ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, Teams & Venues

Prakhar Sood
17 Sep 2021
15:00
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, Teams & Venues

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be the second major ICC tournament in 2021 after the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, which was held in June. This will be the 7th T20 World Cup, which began in 2007 in South Africa. The tournament will have 16 participants out of which 10 teams are top ten teams in the ICC rankings and six teams qualified through the T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Forty-five matches will be played in total, including preliminary round, super 12, and knockouts.

About The Tournament

The T20 World Cup will be held in the UAE and Oman from 17th October 2021 to 14th November 2021. The tournament was originally scheduled from 18th October 2020 to 15th November 2020 last year in Australia, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ICC made a decision to host the T20 Men’s World Cup 2022 in Australia instead. The T20 World Cup 2021 was originally supposed to be held in India, but it was shifted to the UAE and Oman due to the Covid-19 pandemic in India. However, ICC has announced that the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will retain the hosting rights regardless of the venues. ICC has finalized 4 venues for the tournament which are Dubai (Dubai International Stadium), Abu Dhabi (Zayed Cricket Stadium), Sharjah (Sharjah Cricket Stadium), and Muscat (Oman Cricket Academy Ground).

  • The first match will be played between Oman and Papua New Guinea at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground, Abu Dhabi.

Schedule and Teams

16 teams will be competing in the tournament. The top 8 teams in the ICC Men's T20 Team Rankings have been directly drafted for the Super 12 which will be the second round of the tournament.

The other 8 teams will have to play in Round 1 in order to qualify for the Super 12 stage. These eight teams are further divided into 2 groups - Group A and B, four in each group.

Round 1 (Preliminary Round)

Group A comprises four teams which are Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia. The teams which finish 1st and 2nd from Group A will qualify for the Super 12 stage. The team in the first position will be drafted in Group 1 whereas the team in 2nd position will be drafted in Group 2 of the Super 12.

Group B comprises four teams which are Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland. The teams which finish 1st and 2nd from Group B will qualify for the Super 12 groups. The team in the first position will be drafted in Group 2 whereas the team in 2nd position will be drafted in Group 1 of the Super 12.

ICC Men World T20 Round 1 Fixtures
ICC Men World T20 Round 1 Fixtures

Round 1 Fixtures

Date Fixture Venue
17-Oct-21 Oman vs Papua New Guinea Muscat
17-Oct-21 Bangladesh vs Scotland Muscat
18-Oct-21 Ireland vs Netherlands Abu Dhabi
18-Oct-21 Sri Lanka vs Namibia Abu Dhabi
19-Oct-21 Scotland vs Papua New Guinea Muscat
19-Oct-21 Oman vs Bangladesh Muscat
20-Oct-21 Namibia vs Netherlands Abu Dhabi
20-Oct-21 Sri Lanka vs Ireland Abu Dhabi
21-Oct-21 Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea Muscat
21-Oct-21 Oman vs Scotland Muscat
22-Oct-21 Namibia vs Ireland Sharjah
22-Oct-21 Sri Lanka vs Netherlands Sharjah

Round 2

This round will be kicked off with Australia vs South Africa on 23rd October in Abu Dhabi.

The Super 12 stage is further divided into two groups - Group 1 and Group 2.

Group 1 already has Australia, South Africa, England, and West Indies. The first-place team from Group A and the 2nd placed team from Group B will enter this Super 12 group.

Group 2 comprises India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and New Zealand. Two teams qualifying from round 1 will join them. The winner of Group B from round 1 and the 2nd placed team from Group A will enter this Super 12 group.

ICC Men World T20 Super 12 Fixtures
ICC Men World T20 Super 12 Fixtures

Schedule for Super 12 Group A

Date Fixture Venue
23-Oct-21 Australia vs South Africa Abu Dhabi
23-Oct-21 England vs West Indies Dubai
24-Oct-21 A1 vs B2 Sharjah
26-Oct-21 South Africa vs West Indies Dubai
27-Oct-21 England vs B2 Abu Dhabi
28-Oct-21 Australia vs A1 Dubai
29-Oct-21 West Indies vs B2 Sharjah
30-Oct-21 South Africa vs A1 Sharjah
30-Oct-21 England vs Australia Dubai
01-Nov-21 England vs A1 Sharjah
02-Nov-21 South Africa vs B2
Abu Dhabi
04-Nov-21 Australia vs B2 Dubai
04-Nov-21 West Indies vs A1 Abu Dhabi
06-Nov-21 Australia vs West Indies Abu Dhabi
06-Nov-21 England vs South Africa Sharjah

Schedule for Super 12 Group B

Date Fixture Venue
24-Oct-21 India vs Pakistan Dubai
25-Oct-21
Afghanistan vs B1 Sharjah
26-Oct-21 Pakistan vs New Zealand Sharjah
27-Oct-21 B1 vs A2 Abu Dhabi
29-Oct-21 Afghanistan vs Pakistan Dubai
31-Oct-21 Afghanistan vs A2 Abu Dhabi
31-Oct-21 India vs New Zealand Dubai
02-Nov-21 Pakistan vs A2 Abu Dhabi
03-Nov-21 New Zealand vs B1 Dubai
03-Nov-21 India vs Afghanistan Abu Dhabi
05-Nov-21 New Zealand vs A2 Sharjah
05-Nov-21 India vs B1 Dubai
07-Nov-21 New Zealand vs Afghanistan Abu Dhabi
07-Nov-21 Pakistan vs B1 Sharjah
08-Nov-21 India vs A2 Dubai
  • The teams which finish 1st and 2nd in each group will qualify for the semi-finals matches, to be played on 10th November and 11th November;
  • The final will be played at the Dubai Cricket Stadium on 14th November between the winners of the semi-finals.

Semi-Final and Final Fixtures

Date Fixture Type Venue
10 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC 1st Semi-Final Abu Dhabi
11 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC 2nd Semi-Final Dubai
14 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC Final Dubai

*TBC stands for To Be Confirmed

ICC Men World T20 Knockout Fixtures
ICC Men World T20 Knockout Fixtures

All in all, it promises to be an exciting show for the fans. ICC are expected to allow limited spectators in the stadium if everything goes well with the IPL (Indian Premier League) which will finish just before the beginning of the T20 world cup.

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