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ICC T20 World Cup 2021 – Schedule, Venue, Team Squad

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Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Image Courtesy: t20worldcup.com)

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

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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

MatchDateTeams PlayingRoundsGroupWinner
117-10-21Bangladesh vs Scotland1stGroup BScotland won by 6 runs
217-10-21Oman vs Papua New Guinea1stGroup BOman won by 10 wickets (38 balls left)
318-10-21Sri Lanka vs Namibia1stGroup ASri Lanka won by 7 Wickets (39 balls left)
418-10-21Ireland vs Netherlands1stGroup AIreland won by 7 Wickets (28 balls left)
519-10-21Scotland vs Papua New Guinea1stGroup BScotland won by 17 runs
619-10-21Oman vs Bangladesh1stGroup BBangladesh won by 26 runs
720-10-21Namibia vs Netherlands1stGroup ANamibia won by 6 Wickets (6 balls left)
820-10-21Sri Lanka vs Ireland1stGroup ASri Lanka won by 70 runs
921-10-21Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea1stGroup BBangladesh won by 84 runs
1021-10-21Oman vs Scotland1stGroup BScotland won by 8 wickets (18 balls left)
1122-10-21Namibia vs Ireland1stGroup ANamibia won by 8 wickets (9 balls left)
1222-10-21Sri Lanka vs Netherlands1stGroup ASri Lanka won by 8 Wickets (77 balls left)
1323-10-21Australia vs South Africa1stGroup 1 Australia won by 5 Wickets (2 balls left)
1423-10-21England vs West Indies1stGroup 1 England won by 6 Wickets (70 balls left)
1524-10-21 Sri Lanka vs BangladeshSuper 12Group 1 Sri Lanka won by 5 Wickets (7 balls left)
1624-10-21India vs PakistanSuper 12Group 2Pakistan won by 10 Wickets (13 balls left)
1725-10-21Afghanistan vs ScotlandSuper 12Group 2
1826-10-21South Africa vs West IndiesSuper 12Group 1
1926-10-21Pakistan vs New ZealandSuper 12Group 2
2027-10-21England vs BangladeshSuper 12Group 1
2127-10-21Scotland vs NamibiaSuper 12Group 2
2228-10-21Australia vs
Sri Lanka
Super 12Group 1
2329-10-21West Indies vs BangladeshSuper 12Group 1
2429-10-21Afghanistan vs PakistanSuper 12Group 2
2530-10-21South Africa vs
Sri Lanka
Super 12Group 1
2630-10-21England vs AustraliaSuper 12Group 1
2731-10-21Afghanistan vs NamibiaSuper 12Group 2
2831-10-21India vs New ZealandSuper 12Group 2
291/11/2021England vs
Sri Lanka
Super 12Group 1
302/11/2021South Africa vs BangladeshSuper 12Group 1
312/11/2021Pakistan vs NamibiaSuper 12Group 2
323/11/2021New Zealand vs ScotlandSuper 12Group 2
333/11/2021India vs AfghanistanSuper 12Group 2
344/11/2021Australia vs BangladeshSuper 12Group 1
354/11/2021West Indies vs
Sri Lanka
Super 12Group 1
365/11/2021New Zealand vs NamibiaSuper 12Group 2
375/11/2021India vs ScotlandSuper 12Group 2
386/11/2021Australia vs West IndiesSuper 12Group 1
396/11/2021England vs South AfricaSuper 12Group 1
407/11/2021New Zealand vs AfghanistanSuper 12Group 2
417/11/2021Pakistan vs ScotlandSuper 12Group 2
428/11/2021India vs NamibiaSuper 12Group 2
Match DateTimeTeamMatch NameWinner
4311/10/2021Starts at 7:30 pmTBD vs TBD1st Semi-Final
4411/11/2021 Starts at 7:30 pm TBD vs TBD2nd Semi-Final
4511/14/2021 Starts at 7:30 pm TBD vs TBDFinal

*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
Capacity: 25,000

2. Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Address: Second Industrial St – Industrial Area – Industrial Area 5 – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates
Capacity: 27,000

3. Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium

Address: Near Khalifa City A – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Capacity: 20,000

4. The Cricket Academy Ground in Oman

Address: FFPV+Q7M, Al Amarat, Oman
Capacity: 3,000

Cricket Fans from around the World are expected to make a beeline around these stadiums.

Don’t forget to book the Serviced Apartments Dubai nearby in case you are planning to travel to UAE or Oman this year.

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