The wait is over. After successive changes and postponements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is here.
Due to be played in Australia last year, and then moved to India before it was again relocated, the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman over the next four weeks, marking the first time the Middle East has hosted the event.
An event that never fails to deliver big and exciting moments, this year’s T20 World Cup will see 16 nations represented by the world’s best men’s short-format cricketers.
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West Indies are the defending champions from 2016, and have won the tournament a record two times, but will face fierce competition from world No. 1 England along with the likes of India, Australia and New Zealand for this year’s crown.
When is the ICC T20 World Cup?
- Dates: Oct. 17 to Nov. 14
The ICC T20 World Cup was originally scheduled for October 2020 in India. The rescheduled T20 World Cup will begin on Sunday, Oct. 17 in United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The final will take place on Sunday, Nov. 14.
T20 World Cup TV & streaming in the USA
- TV channel: n/a
- Live stream: ESPN+
ESPN+ will stream the T20 World Cup starting Sunday, Oct. 17. The streaming service will show all matches in English and Hindi.
Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. ET for first-round matches, starting with Oman vs. Papua New Guinea, followed by Bangladesh vs. Scotland at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN+ will also show footage from the warm-up matches featuring India, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Australia and more.
ESPN+ offers a subscription for $6.99 a month ($69.99 per year). Fans can also purchase The Disney Bundle, which allows access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu or $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads).
Who is playing in the T20 World Cup?
There will be 16 teams playing in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
- South Africa
- New Zealand
- West Indies
- Sri Lanka
- Papua New Guinea
T20 World Cup draw
The groups for this year’s T20 World Cup are listed below. The first matches for Round 1 Group B will compete on Sunday, Oct. 17, while Group A will begin on Monday, Oct. 18. From there, Groups B and A will alternate days for competition.
Teams will play in Round 1 of the tournament, with the top from each group progressing to the Super 12s against the top-eight ranked T20 cricket nations.
Group 1 competition will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23, followed by Group 2 competition beginning on Sunday, Oct. 24. The groups will also alternate days for competition until the semifinals begin on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
There will be 45 games in the tournament including the final.
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T20 World Cup groups
|Group A||Group B|
|Netherlands||Papua New Guinea|
|Group A||Group B|
|South Africa||New Zealand|
|1st in Round 1 Group A||1st in Round 1 Group B|
|2nd in Round 1 Group B||2nd in Round 1 Group A|
T20 World Cup 2021 schedule
|Oman 0/131 def. Papua New Guinea 9/129||Sunday, Oct. 17||6 a.m.||Oman|
|Scotland 9/140 def. Bangladesh 7/134||Sunday, Oct. 17||10 a.m.||Oman|
|Ireland 3/107 def. Netherlands 106||Monday, Oct. 18||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Sri Lanka 3/100 def. Namibia 96||Monday, Oct. 18||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Scotland v. Papua New Guinea||Tuesday, Oct. 19||6 a.m.||Oman|
|Oman v. Bangladesh||Tuesday, Oct. 19||10 a.m.||Oman|
|Namibia v. Netherlands||Wednesday, Oct. 20||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Sri Lanka v. Ireland||Wednesday, Oct. 20||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Bangladesh v. Papua New Guinea||Thursday, Oct. 21||6 a.m.||Oman|
|Oman v. Scotland||Thursday, Oct. 21||10 a.m.||Oman|
|Namibia v. Ireland||Friday, Oct. 22||6 a.m.||Sharjah|
|Sri Lanka v. Netherlands||Friday, Oct. 22||10 a.m.||Sharjah|
Super 12 Groups 1 and 2
|Australia v. South Africa||Saturday, Oct. 23||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|England v. West Indies||Saturday, Oct. 23||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|A1 v. B2||Sunday, Oct. 24||6 a.m.||Dubai|
|India v. Pakistan||Sunday, Oct. 24||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|Afghanistan v. A1||Monday, Oct. 25||10 a.m.||Sharjah|
|South Africa v. West Indies||Tuesday, Oct. 26||6 a.m.||Dubai|
|Pakistan v. New Zealand||Tuesday, Oct. 26||10 a.m.||Sharjah|
|England v. B2||Wednesday, Oct. 27||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|TBD v. TBD||Wednesday, Oct. 27||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Australia v. A1||Thursday, Oct. 28||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|West Indies v. B2||Friday, Oct. 29||6 a.m.||Sharjah|
|Afghanistan v. Pakistan||Friday, Oct. 29||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|South Africa v. A1||Saturday, Oct. 30||6 a.m.||Sharjah|
|England v. Australia||Saturday, Oct. 30||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|Afghanistan v. TBD||Sunday, Oct. 31||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|India v. New Zealand||Sunday, Oct. 31||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|England v. A1||Monday, Nov. 1||10 a.m.||Sharjah|
|South Africa v. B2||Tuesday, Nov. 2||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Pakistan v. TBD||Tuesday, Nov. 2||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|New Zealand v. TBD||Wednesday, Nov. 3||6 a.m.||Dubai|
|Afghanistan v. India||Wednesday, Nov. 3||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Australia v. B2||Thursday, Nov. 4||6 a.m.||Dubai|
|West Indies v. A1||Thursday, Nov. 4||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|New Zealand v. TBD||Friday, Nov. 5||6 a.m.||Sharjah|
|India v. TBD||Friday, Nov. 5||10 a.m.||Dubai|
|Australia v. West Indies||Saturday, Nov. 6||6 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|England v. South Africa||Saturday, Nov. 6||10 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Afghanistan v. New Zealand||Sunday, Nov. 7||5 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Pakistan v. TBD||Sunday, Nov. 7||9 a.m.||Sharjah|
|India v. TBD||Monday, Nov. 8||9 a.m.||Dubai|
|Semifinal 1 — A1 v. B2||Wednesday, Nov. 10||9 a.m.||Abu Dhabi|
|Semifinal 2 — B1 v. A2||Thursday, Nov. 10||9 a.m.||Dubai|
|Final||Sunday, Nov. 14||9 a.m.||Dubai|