The tournament will start on March 16, 2014 and conclude on April 6, 2014, according to ICC schedule. It will see 16 teams playing a total of 35 matches.
Changes have been made by the ICC in the format of the competition. Sixteen teams will participate instead of 12 teams. According to the rankings, 8 teams will automatically qualify for the Super 10 stage.
India and Pakistan will kick off tournament in the Super 10 stage on March 21 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
As the teams’ seeding are based on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings as on 8 October 2012, the top eight sides following the conclusion of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 will play directly in the Super 10 stage, while Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, which finished outside the top eight, will participate in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March.
The first round of the men’s event will include eight sides that will be divided into two groups of four teams each, with the table-toppers progressing to the Super 10 stage.
Group 1 has Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, New Zealandand the first qualifier.
Group 2 has India, Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and the second qualifier.
Each team will play the other four teams in their respective group once and the top two teams from each group qualify for the semi-finals.
The semi-finals (April 3rd and 4th) and final (April 6th) will also be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.