UAE and Oman will host the ICC T20 World Cup starting October 17

The 2021 men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin on October 17 in the UAE, with the final scheduled for November 14. Unlike the IPL final, the tournament will begin after that event on October 15.

 From September 19, the remaining matches of IPL 2021 will be played in the United Arab Emirates. There are currently plans to split the T20 World Cup into two groups and play it in the UAE and Oman. 

Twelve matches will be played in Round 1, in which eight teams will qualify (top two in each group) for the Super 12s. The top eight T20I teams will qualify for the Super 12s from these eight groups: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea.

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The Super 12s phase, which will consist of 30 matches, will begin on October 24. In the UAE, three venues will host the Super 12s, in which teams will be divided into two groups of six. The next three games will be the semifinals, the final, and the playoff game.

  • Report says T20 World Cup will begin two days after the final of the IPL. 
  • Reported says BCCI is yet to write to ICC on shifting T20 World Cup to the UAE.
  • Postponed matches of IPL will also be played in UAE from September 19 and end with the final on October 15.

Having one of the main grounds in the UAE and Oman co-host Round 1, the BCCI believes there will be enough time for the pitches to be refreshed ahead of the Super 12s.

As a result of the second wave of pandemics in India this summer, the BCCI suspended the IPL at the halfway point in May.

Travel between cities was identified as a prime concern for teams exposed to outside the bubble during the IPL so that instantly cast doubt on whether India would be qualified to host the multi-team World T20. It was expected that the ICC team that was supposed to carry out inspections in April would visit the nine venues short-listed by the BCCI.

India will likely face another wave of pandemics later in 2021, despite the recent decline in pandemic numbers. BCCI expected to make public its decision regarding the move outside of UAE by ICC deadline in a few days.

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