The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is set to start with a bang from 17th October, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the excitement is clearly palpable amongst fans and cricket lovers in the country. Recently, the official anthem was released by the ICC through an innovative campaign movie featuring stars like Virat Kohli, Rashid Khan, Glenn Maxwell and Kieron Pollard. The official unveiling took place on 23rd September with Live the Game, a composition by noted music director Amit Trivedi, being launched.
T20 World Cup 2021 Teams Format & Structure
Round 1– The tournament will get off to a flying start with Oman and Papua New Guinea competing in Group B on 17th October, 2021. This will be followed by Bangladesh taking on Scotland. In this round, Netherlands, Ireland, Namibia and Sri Lanka in Group A, will be competing on 18th October, 2021. The first round matches will cover the entire period till 22nd October, 2021. The top two teams in every group will make it to the Super12 stage that commences on 23rd October, 2021.
Super12– This stage will start with the match between South Africa and Australia in Group 1 and the evening match between West Indies and England. England will play Australia thereafter while the matches for the group will conclude with the match between West Indies and Australia and South Africa and England.
Group 2 will have the eagerly anticipated match between Pakistan and India on 24th October, 2021. Pakistan will also take on New Zealand while winners of Group B from Round 1 will take on Afghanistan. The group ends on 8th November, 2021, with India competing with the second placed team from Round 1 in Group A.
Semi Finals– The first semi final is scheduled for 10th November, 2021 in Abu Dhabi and the second one is slated to take place on 11th November, 2021, in Dubai. Both have reserve days and will begin at 6 PM (local time).
Final– The ultimate match to determine the world cup winner will be held at 6 PM (local time) on 14th November, 2021, in Dubai. This is a Sunday and Monday is the reserve day for the final of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Top Stars to Watch Out For
There are several stars to watch out for across teams. The West Indies will rely heavily on their skipper Kieron Pollard along with someone like Nicholas Pooran who has a style of playing heavily suited towards the T20 format.
Another game-change as per cricketing experts and analysts could be Hayden Walsh Junior, the leg-spinner who is known for his tricks with the ball. Samuel Badree is missing for the Windies and they will want Hayden Walsh to come to the party instead!
India will compete with a really strong team, one that has batting stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others. The bowling line-up is really strong for India this time around. However, someone who can be a real game-changer is Hardik Pandya. He knows how to hit the ball in the death overs while bowling a handy four overs and taking wickets. He is a good fielder as well. The inclusion of Suryakumar Yadav is a positive step and he can contribute towards steadying nerves in the middle order along with KL Rahul who may even open. Rishabh Pant will get full license to explore his shots and he can also be a game-changer.
England will have Jonny Bairstow in good form and playing a crucial role. The previous 50-over World Cup winners will also rely on Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings.
South Africa will depend on two of their stalwarts, namely Quinton de Kock who seems to be in good form across the IPL and also Kagiso Rabada, one of their finest and most matured pace bowlers.
Australia will look to have Mitchell Starc back in full flow while depending on the exploits of Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith.
Pakistan will relish the chance to experiment and thrive on the pro-active captaincy of Babar Azam who is a classy batsman as well. Senior pros like Mohammad Hafeez are also expected to shoulder more responsibility this time around.
