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Twenty20 World Cup fixtures announced

The full fixture list for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup has been annouced and host South Africa will take on the West Indies in the opening game at the Wanderers.

On Wednesday September 12th, a day after the opening match, the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban will host the first double-header of the Championship when New Zealand and Kenya square-up in the morning fixture. Following the conclusion of that match Pakistan and Scotland will play each other at 14h00. Later that night Australia takes on Zimbabwe at Newlands in Cape Town.

The Aussies made easy work of England at the SCG in January
Earlier thismonth Roweda Kandan, the Cricket South Africa official tasked with overseeing the Twenty20 World Cup confirmed the groups for the tournament which will see the 12 qualifying nations split into four groups of three, each venue will host a sum of nine games.

Once the group stage is completed the two top teams from each group will go through to the Super 8's which start on Sunday, September 16th. The top four teams after the Super 8's will go through the the semi finals on Saturday, September 22nd.

The Final of the Twenty20 World Cup will be played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Heritage Day, Monday, September 23rd 2007.

In announcing the fixtures, Steve Elworthy, Tournament Director of the Twenty20 World Cup, said: “The finalisation of the fixtures programme for this inaugural ICC Twenty/20 World Championship 2007 is a result of a successful process of consultation between the International Cricket Council, Cricket South Africa and the host stadiums.

“We are certainly pleased with the materialisation of this important development, as this means that the Local Organising Committee can now channel more of its energy on other awaiting programmes of action.



We are certainly pleased with the materialisation of this important development


Steve Elworthy
Tournament Director
“Further, the fixtures programme has also been designed in a way that; even though there is going to be more than one game being played on each day, none of those games have been scheduled at the same time and it, therefore, becomes possible for viewers and spectators to watch all the games as the start times do not clash.”

Warm-up matches are slated for Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, normally this is to allow the teams to acclimatise to the local conditions but for most nations these warm up games will be their only taste of Twenty20 cricket this year.

For England and India their preparations for the tournament will be far from ideal as they have to play the final game of the Natwest Series on Saturday, September 8th at Lords before heading to South Africa the next day missing their only opportunity to play any part in the warm up games.

Twenty20 World Cup Fixtures (all times local GMT +1)

Tuesday, September 11th 2007
South Africa v West Indies
1800
Johannesburg
Wednesday, September 12th 2007
New Zealand v Kenya
1000
Durban
Pakistan v Scotland
1400
Durban
Australia v Zimbabwe
1800
Cape Town
Thursday, September 13th 2007
West Indies v Bangladesh
1000
Johannesburg
Zimbabwe v England
1400
Cape Town
India v Scotland
1800
Durban
Friday, September 14th 2007
Sri Lanka v Kenya
1000
Johannesburg
Australia v England
1400
Cape Town
India v Pakistan
1800
Durban
Saturday, September 15th 2007
Sri Lanka v New Zealand
1400
Johannesburg
South Africa v Bangladesh
1800
Cape Town
Sunday, September 16th 2007
Winner Group C v Runner Up Group D
1000
Johannesburg
Winner Group B v Runner Up Group A
1400
Cape Town
Winner Group A v Runner Up Group B
1800
Cape Town
Monday, September 17th 2007
Winner Group D v Runner Up Group C
1800
Johannesburg
Tuesday, September 18th 2007
Winner Group C v Runner Up Group B
1000
Durban
Winner Group B v Winner Group D
1400
Johannesburg
Runner Up Group A v Runner Up Group C
1800
Johannesburg
Wednesday, September 19th 2007
Winner Group A v Winner Group C
1400
Durban
Runner Up Group B v Runner Up Group D
1800
Durban
Thursday, September 20th 2007
Winner Group B v Runner Up Group C
1000
Cape Town
Runner Up Group A v Winner Group D
1400
Cape Town
Winner Group A v Runner Up Group D
1800
Durban
Saturday, September 22nd 2007
E2 v F1
1400
Cape Town
E1 v F2
1800
Durban
Monday, September 24th 2007
Final
TBA
Johannesburg


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