 route will be the toughest path to the semi-finals? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/KNJvQkEz1G
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) January 29, 2019
The men’s competition, from October 18 to November 15, will feature several qualifying matches before Australia kicks off the Super 12 group stages on October 24 against top-ranked Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
It will commence on October 25 from the Windies to face off the black caps. Australia, Pakistan, the West Indies, New Zealand and two qualifiers make up one side of the draw. India, England, South Africa and Afghanistan and two qualifiers make up the other side of the draw.
On the other hand, four times championship winners Australian women cricket team is in group A along with New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka and one qualifier, while West Indies and 2009 champions England join South Africa, Pakistan and a second qualifying team.
The women’s final will be played on March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day, and the men’s final will be held on November 15.