The seventh edition of the ICC T20 Men’s T20 World Cup is finally upon us and it will take place in UAE and Oman in a total of 4 venues — Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The World Cup is being co-hosted by Oman and UAE after original hosts India were forced to take the ICC event to the Middle East due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The seventh World Cup begins with a double-header at the 3,000-seat venue outside Muscat.
The group stage of the tournament begins on Sunday with Papua New Guinea taking on Oman in the 3.30 PM IST slot while Bangladesh takes on Scotland in the 7.30 PM IST slot.
From October 23, the Super 12 round will start, and this will end on November 8. The knock-out round of the T20 World Cup 2021 will start on November 10 and the final of the tournament is set to take place on November 14.
The top two teams in each group of the Super12 stage progress to the semi-finals, with the final set to be played in Dubai on 14 November. India kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.
The eight teams in the first round of qualifying are chasing four places in the Super 12 round-robin stage.
England, Australia, South Africa, defending champions West Indies, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan will be waiting with all matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The top four then progress to the semi-finals before the final in Dubai on 14 November.
There is plenty at stake. A place in the next round guarantees a spot in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
There is also a financial incentive. Teams exiting at the first hurdle take home a modest $40,000.
The eventual champions pocket a $1.6 million winner’s CASH PRIZE.
For the first time in T20 World Cup history, DRS has been made available. Like is the case with T20Is, each team will have a maximum of two unsuccessful reviews per innings.
Here’s all you need to know about the group stage matches:
Oman vs Papua New Guinea– Sunday, October 17 – 3.30 PM
Bangladesh vs Scotland – Sunday, October 17 – 7.30 PM
Ireland vs Netherlands – Monday, October 18 – 3.30 PM
Sri Lanka vs Namibia – Monday, October 18 – 7.30 PM
Scotland vs Papua New Guinea – Tuesday, October 19 – 3.30 PM
Bangladesh vs Oman – Tuesday, October 19 – 7.30 PM
Namibia vs Netherlands – Wednesday, October 20 – 3.30 PM
Sri Lanka vs Ireland – Wednesday, October 20 – 7.30 PM
Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea – Thursday, October 21 – 3.30 PM
Oman vs Scotland – Thursday, October 21 – 7.30 PM
Namibia vs Ireland – Friday, October 22 – 3.30 PM
Sri Lanka vs Netherlands – Friday, October 22 – 7.30 PM
Pakistan have won their last 10 Twenty20 internationals in the UAE and captain Babar Azam claimed Saturday that run will give his men the edge over India next weekend. “Definitely we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE,” Babar said Saturday when asked about his team’s dismal 0-5 record against India in T20 World Cup clashes. “These conditions suit us and we know how to play here.”