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T20 World Cup 2022: a fact box | Cricket News

Factbox on the eighth World Cup T20which takes place from October 16 to November 13 in Australia:
* The tournament was originally scheduled for late 2020, but has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. India hosted the seventh edition in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year.
* The 45 matches will be played in the cities of Geelong, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. The semi-finals will take place at Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval with the final at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
* Host nation Australia is the reigning champion after beating New Zealand in the final in Dubai last year to win their first title.
* West Indies (2012, 2016) have won the title twice while India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010) and Sri Lanka (2014) are the other teams to have won the title once.

*Despite being former champions, the West Indies and Sri Lanka will play in the first qualifying stage. Eight teams are split into two groups, with the top two of each advancing to the Super 12.
Group A: Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, UAE
Group B: Ireland, Scotland, West Indies, Zimbabwe
* The Super 12 is also played as a round robin with two groups of six. The top two of each advance to the semi-finals.
Group 1: Afghanistan, Australia, England, New Zealand, Group A winner, Group B runner-up.
Group 2: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Group B winner, Group A runner-up.

* Teams get two points for a win and one point if a match cannot be played or is cancelled. The group standings in both stages are determined by the net run rate.
* If scores are tied at the end of 40 overs, superovers will be played until there is a winner.
* New laws for this edition of the World Cup include the permanent ban on the use of saliva to polish the ball and the ‘Mankad’ being allowed as a method of letting a batsman out.
* The winning country will take home $1.6 million.

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