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Zimbabwe back in the fold

After missing the second World T20 last month, Zimbabwe will return to the competition in its third edition in the West Indies, which the ICC has proposed to stage from April 30, 2010 to May 16, 2010. G Krishnan reports.

cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2009 02:05 IST
G Krishnan

After missing the second World T20 last month, Zimbabwe will return to the competition in its third edition in the West Indies, which the ICC has proposed to stage from April 30, 2010 to May 16, 2010.

The World T20 will start a week after the Indian Premier League final. The IPL will run from March 18 to April 23.

The ICC has asked its full members to confirm the proposed schedule that has already received the nod from the host board West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), the ICC Management and player representatives. The four semifinalists of 2009 — winners Pakistan, runners-up Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies head the four groups.

India have been placed in Group C with South Africa and a qualifier. They begin their campaign against the qualifier at St.Lucia on May 1, 2010 and play South Africa at the same venue the next day.

Pakistan will start their title defence against Bangladesh on May 1 at St Lucia.

Reliable sources in Cricket South Africa said that the match times will be decided in consultation with the ICC’s broadcaster, ESPN-Star Sports.

According to a note and schedule sent by Chris Tetley, the ICC Events Manager, to all ICC full members, the warm-up matches will be drawn out according to the teams’ needs.

Tetley has also told the respective boards that the eight teams that took part in ICC Women’s Twenty20 in England last month will take part in the tournament in the West Indies.