The excitement and popularity of any contest between arch-rivals India and Pakistan is unmatched and whenever these two teams are up against each other on the cricket field, millions of fans from both the sides leave all their work and stick to the TV.
As the two neighbours don’t meet bilateraly due to political tensions betwen them, the ICC events only hand the fans a chance to watch their stars in action and while most of them could only enjoy the battle from their TV sets, few of them are fortunate enough to witness the live action form the crickting field.
One such moment is on the cards for the die-hard fans as the two sides are slated to face-off in the ICC T20 World Cup, which will be held on 23 October 2022 in Melbourne and as it has happened over the years, this time too, tickets for the match between these two teams have been reportedly sold out in a few minutes soon after goind online for the general public.
The ICC’s tickets page for the India-Pakistan clash displays the following message: “Public ticket allocation for this match has been exhausted. Tickets may still be available through the Official Hospitality and ICC Travel and Tours Programmes. Alternatively, you can join the Waitlist for this match and receive email updates with details of any ticket releases for a specific match.”
Notably, India’s record against Pakistan in the World Cup is excellent as in both the T20 and ODI World Cup tournaments, the men in Blue have lost to their nieghbours only once.
India was invincible against Pakistan in the World Cup however, in the 2021 T20 World Cup, which was held in the UAE, Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets to end their losing streak and India would now like to avenge their last defeat.
Significantly, in the upcoming edition of the showpiece event, Team India will kick-off their campaign with a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan as the International Cricket Council (ICC) on January had announced the fixtures for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 as per which trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand will face Australia in the opening match of the Super 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on October 22.
In the ‘Super 12′, England, New Zealand, Australia and Afghanistan have been drawn together in Group 1, while India, Pakistan, South Africa and Bangladesh are placed in Group 2.
As per the schedule, the showpiece event will run between October 18 and November 13 with 16 teams set to compete and seven cities to host matches across Australia. While 12 of those 16 nations are already confirmed, the final four will be determined by Global Qualifying.
The Super 12 will run for a fortnight, with the two groups set to reach their conclusion on the weekend of November 5 and 6. In addition to Pakistan versus India and Australia versus New Zealand matches, a scattering of other fixtures stand out as likely key games in the Super 12 stage.
There will be a repeat of the 2021 semifinal between England and New Zealand when the two teams meet at The Gabba in Brisbane on November 1 in what is both teams’ penultimate group game. Also, Pakistan are scheduled to face Bangladesh in Adelaide on the final afternoon of the Super 12 stage.
The SCG will host the first semifinal on November 9, with the second semifinal to be held the following day at the Adelaide Oval. The final is scheduled for to be played at the MCG in front of a capacity 100,024 crowd.
The event will be held at seven venues. Kardinia Park in Geelong will host six matches, exclusively in the opening week’s First Round, while Bellerive Oval in Hobart will host nine games in total, six in the first round and three further matches during the opening three days of the Super 12 stage.
The remainder of the Super 12 matches will be held at the following stadiums: The Gabba (Brisbane), Perth Stadium, Adelaide Oval, Sydney Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground.