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T20 World Cup 2021
The 2021 T20 World Cup is right around the corner and the top cricketing nations are gearing up to battle it out for the crown of the T20 World Champions. The seventh edition of the mega event was scheduled to be held in India but due to the ongoing pandemic it has been shifted to Oman and UAE.
The previous edition of the tournament was held in 2016 in India. West Indies won their second title as they defeated England in the final of the tournament. A total of 16 teams will take part in the tournament with eight teams competing in the first round and four out of these will advance to the Super 12s round.
T20 World Cup Format
The 2021 T20 World Cup has been divided into two main rounds. The first round of the tournament will be played between the bottom eight teams in ICC T20 rankings.
Round one of the 2021 T20 World Cup has been divided into two groups, with the fixtures taking place at two venues, the UAE and Oman.
Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Ireland and Namibia are in Group A and will play their round one matches in the UAE. Meanwhile, Oman, Scotland, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea have been put together in Group B and will play their round one matches in Oman.
Round one will include 12 matches and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the next round i.e. the Super 12s.
The Super 12s will start from 24 October and will be held at three venues, Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. The 12 teams, including the four qualifying teams will be split into two groups.
The six teams from both the groups will play against each other once in the round and the top two teams at the end of the round will move onto the semi-finals of the tournament, where the first placed team in Group 1 will face the second placed team in Group 2 and vice-versa.
T20 World Cup Venues
For the first time in history, the T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE and Oman. The T20 World Cup will be held at a total of four venues. The first round matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Oman, while Dubai will be included as a venue for the Super 12s stage.
The first semi-final will be played in Abu Dhabi, while the second semi-final and the final of the tournament will be played at Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
T20 World Cup Schedule
Oman and Papua New Guinea will face off against each other in the first match of the tournament on 17 October 2021. The first round of the tournament will conclude on 22 October 2021 with Sri Lanka set to take on Netherlands in the final group game.
The Super 12s round will begin from 23 October as Australia take on South Africa in the first match of the Group 1. The final match of the Super 12s will be held on 8 November as India take on a qualifier from the first round.
The semi-finals of the tournament will be played on 10 and 11 November and the final of the 2021 T20 World Cup will be held on 14 November in Dubai.
T20 World Cup Teams
Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies have been placed in group 1 of the Super 12s round along with two qualifiers, first placed team from Group A and second placed team from Group B from the first round.
Arch-rivals, Pakistan and India have been placed in Group 2 of the Super 12s, along with New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifiers, first placed team from Group B and second placed team from Group A from the first round.
T20 World Cup Previous Winners
The inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup was held in 2007 in South Africa. The MS Dhoni-led Indian side defeated Pakistan in the final of the tournament as they lifted the trophy in the first edition of the tournament.
After a disappointing defeat in the final of the tournament in 2007, Pakistan roared back to win the second edition of the tournament played in 2009 in England. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the final as Shahid Afridi was named player of the match for his outstanding match-winning half-century.
The third edition of the tournament was held in 2010 in the West Indies. England managed to win their first major ICC tournament as they defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the final.
Sri Lanka was the venue for the fourth edition of the tournament, held in 2012. The West Indies steamrolled past the hosts in the final of the tournament and defeated them by 36 runs to lift their first T20 World Cup title.
Sri Lanka managed to get over the line in the next edition, held in Bangladesh in 2012. The final was played between Sri Lanka and India in a rematch of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final. This time Sri Lanka got their revenge as they defeated India by 6 wickets to win their first and only T20 World Cup.
The sixth edition of the tournament was held in 2016 in India. West Indies won their second World T20 title as they defeated England by 4 wickets in the final. West Indian all-rounder, Carlos Brathwaite struck Ben Stokes for four sixes in the final over of the match as they chased down 19 off the final over in some style.