India will open its campaign in the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup against archrival Pakistan on February 12 in Cape Town, according to the fixture announced by the ICC on Monday.
India has been placed in Group 2 along with England, West Indies, Pakistan and qualifier Ireland in the February 10-26 tournament to be held in South Africa.
India’s second match will also be played in Cape Town against West Indies on February 15 before it takes on England and Ireland on February 18 and 20 in Gqeberha.
Host South Africa will take on Sri Lanka in the inaugural match in Cape Town. The final will be held on February 26, also in Cape Town, with a reserve day available on the next day in case of major interruptions in play on the designated date.
Cape Town, Paarl and Gqeberha will host the matches of the tournament with the knockout matches set to be played in Cape Town. Twenty-three matches will be played in the 10-team tournament.
Bangladesh and Ireland complete the list of participating teams, joining Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the eighth edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Five-time title winner and defending champion Australia is grouped alongside its Trans-Tasmanian rival New Zealand, host South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Group 1.
Bangladesh recently won the Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier final by beating Ireland, the other qualified team which has been placed in Group 2.
In the group stage, which runs until February 21, each team will take on the other four teams in its group once. The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stage play the semifinals.
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