Note: T20 World Cup 2020 is postponed for next year 2021. UAE and Sri Lanka has been selected as a backup venue in case India don't host it next year.
The 2021 T20 World Cup is undoubtedly one of the most much-awaited cricket events of this year. The upcoming season marks the 7th edition of the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup and will be watched by cricket lovers and fans all across the world. The current T20 World Cup will commence from October 18 and will conclude on November 14, 2021. A total of 16 teams will participate in the esteemed tournament this time of which Papua New Guinea is a new entrant. The 2021 T20 World Cup will be hosted by India. The 2016 T20 World Cup winner, West Indies, is the defending champion of the coming 2021 championship.
T20 World Cup 2021 Format
The T20 World Cup format is the same as that of the previous editions. The tournament will commence with Group Stage matches that will be played by Group A and Group B. It will be followed by Super 12 Group where two top teams from Group A and Group B each will play against the 10 teams that have directly qualified for the Super 12 stage. The top 4 teams from Super 12 will compete against each other in the Knockout stage that comprises of two semi-finals and the final match.
T20 World Cup Teams
The upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 comprises of 16 teams. Among the T20 World Cup teams, top 10 are ICC Full Members and they have directly qualified for T20 World Cup championship. Of these, top 8 (barring Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) have directly qualified for Super 12 stage of the championship and they won’t have to play group stage matches. As Bangladesh and Sri Lanka could not directly qualify for Super 12, they would have to start the World Cup with group stage matches.
The top 8 teams that have directly qualified for Super 12 are:
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be joined by 6 teams that had qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup 2021 through 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. These 6 teams are:
As mentioned previously, Papua New Guinea is a new entrant in T20 World Cup and it’s their first ever World Cup. In fact, it was the very first squad to qualify for the upcoming T20 World Cup among these 6 teams. The second name to qualify was Ireland and Oman was the last name.
T20 World Cup 2021 Venue
The T20 World Cup venues have already been declared. The tournament will be played across 7 venues. These include:
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Sydney Cricket Ground
The Gabba, Brisbane
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
Perth Stadium, Perth
T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule
The T20 World Cup 2021 schedule was announced by ICC on January 29, 2019. The tournament will start on October 18 with two Group A matches. The first match will be between Sri Lanka and Ireland at 8:30 A.M. The second match is scheduled between Papua New Guinea and Oman and it will be hosted at 1:30 p.m. Both the matches will be held at Simonds Stadium, Geelong.
The first match of Super 12 stage will be held between the host country Australia and 2nd T20 World Cup winner Pakistan. The match is scheduled for October 24, 2021 (1:30 P.M.) and will be hosted at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The two semi-finals of T20 World 2021 are scheduled for November 11 and 12, respectively. The first semi-final will start from 1:30 P.M. and will be held at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. The second semi-final will begin from 2:00 P.M. and will be hosted at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. The T20 World Cup final is to be held on November 15, from 1:30 P.M., at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
T20 World Cup 2021 Matches
The 2021 T20 World Cup will cover 45 matches in total. There will be 12 matches in the group stage. The Super 12 round will include 30 matches. The Knockout stage will include two semi-finals and one final match.
Group stage matches
The T20 World Cup 2021 matches will commence with group stage matches with Group A and Group B. The Group A teams are:
Papua New Guinea
The Group A will begin their T20 World Cup 2021 with the maiden match of the tournament on October 18. It is scheduled between Sri Lanka and Ireland and will be played at Simonds Stadium, Geelong. The last match of Group A is scheduled on October 20, between Sri Lanka and Oman and it will be hosted at the same stadium.
The Group B teams are:
The Group B will commence their T20 World Cup 2021 with a match between Bangladesh and Namibia that will be played on October 19. The last match of Group B is scheduled on October 23, between Bangladesh and Scotland and it will be hosted at the same stadium.
Ireland and Oman from Group A and Bangladesh and Namibia from Group B will advance to Super 12s.
Super 12 matches
The Super 12 stage will start with Group 1 and Group 2 games. The Group 1 teams are:
Top-most team of Group A
Second highest team of Group B
The Group 1 teams will have their first match on October 24, 2021. It is scheduled between Australia and Pakistan and will be held at
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
The Group 2 teams are:
Top-most team of Group B
Second highest team of Group A
The Group 2 teams will have their first match on October 24, 2021. It is scheduled between India and South Africa and will be held at Perth Stadium, Perth
The Knockout stage matches
The Knockout stage will have two semi-finals and one final and will continue from November 11- November 14, 2021. The matches will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground, Adelaide Oval and Melbourne Cricket Ground.
T20 World Cup 2021 Tickets
The T20 World Cup 2021 tickets are already on sale online. Interested spectators can book their ticket in advance online or can purchase the tickets directly from the ticket counter at the stadiums. The T20 World Cup ticket price starts from $20 for adults and $5 for child for group stage matches as well as Super 12 matches.
In regards to T20 World Cup semi-finals tickets, the starting prices for adult ticket for first and second matches are $40 and $90 respectively. In regards to children, it is $10 and $20 respectively.
The T20 World Cup 2021 final ticket starting price is $125 for adults and $20 for children.
The T20 World Cup has taken an innovative “Fans first” policy where a collective ticket for a family of 4 would come at $50 instead of $20 each.
Visit www.t20worldcup.com for online booking for cricket world cup tickets. Book your tickets in advance to avoid last minute rush.
T20 World Cup 2021 Live Streaming
The T20 World Cup live streaming will be available of major live streaming platforms online like Hot Star and Willow TV. These platforms will broadcast the matches live from stadiums for those who will be unable to catch the match physically from the World Cup venues. You will also be able to watch match highlights on these online streaming platforms.
T20 World Cup 2021 Team squad and players list is given below. You can also download the T20 world cup 2021 schedule pdf by clicking on the link below.