The group stage tie between India and Pakistan would be played at Dharamsala on March 19 © Getty Images (File Photo)
The group stage tie between India and Pakistan would be played at Dharamsala on March 19 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Former ICC World T20 Champions India (2007) and Pakistan (2009) were drawn in the same group of the ICC world T20 2016, set to be held in India from March. India and Pakistan, who are the arch-rivals in cricket, set up an electric atmosphere in every cricketing encounter, especially in the ICC platforms. The group stage tie would be played at Dharamsala on March 19. Both the teams would be featuring in Group B, along side Australia and New Zealand as well, who are yet to win this tournament. However, there is a question mark over Pakistan’s participation in the tournament as they mulled withdrawing if India failed to play a bilateral series against them in December this year. In Group A, former champions West Indies and Egland were drawn against defending champions Sri Lanka along with South Africa, who are yet to win this tournbament as well.

The tournament will be featuring 16 teams from around the world for the second time in a row, with the 10 full member of the ICC earning an automatic qualification spot, while six associate nations are being joined in the tournament, who have qualified by playing the ICC World T20 qualifiers in Ireland and Scotland, played between July 6 to 26. Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman are the teams who have qualified through the tournament. Owing to the qualification in the tournament, Oman have secured a full time International T20 status.

The top eight teams in the ICC T20I Championship rankings will make it to the Super 10 stage automatically. However, if one of the top eight teams turns out to be an associate nation, the next full member ranked in the table would be taking its place. The remaining eight teams would be competing in the group stage, out of which two teams would be advancing to the Super 10 stage.