World T20 2012: Format of the tournament

Updated: 18 September 2012 14:05 IST

The format of the fourth edition of the ICC World T20 is same as it was in 2010. There are twelve teams participating in the tournament - ten Test playing nations and two associate members.

World T20 2012: Format of the tournament
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The format of the fourth edition of the ICC World T20 is same as it was in 2010. There are twelve teams participating in the tournament - ten Test playing nations and two associate members. They are: Australia, South Africa, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland (Associate Member) and Afghanistan (Associate Member).

In the preliminary round, there are four groups (A, B, C, D) consisting of three teams each. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Eight stage, which consists of two Groups (E, F).  

In the Super Eight stage, Group E will comprise of top teams from Group A and C, while Group F will consist of top teams for Group B and D. Top seeded teams will play second seeded teams from the other group. For e.g: C1 will play B2 and D2, A1 will play B2 and D2, B1 will C2 and D1 will play A2 and C2. Top two from each Super Eight group will qualify for the semi-finals.

Each win gives a team 2 points, while an abandoned match means each team will be given a point each. The team that loses gets nothing. However, in case of a tie, the points are not divided and a Super Over decides the winner. This is applicable in all matches of the tournament - group as well as Super Eight.

Super Over: In case of a tied match, each team nominates three batsmen and a bowler. The team that scores the most in that over wins the match. In case of tie, the team that has hit the maximum number of sixes wins.

In each group, teams are ranked based on the following criteria:

1. Higher number of points
2. If equal, higher number of wins
3. If still equal, higher net run rate
4. If still equal, lower bowling strike rate
5. If still equal, result of head to head meeting.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Groups

GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
England (A1) Australia (B1) Sri Lanka (C1) Pakistan (D1)
India (A2) West Indies (B2) South Africa (C2) New Zealand (D2)
Afghanistan (Q2) Ireland (Q1) Zimbabwe Bangladesh


*If a team ranked third in the starting groups qualifies for the Super Eight, it will adopt the seeding code of the team they have replaced, e.g. if Q2 qualify at England?s expense in second place after the group stage, they would be A1 and India still A2.

Super Eight (S8) Groups

Group 1 - A1, B2, C1, D2
Group 2 - A2, B1, C2, D1

FIXTURES

Tues 18 Sep

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (1930-2230)

Hambantota

Wed 19 Sep

Australia v Q1 (1530-1830)

Colombo

Wed 19 Sep

India v Q2 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Thurs 20 Sep

South Africa v Zimbabwe (1930-2230)

Hambantota

Fri 21 Sep

New Zealand v Bangladesh (1530-1830)

Pallekele

Fri 21 Sep

England v Q2 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Sat 22 Sep

Sri Lanka v South Africa (1530-1830)

Hambantota

Sat 22 Sep

Australia v West Indies (1930-2230)

Colombo

Sun 23 Sep

Pakistan v New Zealand (1530-1830)

Pallekele

Sun 23 Sep

England v India (1930-2230)

Colombo

Mon 24 Sep

West Indies v Qualifier 1 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Tues 25 Sep

Pakistan v Bangladesh (1930-2230)

Pallekele

Thurs 27 Sep

C1 v D2 (1530-1830)

Pallekele

Thurs 27 Sep

A1 v B2 (1930-2230)

Pallekele

Fri 28 Sep

D1 v C2 (1530-1830)

Colombo

Fri 28 Sep

B1 v A2 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Sat 29 Sep

A1 v D2 (1530-1830)

Pallekele

Sat 29 Sep

C1 v B2 (1930-2230)

Pallekele

Sun 30 Sep

B1 v C2 (1530-1830)

Colombo

Sun 30 Sep

D1 v A2 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Mon 1 Oct

B2 v D2 (1530-1830)

Pallekele

Mon 1 Oct

A1 v C1 (1930-2230)

Pallekele

Tues 2 Oct

B1 v D1 (1530-1830)

Colombo

Wed 3 Oct

Women's Play Off A4 v B3 (0930-1215)

TBC

Wed 3 Oct

Women's Play Off A3 v B4 (0930-1215)

TBC

Tues 2 Oct

A2 v C2 (1930-2230)

Colombo

Thurs 4 Oct

Women's semi-final A1 v B2 (1430-1730)

Colombo

Thurs 4 Oct

Men's semi-final S8 Group-1 first v S8 Group-2 second (1900-2200)

Colombo

Fri 5 Oct

Women's semi-final A2 v B1 (1430-1730)

Colombo

Fri 5 Oct

Men's semi-final S8 Group-2 first v S8 Group-1 second (1900-2200)

Colombo

Sun 7 Oct

Women's final (1430-1730)

Colombo

Sun 7 Oct

Men's final (1900-2200)

Colombo

Topics : Cricket Lasith Malinga Kevin Pietersen ICC World Twenty20 2012
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