New Zealand will be relying on players like Lockie Ferguson, Kane Williamson and Trent Boult to get them over the line.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule
Here’s summing up the schedule of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup:
|1||17-10-21||Bangladesh vs Scotland||1st||Group B||Scotland won by 6 runs|
|2||17-10-21||Oman vs Papua New Guinea||1st||Group B||Oman won by 10 wickets (38 balls left)|
|3||18-10-21||Sri Lanka vs Namibia||1st||Group A||Sri Lanka won by 7 Wickets (39 balls left)|
|4||18-10-21||Ireland vs Netherlands||1st||Group A||Ireland won by 7 Wickets (28 balls left)|
|5||19-10-21||Scotland vs Papua New Guinea||1st||Group B||Scotland won by 17 runs|
|6||19-10-21||Oman vs Bangladesh||1st||Group B||Bangladesh won by 26 runs|
|7||20-10-21||Namibia vs Netherlands||1st||Group A||Namibia won by 6 Wickets (6 balls left)|
|8||20-10-21||Sri Lanka vs Ireland||1st||Group A||Sri Lanka won by 70 runs|
|9||21-10-21||Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea||1st||Group B||Bangladesh won by 84 runs|
|10||21-10-21||Oman vs Scotland||1st||Group B||Scotland won by 8 wickets (18 balls left)|
|11||22-10-21||Namibia vs Ireland||1st||Group A||Namibia won by 8 wickets (9 balls left)|
|12||22-10-21||Sri Lanka vs Netherlands||1st||Group A||Sri Lanka won by 8 Wickets (77 balls left)|
|13||23-10-21||Australia vs South Africa||1st||Group 1||Australia won by 5 Wickets (2 balls left)|
|14||23-10-21||England vs West Indies||1st||Group 1||England won by 6 Wickets (70 balls left)|
|15||24-10-21||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||Super 12||Group 1||Sri Lanka won by 5 Wickets (7 balls left)|
|16||24-10-21||India vs Pakistan||Super 12||Group 2||Pakistan won by 10 Wickets (13 balls left)|
|17||25-10-21||Afghanistan vs Scotland||Super 12||Group 2|
|18||26-10-21||South Africa vs West Indies||Super 12||Group 1|
|19||26-10-21||Pakistan vs New Zealand||Super 12||Group 2|
|20||27-10-21||England vs Bangladesh||Super 12||Group 1|
|21||27-10-21||Scotland vs Namibia||Super 12||Group 2|
|22||28-10-21||Australia vs |
|Super 12||Group 1|
|23||29-10-21||West Indies vs Bangladesh||Super 12||Group 1|
|24||29-10-21||Afghanistan vs Pakistan||Super 12||Group 2|
|25||30-10-21||South Africa vs |
|Super 12||Group 1|
|26||30-10-21||England vs Australia||Super 12||Group 1|
|27||31-10-21||Afghanistan vs Namibia||Super 12||Group 2|
|28||31-10-21||India vs New Zealand||Super 12||Group 2|
|29||1/11/2021||England vs |
|Super 12||Group 1|
|30||2/11/2021||South Africa vs Bangladesh||Super 12||Group 1|
|31||2/11/2021||Pakistan vs Namibia||Super 12||Group 2|
|32||3/11/2021||New Zealand vs Scotland||Super 12||Group 2|
|33||3/11/2021||India vs Afghanistan||Super 12||Group 2|
|34||4/11/2021||Australia vs Bangladesh||Super 12||Group 1|
|35||4/11/2021||West Indies vs |
|Super 12||Group 1|
|36||5/11/2021||New Zealand vs Namibia||Super 12||Group 2|
|37||5/11/2021||India vs Scotland||Super 12||Group 2|
|38||6/11/2021||Australia vs West Indies||Super 12||Group 1|
|39||6/11/2021||England vs South Africa||Super 12||Group 1|
|40||7/11/2021||New Zealand vs Afghanistan||Super 12||Group 2|
|41||7/11/2021||Pakistan vs Scotland||Super 12||Group 2|
|42||8/11/2021||India vs Namibia||Super 12||Group 2|
|43||11/10/2021||Starts at 7:30 pm||TBD vs TBD||1st Semi-Final|
|44||11/11/2021||Starts at 7:30 pm||TBD vs TBD||2nd Semi-Final|
|45||11/14/2021||Starts at 7:30 pm||TBD vs TBD||Final|
*TBD – To Be Decided
The BCCI is hosting the 2021 T20 World Cup officially in the UAE which is the venue partner. India was previously chosen as the host for the T20 World Cup in 2021 although the venue was shifted to the United Arab Emirates owing to pandemic related concerns. The matches will go on from 17th October, 2021 till 14th November, 2021.
T20 World Cup 2021 Venues
There are four UAE stadiums that will be hosting the T20 World Cup matches this year. Here are the venue for T20 world cup 2021:
1. Dubai International Stadium
Address: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd – Dubai Sports City – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
2. Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Address: Second Industrial St – Industrial Area – Industrial Area 5 – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates
3. Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Address: Near Khalifa City A – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
4. The Cricket Academy Ground in Oman
Address: FFPV+Q7M, Al Amarat, Oman
Cricket Fans from around the World are expected to make a beeline around these stadiums.
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