South Africa have been pooled with champions West Indies and former winners England and Australia in Group 1 as well as two more qualifiers for this year’s T20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Friday.
Cricket rivals India and Pakistan meanwhile have been drawn in Group 2 of the Super 12s (second round) and will be joined by World Test champions New Zealand and Afghanistan as well as two qualifiers from round one.
Test nations Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Ireland must both come through round one to reach the Super 12s but another Test team Zimbabwe will be absent.
“There are some great match-ups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer,” said ICC acting chief executive Geoff Allardice in a statement.
The tournament is set to take place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14.
Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1, B2
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, B1