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T20 World Cup Rules

The ICC T20 World Cup will begin on October 17 with a match between co-hosts Oman and first-time participants Papua New Guinea. This year, ICC has decided to expand the second round from ten to twelve T20 World Cup teams. Hence, the Super 10 stage is now the Super 12 round. 


The ICC T20 World Cup will decide which nation is the ultimate champion of the shortest format of the game. India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, West Indies and England have directly qualified for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 stage. 


Table of Contents


  1. T20 World Cup - Batting Rules
  2. T20 World Cup - Bowling Rules
  3. T20 World Cup - Fielding Rules
  4. T20 World Cup - Wicket Keeping Rules
  5.  T20 World Cup - Powerplay Rules
  6.  T20 World Cup - Qualification Rules
  7.  T20 World Cup - Super 12 Rules
  8.  T20 World Cup - Semi Finals Rules
  9.  T20 World Cup - Finals Rules



All matches of the T20 World Cup will be played under the following rules:



T20 World Cup - Batting Rules


  1.  Each team will get 20 overs each to bat. 
  2. Like all general rules of batting cricket, batters will earn 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 runs, depending on the way the things happen on a particular delivery. There are no special rules for batting.


T20 World Cup - Bowling Rules


  1. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of four overs in T20 World Cup matches. 
  2. All general rules of cricket for bowling will be applicable. 
  3. The TV umpire will also help detect no-balls in T20 World Cup. 


T20 World Cup - Fielding Rules


  1. There will be field restrictions in the powerplay. A maximum of two fielders can field outside the 30-yard circle in the first six overs. 
  2. After the first six overs, teams can place upto five fielders outside the 30-yard circle. 


T20 World Cup - Wicket Keeping Rules


  1. A wicket-keeper needs to stand behind the wickets at the striker’s end while keeping.
  2. General rules of wicket-keeping to be followed in ICC T20 World Cup 2021. 


 T20 World Cup - Powerplay Rules


  1. There is a mandatory powerplay of six overs at the start of the innings. 
  2. The fielding team can only keep a maximum of two fielders outside the 30-yard circle during the powerplay. 


 T20 World Cup - Qualification Rules


  1. There are eight teams in the qualifying round of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. 
  2. They have been divided into two groups. 
  3. Sri Lanka, Ireland, Holland and Namibia are in Group A, while Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman are in Group B. 
  4. All teams will play intra-group matches against other teams once. 
  5. Top two teams from both groups will qualify for the Super 12 round. 


 T20 World Cup - Super 12 Rules


  1. There will be 12 teams in Super 12. 
  2. England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies are in Group 1. India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan are in Group 2. 
  3. Four teams from the qualifying round will join these eight teams. 
  4. Winner of Group A and runner-up of Group B will be added to Group 1. 
  5. Winner of Group B and runner-up of Group A will be added to Group 2. 
  6. There will be intra-group matches. Each nation will play five matches in the group stage of the Super 12 round. 
  7. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals.



 T20 World Cup - Semi Finals Rules


  1. Unlike the IPL, there will not be a playoff structure in the T20 World Cup. 
  2. The top four teams will compete in two semifinals, with winners advancing to the final. 
  3. Winner of Group 1 will play against the runner-up of Group 2. 
  4. Winner of Group 2 will play against the runner-up of Group 1. 


 T20 World Cup - Finals Rules


  1. The winners of the two semifinals will qualify for the finals. 
  2. The team with the most runs in the final match will be crowned the ICC T20 World Cup winners


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