The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 will be the fourth ICC World Twenty20 competition, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament that will be held in Sri Lanka. The first was hosted by South Africa in 2007, where India beat Pakistan in a thriller to become Twenty20 champions. Pakistan, the losing finalists in 2007, defeated Sri Lanka in the 2009 tournament to become World t20 Champions, held in England. England became the third World Twenty20 champions by beating Australia in the West Indies.
The format will see four groups of three in a preliminary round. India and England are in the same group and will be joined by one of the Associate or Affiliate teams that qualify from the qualifying round. The other qualifying team will be in a group with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are the other two groups. The top two teams from each group will proceed to the Super Eight stage of the tournament. The Super Eight will consist of two groups. The top two teams from the two Super Eight groups would play the semi-finals, and the semi-final winners would contest the final, to be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium.
All matches will be playing at the following three grounds:
* Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
* R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
* Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
Group A: England, India & Qualifier 2.
Group B: Australia, West Indies & Qualifier 1.
Group C: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe.
Group D: Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh.
Qualifying Round (Winner to Qualify)
Canada v Netherlands @ Colombo
Ireland v Afghanistan @ Colombo
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe @ Hambantota
Australia v Q1 @ Colombo
India v Q2 @ Colombo
South Africa v Zimbabwe @ Hambantota
New Zealand v Bangladesh @ Pallekelle
England v Q2 @ Colombo
Sri Lanka v South Africa @ Hambantota
Australia v West Indies @ Colombo
New Zealand v Pakistan @ Pallekelle
England v India @ Colombo
West Indies v Q1 @ Colombo
Bangladesh v Pakistan @ Pallekelle