South Africa and West Indies play tournament opener

Saturday, March 31, 2007

South Africa and West Indies will contest the opening game of the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship which will be held in South Africa between September 10 and 24.

A day after the opening match is played at the Wanderers, Durban's Kingsmead Stadium will host the first double-header when New Zealand and Kenya square off in the morning followed by Pakistan and Scotland in the afternoon. On the same day, Newlands in Cape Town will host its first match when Australia take on Zimbabwe in a night fixture. India face Pakistan, which could be a marquee match, in the third slot on September 14.

Each venue will host nine games and the ten Full Member countries and two Associate nations have been split into four groups of three teams and will play a round-robin format. Once that is completed, the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Eights in a bid to make the semi-finals. The final will be played in Johannesburg on Heritage Day on September 24.

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