i think it is 132 matches but im not sure.
To win the tournament, one must play four matches and win all of them. There is a round of 16, a round of 8, a round of 4, and a round of 2.
If players can only be eliminated by loosing a match then the answer is 38. There must be 38 players eliminated for there to be a winner.
8 matches .. as from 9 teams only 1 will win , rest 8 teams must lose , in knockout tournament 1 team goes out in 1 match .
If you choose one person, then consider your options for a second, you have nine people for them to play against. Then, considering the second person, excluding the match already played with the first person, you have eight possible matches. Following this all the way, the number of unique matches are: 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 45
both india and pakistan were knocked out of the tournament in the early stages of the tournament loosing 2 out of 3 matches and they were most ridiculed around the world for their poor show that time however in the same year both played the final of the ICC world T20 format