The T20 Blast is a T20 competition in England that features various English counties. It is also known as the ‘Vitality Blast’ for sponsorship reasons. The tournament is played every year since 2003. The T20 Blast in 2021 is the 19th edition of the competition.
The 2021 edition will feature 18 different county teams. These teams are divided into two groups known as North Division and South Division consisting of nine teams each. The defending champions Notts Outlaws belong to the North Division group.
The tournament will commence from 9th June 2021 and the league stage will end on 18th July 2021. The top four teams from each group will qualify for the Quarter Finals which are scheduled from 24 August 2021 to 27 August 2021. Interestingly, both the Semi Finals and the Final will be played on the same day on 18th September 2021 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
The teams in North Division Group are Derbyshire Falcons, Durham Jets, Lancashire Lighting, Leicestershire Foxes, Northants Steelbacks, Notts Outlaws, Birmingham Bears, Worcestershire Rapids and Yorkshire Vikings.
The teams in South Division Group are Essex Eagles, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent Spitfires, Middlesex, Somerset, Surrey and Sussex Sharks.
The 133 matches will be played across 24 venues which are Lord’s and Kennington Oval in London, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, New Road in Worcester, College Ground in Cheltenham, Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street, County Ground in Chelmsford, County Ground and The Rose Bowl in Southampton, Headingley in Leeds, Grace Road in Leicester, Queen’s Park in Chesterfield, St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester, Edgbaston in Birmingham, County Ground in Hove, County Ground in Northampton, The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, County Ground in Derby, County Ground in Bristol, Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham, Old Deer Park in Richmond and Uxbridge Cricket Club Ground in Uxbridge.