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Sunday, March 02, 2014

Schedule of T20 World Cup Cricket 2014

Schedule of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, the fifth edition of the tournament, has been finalized. The T20-based cricket tournament, which will be hosted by Bangladesh, is scheduled to start from March 16 to April 6. All the matches of this tournament will be played in three venues- Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (Dhaka), Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (Chittagong) and Sylhet Divisional Stadium (Sylhet).
Unlike the previous editions of the tournament, this edition will be a different one. In the previous editions, teams had to compete in group stage and super-eight round before the knockout round. However, the format of this edition includes a qualifying round and a super 10 round.
It is perhaps going to be the biggest ever T20 World Cup tournament with having 16 teams, including 10 full members qualified directly and 6 associate members qualified through the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. Out of 16 teams, top eight Test teams has directly entered into super 10 stage leaving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh who finished ninth and tenth ranked team in the ICC Test rankings. These two teams will have to compete with other qualifying teams (Afghanistan, Ireland, Nepal, Hong Kong, UAE and Netherlands) in the first round between March 16 and 21 for the remaining two places in the super 10 stage.
Bangladesh has been included in Group A along with Nepal, Afghanistan and Hong Kong while Group B consists of Zimbabwe, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Netherlands. Winner from each group will be qualified to play in Super 10 round. Group B winner will be included in Group 1 along with South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and New Zealand. On the other hand, Group A winner will make their place in Group 2 along with Australia, India, Pakistan and West Indies.
It is nice to see that timing for the matches of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 is suitable for the viewers living in other Asian countries because there is not much difference between the local times in Asian subcontinent. So, it can be said without any doubt that timing of the T20 World Cup fixture would be compatible for the Asian viewers.
A total of 35 matches will be played in this tournament. Before taking part in the tournament, teams will compete with each other in practice matches starting from March 12. Practice matches will be played in the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Narayanganj, BKSP Ground in Savar and Cox's Bazar Stadium will host practice matches.
Bangladesh’s chance of hosting the Twenty20 World Cup tournament was doubt due to political turmoil inside the country. Countries like Pakistan also raised their concern over security. It was thought that tournament will be rescheduled and shifted to another Asian country. However, thanks to the decision of the ICC officials, Bangladesh has remained the host of the Twenty20 World Cup 2014. Bangladesh has become the second Asian country to host this event second consecutive time. Sri Lanka hosted the previous tournament in 2012.
Date
Match
Group
Teams
Time
Venue
16-03-2014
1st Match
Group A
Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
16-03-2014
2nd Match
Group A
Hong Kong vs Nepal
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
17-03-2014
3rd Match
Group B
Ireland vs Zimbabwe
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Sylhet Stadium
17-03-2014
4th Match
Group B
Netherlands vs United Arab Emirates
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Sylhet Stadium
18-03-2014
5th Match
Group A
Afghanistan vs Hong Kong
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
18-03-2014
6th Match
Group A
Bangladesh vs Nepal
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
19-03-2014
7th Match
Group B
Netherlands vs Zimbabwe
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Sylhet Stadium
19-03-2014
8th Match
Group B
Ireland vs United Arab Emirates
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Sylhet Stadium
20-03-2014
9th Match
Group A
Afghanistan vs Nepal
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
20-03-2014
10th Match
Group A
Bangladesh vs Hong Kong
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
21-03-2014
11th Match
Group B
Zimbabwe vs United Arab
Local 11:30
GMT 05:30
Sylhet Stadium
21-03-2014
12th Match
Group B
Ireland vs Netherlands
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Sylhet Stadium
21-03-2014
13th Match
Group 2
India vs Pakistan
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
22-03-2014
14th Match
Group 1
South Africa vs Sri Lanka
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
22-03-2014
15th Match
Group 1
England vs New Zealand
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
23-03-2014
16th Match
Group 2
Australia vs Pakistan
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
23-03-2014
17th Match
Group 2
India vs West Indies
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
24-03-2014
18th Match
Group 1
New Zealand vs South Africa
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
24-03-2014
19th Match
Group 1
Sri Lanka vs TBC (Qualifier B1)
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
25-03-2014
20th Match
Group 2
West Indies vs TBC (Qualifier A1)
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
27-03-2014
21st March
Group 1
South Africa vs TBC (Qualifier B1)
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
27-03-2014
22nd Match
Group 1
England vs Sri Lanka
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
28-03-2014
23rd Match
Group 2
Australia vs West Indies
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
28-03-2014
24th Match
Group 2
India vs TBC (Qualifier A1)
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
29-03-2014
25th Match
Group 1
New Zealand vs TBC (Qualifier B1)
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
29-03-2014
26th Match
Group 1
England vs South Africa
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
30-03-2014
27th Match
Group 2
Pakistan vs TBC (Qualifier A1)
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
30-03-2014
28th Match
Group 2
Australia vs India
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
31-03-2014
29th Match
Group 1
England vs TBC (Qualifier B1)
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
31-03-2014
30th Match
Group 1
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
01-04-2014
31st Match
Group 2
Australia vs TBC (Qualifier A1)
Local 15:30
GMT 09:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
01-04-2014
32nd Match
Group 2
Pakistan vs West Indies
Local 19:30
GMT 13:30
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
03-04-2014
33rd Match
Semi-Final 1
Group 1 winners vs Group 2 runners-up
Local 19:00
GMT 13:00
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
04-04-2014
34th Match
Semi-Final 2
Group 2 winners vs Group 1 runners-up
Local 19:00
GMT 13:00
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
06-04-2014
35th Match
Final
TBD vs TBD
Local 19:00
GMT 13:00
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

To get more information, one can visit the official website of ICC, ICC World Twenty20

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