The tournament begins with a match between Oman and Papua New Guinea in Round 1. On October 23, Australia and South Africa will play their first Super 12s match. While India and Pakistan will clash on the 24th. Online Media Zone, you\’ll find short video interviews with team captains, schedule visuals for each team, and team-specific press releases. On October 17, Oman will play Papua New Guinea in the first match of the ICC Men\’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground. The Super 12 stage will kick off with Australia and South Africa at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. ICC announced T20 World Cup 2021 schedule. today, confirming that the highly awaited match between previous champions India and Pakistan will take place on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium, while Ashes rivals England and Australia will play six days later.
The West Indies, the only team to win the tournament twice, will compete on the first day of the Super 12s in Dubai, where they will face England, the top-ranked team in the MRF Tyres ICC Men\’s T20I Team Rankings.
Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, as well as Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, PNG, and Scotland, are among the 16 teams competing in Round 1 of the event, which runs until November 14 and is hosted by India in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. The Super 12s will be decided by the top two teams from each Round 1 group.
The first semi-final will be held on November 10 in Abu Dhabi, while the other semi-final (November 11) and final (November 14) will be held in Dubai. All-day matches will begin at 14:00 local time (+4 GMT), while day-night matches will begin at 18:00 local time (+4 GMT).
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard promises entertaining cricket. This helped them beat England in a tense final at the Eden Gardens in 2016 when Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes in the penultimate over to turn the tables on the 2010 champions.
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said
“We are excited to begin defence of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title later this year. T20 cricket is dynamic and the international scene is highly competitive, with players constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation and we are expecting a spectacular event in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
“We have a particularly interesting Super 12 group, which sees us come up against Australia, England and South Africa. We can’t wait to get started! West Indian cricketers have always played an exciting brand of cricket and I am sure our fans in the Caribbean and all over the world are highly anticipating seeing us in action.”
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said
“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule announcement brings us one step forward in our preparations for this much-awaited global tournament. We will utilise the build-up period by playing in the home series against New Zealand and England and will not only aim to fine-tune our final outlook but also win as many matches as possible so that we can carry that winning form and momentum to the United Arab Emirates.
“For Pakistan, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is like a home event as the UAE has been our venue for more than a decade. We have not only nurtured our talent and developed our side in the UAE but have also beaten the top sides in these conditions to peak to number-one in the ICC T20I Team Rankings.
“All the players are excited, motivated, and enthusiastic, and view this tournament as an opportunity to showcase our prowess and re-establish our superiority in the shortest format of the game in conditions that suit us best.
“From a personal point of view, this will be my first ICC Major Event as Pakistan captain. I tasted success in 2017 and suffered disappointment in 2019 when we missed out on a semi-final spot by a fraction of a point despite beating both the finalists in league matches. I remain focused on inspiring my side with my performances so that we can become the first Pakistan side to win an ICC Major Event in Asia.”
England captain Eoin Morgan said
“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is going to be brilliant. The standard of T20 cricket around the world is improving exponentially and every nation has a chance of becoming World Champions. It should be one of the closest and most competitive world tournaments to date and we can’t wait to get started.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson
“After so much disruption to world sport due to the pandemic, it feels like there’s a lot of excitement about this T20 World Cup. “It’s always a highly competitive event with every team possessing match-winners who can turn games quickly.
“I think we’ve got a pretty well-balanced side with a good mix of exciting new talent and some experience.
“We saw in last year’s IPL in the UAE that surfaces can change over the course of a tournament and seam bowling as well as spin can work in the conditions.
“We’ve got a strong pool with India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan so far. All teams are strong which make way for an exciting competition
“I know our guys are really looking forward to another world event and being able to represent New Zealand on the global stage in these challenging times.
“Tournament play is unique and hopefully we can adapt to what’s in front of us and try and gain some momentum.”
