Ireland will begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a vital encounter against the Netherlands on 18 October in Abu Dhabi.

Graham Ford's side have been drawn in Group A for the Round 1 stage, where they will next face Sri Lanka on 20 October, also in Abu Dhabi, before ending with a clash against Namibia in Sharjar on 22 October.

Ireland will be hoping to secure a top-two finish in their group, which would see them progress to the Super 12s stage of the tournament.

Should Ireland win the group they will join England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and the Group B runners-up in Group 1 of the Super 12s, while a second place finish would place them alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the Group B winners.

England's opening match of the tournament will be against defending champions West Indies. The sides will meet in the Super 12s on 23 October in Dubai.

The tournament’s semi finals will be held in Abu Dhabi on 10 November and Dubai on 11 November, with the marquee clash scheduled in the latter city on 14 November.

England captain Eoin Morgan said in an International Cricket Council statement: "The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is going to be brilliant.

"The standard of T20 cricket around the world is improving exponentially and every nation has a chance of becoming World Champions. It should be one of the closest and most competitive world tournaments to date and we can’t wait to get started," he added.

Scotland join Ireland in the Round 1 stage and face Bangladesh on 17 October, Papua New Guinea on 19 October and Oman on 21 October.