T20 WC 2020: Why India and Pakistan aren’t drawn in the same group
The intriguing schedule for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Australia has recently been announced. The captivating competition comprises 12 teams that would spice it up in the most-watched mega event. Digging a bit deep into the qualification process, there will be four qualifiers (two in each group).
Following the qualifying round, the opening day of the ‘Super 12 stage’ on October 24 will be one heck of a doubleheader at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney (SCG) in Sydney and Perth. Pakistan and Australia are scheduled to go against each other in the opening fixture of the opening day at the SCG, India and South Africa are set to go one on one in Perth on the same day itself. But the talking point was that India and Pakistan aren’t drawn in the same group and this has happened for the first time ever since the 2011 World Cup in the Indian sub-continent.
Here’s the reason why both nations aren’t slotted in the same group:
The Green Shirts are now ruling the truncated version of the game and are ranked No.1 T20I side as per the ICC rankings. On the other end of the spectrum, India aren’t too far behind and are ranked second. For being the top 2 sides in T20Is, the teams couldn’t be placed in the same group and as a result, the supporters won’t get a visual treat to watch their teams play in the Super 12 stage.
India and Pakistan only play each other in tourneys organised only by the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council (ICC) that hosts the Asia Cup. Both the nations last renewed their rivalry in the 2018 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where the Men in Blue came through with flying colours on both occasions.
In the bilateral series, both the nations last played each other when Pakistan toured India in 2012-13 for an ODI and T20I series. It has been learnt that both nations won’t be playing each other in the ICC Test Championship. Had it not been for political tensions between the two Asian giants, the fans could have watched both teams playing against each other then and then.