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India to meet Pakistan on March 19 during World Twenty20

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The Indian cricket team will open its campaign in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 against New Zealand in Nagpur on March 15 next year, followed by a marquee clash against Pakistan in Dharamsala four days later. The ICC announced the groups and itinerary for the sixth instalment of the tournament to be held across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3, confirming that the final will be played at Eden Gardens.

In all, the 2016 World Twenty20 will comprise 58 matches - 35 for the men's teams, 23 for women's - over 27 days across Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. The semi-finals will be played in New Delhi and Mumbai on March 30 and 31 respectively, with Kolkata hosting the summit clash. The women's semi-finals and final will be followed by the men's knock-out matches.

The men's event will see eight teams decided into two groups of four for the first round of matches, from with the group winners will progress to the Super 10 stage starting March 16; this is two groups of five teams. From the second round, the top two teams from both groups will make it to the semi-finals. In the women's event, ten teams will be divided into two groups and the top two from each group will progress to the semis.

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