Australia unseeded for 2010 World Twenty20

Updated: 06 July 2009 09:04 IST

Reigning 50-over world champions Australia, have been ranked below Bangladesh for next year's WT20 in the Caribbean, organisers announced on Sunday.

Australia unseeded for 2010 World Twenty20

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Reigning 50-over world champions Australia, have been ranked below Bangladesh for next year's World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, organisers announced on Sunday.

Seedings are based primarily on the results of last month's second edition of the tournament in England, which saw Pakistan, losing finalists in 2007, beat Sri Lanka at Lord's to take the trophy.

Australia lost both their group matches, against the West Indies and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh too also failed to make it through to the second round, after defeats by minnows Ireland and 2007 champions India.

But Bangladesh emerged with a slightly better, if still negative, run-rate compared to that of Australia (-0.996 to -1.331).

Both countries have now been placed in the same first round Group A, along with defending champions Pakistan.

The top two sides from each of the four groups in the 12-nation men's tournament will go through to the second round Super Eights from which the top four sides for the semi-finals will be drawn.

Should Australia qualify at Bangladesh's expense they would inherit their rivals' A2 seeding.

Bangladesh, if they got through instead of Australia, would remain as A2 regardless of whether they or Pakistan topped the group.

In one of cricket's greatest shocks, Bangladesh beat Australia by five wickets in a 50 over one-day international at Cardiff - where the 2009 Ashes begin on Wedenesday - in 2005.

The semi-finals and final of the eight-team women's tournament will take place on the same days and at the same venues as the corresponding men's matches, a move that was widely seen as helping give women's cricket a greater profile during last month's World Twenty20.


Group and Fixture schedule for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean:

Men's event

Group A: Pakistan (A1), Bangladesh (A2), Australia

Group B: Sri Lanka (B1), New Zealand (B2), Zimbabwe

Group C: South Africa (C1), India (C2), Qualifier One

Group D: West Indies (D1), England (D2), Qualifier Two

Fixtures

Group stage

Apr 30: Guyana: Opening ceremony, WIS vs Q2, SRI vs NZL

May 01: St Lucia: IND vs Q1, PAK v BAN

May 01: Guyana: ENG vs Q2

May 02: St Lucia: RSA vs IND, PAK v AUS

May 02: Guyana: NZL vs ZIM

May 03: Guyana: WIS vs ENG, SRI v ZIM

May 04: Barbados: RSA vs Q1, BAN vs AUS

Super Eights

May 06: Barbados: A1 vs D2, C1 vs B2

May 07: Barbados: A2 vs C2, B1 vs D1

May 08: Barbados: C1 vs D2, A1 vs B2

May 09: Barbados: C2 vs D1, B1 vs A2

May 10: St Lucia: B2 vs D2, A1 vs C1

May 11: St Lucia: B1 vs C2, D1 vs A2

Semi-finals

May 13: St Lucia: 1st semi-final

May 14: St Lucia: 2nd semi-final

Final

May 16: Barbados: Final

Women's event

Group A: England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa

Group B: New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan


Fixtures

Group stage:

May 05: St Kitts: WIS vs RSA, ENG vs AUS

May 06: St Kitts: SRI vs PAK, NZL vs IND

May 07: St Kitts: AUS vs RSA, ENG vs WIS

May 08: St Kitts: IND vs PAK, NZL vs SRI

May 09: St Kitts: ENG vs RSA, AUS vs WIS

May 10: St Kitts: NZL vs RSA, IND vs SRI


Top two from each group qualify for semi-finals

Semi-finals

May 13: St Lucia: 1st semi-final

May 14: St Lucia: 2nd semi-final

Final

May 16: Barbados: Final



Topics : Cricket Australia
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