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Sachin Tendulkar names his top 4 semifinalists for T20 WC

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Sachin Tendulkar predicts the semi-finalists for T20 WC

According to legend Sachin Tendulkar, India, Pakistan, Australia, and England are the front-runners for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup semis race. In a recent interview with a publication, Tendulkar stated that India has the required combination to win the title this time. Notably, India will face arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening clash on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Here is the full statement

“I would obviously want India to be the champions but my top four would be India, Pakistan, Australia, and England,” Tendulkar said in an interview with Telegraph India.“India has a very good chance. This team is well-balanced and we have the combination to go out and deliver. In fact, I am quite hopeful of our chances and going the full distance.”

Dates, format, and venues of the T20 WC

The eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will feature 16 teams playing 45 matches in seven Australian cities between 16 October and 13 November.

The group teams of T20 WC 2022

First Round

Group A

Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates

Group B

Ireland, Scotland, West Indies, Zimbabwe

Super 12

Group 1

Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Group A winner, Group B runner-up

Group 2

Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Group B winner, Group A runner-up.

Venues

Seven venues across Australia will be used in total during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the final and the semi-finals are set to be played at Adelaide Oval and the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Gabba in Brisbane, Kardinia Park in Geelong, Bellerive Oval in Hobart, and Perth Stadium are the other host venues.

Tournament format

This year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup takes place in three stages.

The First Round sees two groups of four teams participating in a round-robin. The top two teams from each group progress to the Super 12 stage.

The eight nations competing in the First Round consist of the four lowest-ranked nations to have automatically qualified for the tournament at the cut-off point – Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.

They will be joined by two teams from each of the Qualifier tournaments held in 2022.

Ireland and UAE progressed in Qualifier A in Oman back in February, with Netherlands and Zimbabwe triumphing in Qualifier B in Zimbabwe in July.

The top team from Group A and the second team from Group B enter Group 1 of the Super 12s, with the top finishers in Group B and the second-placed side from Group A going into Group 2.

The Super 12 stage sees two groups of six play a round-robin, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the knock-out stage.

The knock-out stage consists of two semi-finals and the Final at the MCG on November 13.

Points system

In both the First Round and Super 12 group stages the following points system will apply:

Win: 2 points

Tie, no result or abandoned: 1 point

Loss or forfeit: 0 points

Key dates

The tournament commences: 16 October

Namibia and Sri Lanka get the tournament underway in the opening match in Group A of the First Round.

Netherlands and United Arab Emirates will also feature on an opening day at Kardinia Park in Geelong.

First Round concludes: on 21 October

The short and sharp opening phase of the tournament comes to an end on 21 October with back-to-back Group B matches in Hobart.

Ireland takes on West Indies in the first game of the day at the Bellerive Oval, with Scotland set to face Zimbabwe later the same day.

Super 12 stage commences: 22 October

The tournament then moves quickly into the Super 12 stage, with two fascinating matches scheduled to get Group 1 underway.

Hosts Australia takes on rivals New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with Afghanistan facing England in Perth on the same day.

Super 12 stage concludes: 6 November

Group 2 will bring the Super 12 to a stage to a close with the prospect of qualification likely to still be in the balance.

Bangladesh and Pakistan meet in Adelaide for an afternoon encounter, with India rounding things off with an evening match in Melbourne against the winners of Group B from the First Round.

Semi-finals: 9 November and 10 November

The top two teams from each Super 12 stage group will progress to the semi-finals, scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 9 November, and Adelaide Oval on 10 November.

Final: 13 November

The tournament reaches its conclusion with the Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 13 November, barring the need for the reserve day to be used on 14 November.

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