T20 World Cup 2021: The next ICC world event will most likely begin only a day after the culmination of Indian Premier League 2021.
The upcoming seventh edition of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is all in likeliness of beginning only a day after the culmination of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
Much like IPL 2021, the T20 World Cup will also most likely be played in the UAE. Muscat Cricket Stadium, which was previously in talks regarding hosting the world event, is expected to host Round 1 which will comprise of eight teams fighting for four spots to join the remaining eight teams for Round 2.
In addition to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea, Oman will also be among the teams which play in the first round. For local fans, the prospect of watching Oman fighting it out in a world event should be a fascinating one.
T20 World Cup 2021 to be played between October 17-November 14
According to ESPNcricinfo, the final match of IPL 2021 will be played on October 15 and will be followed by the first match of the World Cup on October 17. As far as the final of the tournament is concerned, it will be played on November 14.
Readers must note that there are high chances of one of the venues in UAE co-hosting Round 1 alongside Oman. Round 2 (also known as Super 12s), which is expected to commence from October 24, will be entirely played across three UAE venues namely Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.
In the second round, 12 teams will be divided into two groups of six each. The top two teams from both the groups will eventually quality for the knockout phase which will comprise of two semi-finals and a final match.
Ideally scheduled to be played in India, 2021 T20 World Cup is almost certain of being shifted to the UAE due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 in India.