You can download the entire ICC T20 World Cup 2021 schedule PDF here.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed the schedule for the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman on 17 August 2021. The tournament begins exactly 2 months after the schedule was released, 17 October and comes to an end on 14 November in Dubai.
The seventh edition of the T20 World Cup will feature 16 teams with 11 out of them competing for their first-ever title in the format. The tournament will be played in three stages - Round 1, Super 12 and the Knockout Stage.
The T20 World Cup schedule has the hosts Oman playing the first game of the competition in Round 1 against Papua New Guinea. Six other T20 World Cup teams, Bangladesh, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia will play three games each in this round.
The first four teams form one group while the next four form another. Top two teams from each T20 World Cup groups will qualify to the Super 12 stage and join the eight teams that have already qualified. All matches in Round 1 will be played in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Group 1 in the Super 12 competition consists of Australia, South Africa, England and West Indies while Group 2 consists of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and New Zealand. The Group 12 stage of the tournament commences on 23 October with the Aussies taking on the Proteas.
The T20 World Cup 2021 time table indicates that each team will play every other team in their group once to try and qualify for the knockout stage of the tournament. The final game of the Super 12 leg will be played on 8 November. This stage will be entirely played in the UAE. The top two teams of the T20 World Cup points table in each group will move on to play the final stage.
See the T20 World Cup winners list from 2007 to 2016 here.
The knockout stage will consist of the traditional semi-finals and a final. The two semi-final matches will be played on 10 and 11 November in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. The final will be played in Dubai on 14 November.
The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) secured the hosting rights for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Many Indian fans were excited to witness another T20 World Cup taking place in the country.
However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI decided to move the tournament to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. For the first time in ICC T20 World Cup history, two associate members of the ICC are hosting the tournament together. Also, this is the first time that one of the host countries (UAE) is not a part of the T20 World Cup.
The 2022 T20 World Cup is set to happen Down Under in Australia. Fans should expect high-voltage clashes between the top teams of the world in the UAE, Oman and Australia over the next 12 months.
There are four venues for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Three of them are in the United Arab Emirates, while the fourth one is in Oman.
The Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat will play host to Round 1 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 along with Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
The Super 12 matches are scheduled to take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. These three stadiums recently hosted the second phase of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League. The ICC has received permission to have a 70% capacity crowd for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 matches in the UAE.
The final match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to happen at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on November 14. It will be exciting to see which of the 16 teams lifts the trophy in Dubai that night.