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Group seeding of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka changed suddenly

  • Published at 03:36 pm October 20th, 2021
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Bangladesh players celebrate the fall of a Scotland wicket during their T20 World Cup first round clash in Muscat Sunday AFP

'Clarity on Super 12 qualification - The teams that finish top of the standings in Group A and Group B, will take the position of A1 and B1 in the Super 12s. Therefore A2 and B2 will be taken by the second-place teams in each group respectively. It is not done on Round 1 group seedings,' said the ICC email

The group seeding of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup has been changed by the International Cricket Council going into the fourth day of the tournament.

The ICC revealing the tournament fixture on August 17, had informed that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh moving into the main event would be considered as A1 and B1 respectively.

But now the world governing body of cricket has come saying seeding of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would be based on the team’s respective standing in the qualifying round.

ICC email on August 17, 2021

As per ICC's previous decision, Bangladesh, in the event of qualification irrespective of the position in the group, were set to play in Group 2 in the Super 12s with India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and A2 in the qualifying round as opponents.

But as per a "clarity" through an email by the ICC Wednesday, Bangladesh finishing runners-up in the qualifying group will be set in Group 1 alongside England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies and A1.

“Clarity on Super 12 qualification - The teams that finish top of the standings in Group A and Group B, will take the position of A1 and B1 in the Super 12s. Therefore A2 and B2 will be taken by the second-place teams in each group respectively. It is not done on Round 1 group seedings,” said the ICC email.


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ICC however, has not come up with an explanation to the sudden change.

The media is still waiting to hear back from the organization on the matter.

The Bangladesh journalists covering the event have been informed that the match selection process will be re-opened.

ICC email on October 20, 2021

The Bangladesh journalists based on ICC’s primary decision had selected to cover matches of team B1 in the Super 12 round.

Confusion however, remains unsolved regarding the spectators who had bought tickets to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh matches in Super 12, considering the teams would be A1 and B1 respectively.

ICC is yet to make a clarification on the issue as well.

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