Tough group awaits England in world T20

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Eoin Morgan’s England have been drawn alongside fellow former winners West Indies, holders Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group stage of next year’s World Twenty20 in India.

The quartet will be joined by the Group B winners – Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong or Afghanistan.

England, victors at the 2010 tournament, take on 2012 winners West Indies in Mumbai on March 16, followed by matches against South Africa (March 18 in Mumbai), the Group B winners (March 23 in New Delhi) and Sri Lanka (March 26 in New Delhi).

India, winners of the inaugural tournament in South Africa in 2007, are in Super 10 Group Two along with 2009 winners Pakistan, trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand, and the Group A winners – Bangladesh, Holland, Ireland or Oman.

The hosts will begin their campaign against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15.

The International Cricket Council announced the schedule at the launch ceremony in Mumbai yesterday. The competition will take place at eight venues from March 8 to April 3, with Mumbai and New Delhi staging the semi-finals and Kolkata the final.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, who attended the draw, said: “India is a country where cricket is a religion and not many places can match the passion for the game like India.

“I am fully confident that the BCCI will deliver an outstanding world cricket evenT.”

Zimbabwe will face Hong Kong in the tournament opener in Nagpur, with Sri Lanka beginning their title defence in Kolkata on March 17.

The top two sides from each Super 10 group will qualify for the semi-finals.

The Super 10 stage will be played alongside the women’s event, from March 15-28.

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