Pakistan get easy group in 2009


Pakistan’s impressive run in the inaugural World Twenty20 championship has earned them a place in a relatively easy group in the second edition of the slam-bang contest to be held in 2009 in England.

According to the groups of the 12-nation contest issued by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday, Pakistan, who featured in the T20 final in Johannesburg on September 24, will face England and an ICC associate nation in Group B of the tournament.

It is an easy group if you compare it with Group C which is shared by 2007 World Cup finalists Australia and Sri Lanka and also features the West Indies. The groups were announced by the ICC after a meeting of its Executive Board in Dubai.

The board carried out a discussion on the groupings of the 2009 World Twenty20 Championship following a request by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) which wanted the ICC to determine the groups as soon as possible. The ESC is planning to proceed with the venue-event bidding process in a bid to ensure that the tournament’s tickets could be put on sale at the earliest.

The board reached the conclusion that since not enough matches have been played in this format at the international level, the only way to determine the groupings at this stage is through the finishing positions in the 2007 Twenty20 spectacle held in South Africa in September. India beat Pakistan in the final of the tournament.

The Indians also get a place in an easy Group A with Test minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

The groups (with 2007 finishing positions in brackets): Group A — India (1) Bangladesh (8) Zimbabwe (9). Group B — Pakistan (2) England (7) Associate 1 (10). Group C — Australia (3) Sri Lanka (6) West Indies (11). Group D — New Zealand (4) South Africa (5) Associate 2 (12).

Source:Cricket News

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