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2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
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2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
Dates17 October – 14 November 2021
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatTwenty20 International
Host(s) UAE
 Oman[n 1]
Participants16[1]
Matches played45[2]
2016
2022

The 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the seventh ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament,[3][4] with matches taking place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.[5][6]

Originally, the tournament was to be held in Australia from 18 October to 15 November 2020.[7][8][9] However, in July 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tournament had been postponed until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11][12] In August 2020, the ICC also confirmed that India would host the 2021 tournament, with Australia being named as the host for the succeeding 2022 tournament.[13] However, in June 2021, the ICC announced that the tournament had been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India, and a possible third wave of the pandemic in the country.[14] The tournament is scheduled to begin on 17 October 2021,[5] with the tournament's final scheduled to be played on 14 November 2021.[15] The preliminary rounds of the tournament are set to be shared between the UAE and Oman.[16]

Background

In April 2020, the ICC confirmed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was still planned to go ahead as scheduled.[17][18] However, the following month a senior ICC official said that it would be "too big a risk" to host the tournament in 2020,[19] The ICC also stated that reports of postponing the tournament were inaccurate, with multiple contingency plans being looked at.[20] A decision on the tournament was originally deferred until the ICC's meeting on 10 June 2020,[21] with a further announcement scheduled to be made in July 2020.[22] In June 2020, Earl Eddings, the chairman of Cricket Australia, said that it was "unlikely" and "unrealistic" that the tournament would take place in Australia as scheduled. Eddings also suggested that Australia could host the event in October 2021, and India stage the tournament a year later in 2022. The ICC also considered moving the tournament to be played around the next Women's ODI World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in New Zealand for February 2021.[23]

A month before the official postponement, Australian federal tourism minister Simon Birmingham announced that the Australian government expected that the country's borders would be closed to international travel until 2021.[24] The ICC also confirmed that either Australia or India, the hosts for the tournaments originally scheduled to take place in 2020 and 2021 respectively, would host this tournament.[25][26] In August 2020, the ICC confirmed that India are expected to host the 2021 tournament, with Australia expected to the 2022 tournament.[27] In the same month, the ICC confirmed that Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates were being considered as back-up venues for the tournament.[28] In April 2021, the ICC's CEO Geoff Allardice confirmed that back-up plans were still in place if India were unable to host the tournament due to the pandemic.[29] Later the same month, Dhiraj Malhotra of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the UAE would be used as a contingency,[30] if the pandemic in India continued to get worse.[31] The BCCI were also in talks with Oman as a potential co-host of the tournament.[32] On 1 June 2021, the ICC gave the BCCI the deadline of 28 June 2021 to make its decision on where the tournament would be played.[33] Regardless of the actual location of the tournament, the ICC also confirmed that the BCCI would remain as the hosts of the competition.[34] Later, the ICC confirmed that the tournament had been moved to the UAE and Oman.[6] It was the first time for both the UAE and Oman to be hosting a global ICC event, and also the first occasion that a cricket World Cup was being held entirely outside of the elite Test-playing nations.[35]

Teams and qualification

As of 31 December 2018, the top nine ranked ICC Full Members, alongside hosts India, qualified directly for the 2021 tournament.[36][37] Of those ten teams, the top eight ranked sides qualified for the Super 12s stage of the tournament.[36] Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s, instead being placed in the group stage of the competition.[36] They were joined by the six teams who had qualified for the tournament via the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.[36] Of the teams in the ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings, the United Arab Emirates and Nepal could only qualify through regional competitions.[9] The top four teams from the group stage will then advance to the Super 12s.[36]

Papua New Guinea were the first team to secure their position via the Qualifier, after they won Group A of the tournament, finishing above the Netherlands on net run rate.[38] It was the first time that Papua New Guinea had qualified for a World Cup in any format.[39] Ireland became the second team to qualify via this route after they won Group B, also on net run rate.[40]

In the first match in the playoffs, the Netherlands qualified for the T20 World Cup when they beat the United Arab Emirates by eight wickets, after the UAE only scored 80 runs in their innings.[41] The second qualifier match saw Namibia advance to their first T20 World Cup after beating Oman by 54 runs.[42] Scotland beat tournament hosts the United Arab Emirates in the third qualifier by 90 runs to secure their place in the T20 World Cup.[43] Oman become the final team to qualify for the T20 World Cup, when they beat Hong Kong by 12 runs in the last playoff match.[44]

Means of Qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host Nation 7 August 2020 1  India
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
(Top 9 teams in rankings who played in the last WT20, excluding the hosts)[36]
31 December 2018 Various 9  Pakistan
 Australia
 England
 South Africa
 New Zealand
 West Indies
 Afghanistan
 Sri Lanka
 Bangladesh
2019 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier 18 October–3 November 2019 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 6  Netherlands
 Papua New Guinea
 Ireland
 Namibia
 Scotland
 Oman
Total 16

Schedule

With a total of 42 matches, the T20 World Cup will be composed of two rounds. Round 1 will include twelve matches between eight teams (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea) from which four teams will progress to the Super 12s.[45] The Super 12s, scheduled to start from 24 October 2021, will consist of 30 matches between the four teams from Round 1 and the top eight ranked T20I teams. Those teams will be split into two groups of six each. This will be followed by three knockout games, two semi-finals and the final.[5] On 16 July 2021, the ICC confirmed the groups for the tournament,[46] which were decided on the rankings of the teams as of 20 March 2021.[47]

Venues

On 17 April 2021, the BCCI proposed the name of the cities which are scheduled to be hosting the matches.[48] Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and New Delhi were the venues along with Ahmedabad, hosting the final of the event.[49] On 18 April 2021, it was announced that Pakistan would play two of their group matches in Delhi, while Mumbai and Kolkata would host the semi-finals.[50] On 28 June 2021, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed that due to the COVID-19 situation in the country the board has officially communicated to the ICC about their decision to move the event from India to the UAE.[51] Some of the preliminary round matches of the event are also set to be held in Oman.[52][53] On 29 June 2021, the ICC confirmed that the T20 World Cup would be played in the UAE and Oman.[54] The tournament will take place in four venues: the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.[55] During July 2021, the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi was awaiting accreditation by the ICC to also be used as one of the venues for the tournament.[56]

United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates Oman Oman
Dubai Sharjah Abu Dhabi Muscat
Dubai International Cricket Stadium Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium Oman Cricket Academy Ground
Capacity: 25,000 Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 2,000–3,000
Dubai Sports City Pak vs Aussies.jpg SharjahCricket.JPG Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium-01.jpg Al Amerat Cricket Stadium.jpg
Venues in Oman

First Round

Group A

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
1  Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Sri Lanka 0 0 0 0 0 0


Group B

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
1  Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  Oman 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Papua New Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0


Super 12

Qualification Country
Host  India
Full Members  Afghanistan
 Australia
 England
 New Zealand
 Pakistan
 South Africa
 West Indies
Advanced from First Round TBD
TBD
TBD
TBD

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
1  England 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  West Indies 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 A1 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0

  Advance to Knockout stage


Group 2

Pos Team Pld W L T NR Pts NRR
1  India 0 0 0 0 0 0
2  Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Afghanistan 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0

  Advance to Knockout stage


Notes

  1. ^ The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) retained the hosting rights to the tournament, with the matches taking place in the UAE and Oman.

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