Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the match schedule and reveals the event logo of the 2012 World Twenty20, which will be staged in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7.
Reigning champion England will begin its title defence at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 21, against one of 2 qualifiers for the tournament.
Australia, chasing the one global trophy to have escaped them, will go head-to-head with the other qualifier in Colombo on 19 September, part of a double-header that also features India and a qualifier.
Sri Lanka, which lost to England in the semi-final of last year’s tournament in the West Indies, will open its battle against Zimbabwe under lights in Hambantota on 1st day of the tournament (September 18) before taking on South Africa at the same venue on September 22.
Pakistan has been grouped with New Zealand and Bangladesh, and will play its matches in Pallekele on September 23 and 25 respectively. While, Pallekele will also host the New Zealand-Bangladesh match on September 21.
The tournament will comprise 2 teams qualifying from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012, which will be staged in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from March 13-24.
“It will be exciting to see who eventually qualifies. In 2010, Afghanistan made history by qualifying to play on the global stage which was great reward for them and the development of the game,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.
The logo will be used on a fragmentary basis over the next 12 months and will feature on publicity and promotional material during the build-up to and during what will be the 4th ICC World Twenty20.