The ICC World T20 2016 tournament will begin from March 8 in Nagpur while the final will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 3 © Getty Images (Representation Image)
The ICC World T20 2016 tournament will begin from March 8 in Nagpur while the final will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on April 3 © Getty Images (Representation Image)

ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016 is just around the corner with the qualifiers beginning from March 8 and the final will take place on April 3. The Indian cricket team will play warm-up matches in their build-up to the ICC World T20 2016 at Kolkata and Mumbai. It must be remembered that India will be hosting the ICC World T20 tournament for the very first time, having won the inaugural edition in 2007 in South Africa. India will be facing South Africa in Mumbai and the West Indies in Kolkata, on March 10 and 12 respectively. While the main round of the ICC World T20 2016 begins on March 15, the qualifying round will be played from March 8-13. Eight teams have already qualified for the main round, whereas one team each from two groups of four will qualify for the main tournament. READ: Sanath Jayasuriya backs Angelo Mathews to lead Sri Lanka in ICC world T20 2016

The teams who will be playing in the first round — the qualification round of the ICC World T20 2016 — the warm-up matches have already begun fro March 3, in Dharamsala and Mohali. The eight teams who already have qualified for the tournament will be playing their warm-up matches — two each — from March 10-15. Matches are are slotted in afternoon and evening. Though the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) are still fighting to hold matches in their venue, as of now there are no confirmations on the matches being shifted to other venues. READ: India go to ICC World T20 2016 ranked No. 1 in ICC rankings

The semi-final will be played at Delhi and Mumbai with the final slotted to play at Eden Gardens. After winning the Asia Cup T20 2016 title, former cricketers from every country consider India to be favorites.

DATE & TIME MATCHES VENUE
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Hong Kong vs Zimbabwe Nagpur
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Afghanistan vs Scotland Nagpur
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Bangladesh vs Netherlands Dharamsala
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Ireland vs Oman Dharamsala
Thurs, Mar 10, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Scotland vs Zimbabwe Nagpur
Thurs, Mar 10, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Afghanistan vs Hong Kong Nagpur
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Oman vs Netherlands Dharamsala
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Bangladesh vs Ireland Dharamsala
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe Nagpur
Sat, Mar 12, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Hong Kong v Scotland Nagpur
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Ireland vs Netherlands Dharamsala
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Bangladesh vs Oman Dharamsala
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT India vs New Zealand Nagpur
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Pakistan vs TBA Kolkata
Wed, Mar 16, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT England vs West Indies Mumbai
Thurs, Mar 17, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Sri Lanka vs TBA Kolkata
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT New Zealand vs Australia Dharamsala
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT South Africa vs England Mumbai
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT India vs Pakistan Dharamsala
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT South Africa vs TBA Mumbai
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Sri Lanka vs West Indies Bengaluru
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT Australia vs TBA Bengaluru
Tue, Mar 22, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT New Zealand vs Pakistan Mohali
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT England vs TBA Delhi
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT India vs TBA Bengaluru
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT Australia vs Pakistan Mohali
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT South Africa vs West Indies Nagpur
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT New Zeland vs TBA Kolkata
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT England vs Sri Lanka Delhi
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT West Indies vs TBA Nagpur
Sun, Mar 27, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:30 IST | 14:00 GMT India vs Australia Mohali
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 (20 Ovs), 15:00 IST | 09:30 GMT South Africa vs Sri Lanka Delhi
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT England vs New Zealand, Semi-Final 1 Delhi
Thurs, Mar 31, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT India vs West Indies, Semi-Final 2 Mumbai
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 (20 Ovs), 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT England v West Indies, Final Kolkata

Sri Lanka will be the defending champions in this editions, as they had defeated India in the final of the tournament held in Bangladesh in 2014.