Cricket: Blackcaps' group, schedule revealed for Twenty20 World Cup in US and West Indies

  • 06/01/2024
Blackcaps at the 2022 World Cup in Sydney.
Blackcaps at the 2022 World Cup in Sydney. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Blackcaps will begin their Twenty20 World Cup campaign against Afghanistan, the draw for this year's tournament in the US and West Indies has revealed.

New Zealand have been drawn in Group C, which also includes co-hosts West Indies, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea.

Their opening match will be played at Providence Stadium, Guyana on June 8. They'll face West Indies in Tarouba, Trinidad on June 13, where they'll remain for the rest of their group matches against Uganda (June 15) and Papua New Guinea (June 18).

A record 20 teams were split into four groups with 55 games to be played in the month-long tournament, with the top two from each group qualifying for the Super Eight round.

Dallas, Florida and New York will host only group matches, while the Super Eight, semi-finals and final will be held in the West Indies. The final will be played in Barbados on June 29.

England won the last T20 World Cup in 2022.
England won the last T20 World Cup in 2022. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rivals India and Pakistan will play their group game in New York on June 9 while co-hosts United States will take on Canada in the opening match.

The India v Pakistan game will be played in a 34,000-seat modular stadium which will host eight matches.

"The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 marks an exciting expansion of our sport with more teams than ever before set to compete in this event," ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said in a statement.

"It's going to be an incredible spectacle bringing together 20 international teams from Africa, the Americas, Asia, East-Asia Pacific and Europe."

Defending champions England are in the same group as Australia, who won the 2021 tournament and also won the 50-over World Cup last year. The two Ashes rivals play each other on June 8 in Barbados.

The 2023 one-day international World Cup schedule was announced barely four months before the tournament began while there were also many matches rescheduled at the last minute, leaving travelling fans irate.

With the T20 World Cup schedule being released six months before the tournament, Cricket West Indies Chief Executive Johnny Grave said it marks a "significant milestone" in their preparations.

"We know that teams, fans and cricket enthusiasts worldwide have been eagerly awaiting this announcement. And now that it is available, it provides a roadmap for the thrilling journey that lies ahead," Grave said. 

The Blackcaps were beaten by Pakistan in the semi-finals of the last tournament in Australia in 2022. A year earlier, they recorded their best finish at the tournament as losing finalists against Australia in Dubai.  


Group A: India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and United States

Group B: England, Australia, Namibia, Scotland and Oman

Group C: New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Uganda and Papua New Guinea

Group D: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Netherlands and Nepal