South Africa is in the same group with Bangladesh in T20 World Cup. The two teams will meet in Sydney on October 27.
However, Shakib Al Hasan’s team is getting a chance to play a warm-up match against the Proteas before entering the main event of the World Cup. Bangladesh will also play against Afghanistan as part of World Cup preparations.
Today, ICC has announced the schedule of World Cup warm-up matches of 16 participating teams including Bangladesh. The first round of this year’s T20 World Cup will begin on October 16. Eight teams will be divided into two groups.
The top four teams advance to the second round or Super Twelve, where eight teams are already positioned based on their performances in the previous season. Bangladesh team is in the ‘B’ group of the Super Twelve, where apart from South Africa, India and Pakistan are opponents. The other two opponents will be final from the first round.
The warm-up matches have also been held earlier – from October 10, as the first round teams will enter the field earlier. The preparation of the teams that have made it to the Super Twelve, including Bangladesh, will begin from October 17. On the first day, Bangladesh will face Afghanistan at the Allan Boarder Ground in Brisbane. Australia-India, New Zealand-South Africa and England-Pakistan will face each other on the same day.
South Africa is the opponent of Bangladesh in the second warm-up match on October 19. Besides, Afghanistan will play against Pakistan, India will play against New Zealand.
The Super Twelve of the T20 World Cup will begin on October 22 with the Australia-New Zealand match. Bangladesh team’s first match on October 24, against the runners-up team of the first round ‘A’ group.
They will then play South Africa on October 27, the first-round ‘B’ group champions on October 30, India on November 2 and Pakistan on November 6.
The ICC said that the warm-up matches played before the main match will not have the status of international T20.