Oman captain Zeeshan Maqsood said
“I extend a warm welcome to all teams who will be playing in our country in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be turning out in a global ICC event on our home ground – to show the world what we are capable of as players and as a venue.
“Our preparations are on track under the guidance of coach Duleep Mendis and we aim to be at our best, come October 17. In our group, we will be playing against Bangladesh, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea. All these teams are very skillful, and we are looking forward to competing against them to the best of our ability. I’m sure there will be thrills aplenty in the much-awaited tournament.”
The ICC Men\’s T20 groups (2021)
- Sri Lanka
- the Netherlands
- Papua New Guinea
(In each group, the top two teams progress to the Super 12s.)
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1, and B2.
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, and B1.
(The semi-finals are decided by the top two teams from each group.)
Complete ICC Men\’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule (2021)
17 Oct: Oman v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (14h00); Bangladesh v Scotland, Muscat (18h00)
18 Oct: Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (14h00); Sri Lanka v Namibia, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
19 Oct: Scotland v PNG, Muscat (14h00); Oman v Bangladesh, Muscat (18h00)
20 Oct: Namibia v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (14h00); Sri Lanka v Ireland, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
21 Oct: Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (14h00); Oman v Scotland, Muscat (18h00)
22 Oct: Namibia v Ireland, Sharjah (14h00); Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Sharjah (18h00)
23 Oct: Australia v South Africa, Abu Dhabi (14h00); England v West Indies, Dubai (18h00)
24 Oct: A1 v B2, Sharjah (14h00); India v Pakistan, Dubai (18h00)
25 Oct: Afghanistan v B1, Sharjah (18h00)
26 Oct: South Africa v West Indies, Dubai (14h00); Pakistan v New Zealand, Sharjah (18h00)
27 Oct: England v B2, Abu Dhabi (14h00); B1 v A2, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
28 Oct: Australia v A1, Dubai (18h00)
29 Oct: West Indies v B2, Sharjah (14h00); Pakistan v Afghanistan, Dubai (18h00)
30 Oct: South Africa v A1, Sharjah (14h00); Australia v England, Dubai (18h00)
31 Oct: Afghanistan v A2, Abu Dhabi (14h00); India v New Zealand, Dubai (18h00)
1 Nov: England v A1, Sharjah (18h00)
2 Nov: South Africa v B2, Abu Dhabi (14h00); Pakistan v A2, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
3 Nov: New Zealand v B1, Dubai (14h00); India v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
4 Nov: Australia v B2, Dubai (14h00); West indies v A1, Abu Dhabi (18h00)
5 Nov: New Zealand v A2, Sharjah (14h00); India v B1, Dubai (18h00)
6 Nov: Australia v West Indies, Abu Dhabi (14h00); England v South Africa, Sharjah (18h00)
7 Nov: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (14h00): Pakistan v B1, Sharjah (18h00)
8 Nov: India v A2, Dubai (18h00)
10 Nov: Semi-final 1 (A1 v B2), Abu Dhabi (18h00)
11 Nov: Semi-final 2 (B1 v A2), Dubai (18h00)
14 Nov: Final, Dubai (18h00)
About the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule 2021
- The tournament\’s seventh edition will feature 16 teams and will be hosted by India in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
- Dubai International Stadium, Oman Cricket Academy (Muscat), Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Zayed Cricket Stadium are the four venues for the tournament (Abu Dhabi)
- Direct invitations were given to the hosts India and nine other top teams in the MRF Tyres ICC Men\’s T20I Player Rankings as of December 31, 2018.
- The top eight teams advanced directly to the Super 12s, while the next two – Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – joined six other teams in the group stage after qualifying through a Qualifier tournament.
- To complete the Super 12s line-up, two teams from each group stage. Each with four teams, will join the eight direct entrants.
- If Sri Lanka and Bangladesh qualify for the first round. They will be seeded A1 and B1 for the Super 12s.
- The knockouts will be made up of the top two teams from each Super 12s group. With the games being A1 against B2 and B2 v A1.