T20 World Cup 2021 Draws To Be Announced On 16th July
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T20 World Cup 2021 Draws To Be Announced On 16th July

Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter

T20 World Cup 2021 will begin on October 17 in the Middle East. The draws for the marquee event will be announced in a ceremony held in Oman on Friday 16th July. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and board secretary Jay Shah will be attending the event.

The much-awaited draws for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in the UAE will be announced on Friday 16th July. The announcement will be made in a ceremony attended by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, board secretary Jay Shah and other ICC officials at around 3:30 pm.

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

T20 World Cup 2021 Draws To Be Announced On 16th July

The exact match schedule will take another week to finalize but the groups will be announced as it will be interesting to see if arch-rivals India and Pakistan, who won the first 2 editions of the tournament, are paired in the same group. Notably, the showpiece event was shifted from India to UAE and Oman in the wake of the coronavirus situation in the country.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

However, the BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held across four venues- Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground. The first round of the tournament, comprising the eight qualifying teams, will now be split between Oman and UAE. Four of these teams will then progress to the Super 12s round where they’ll join the eight automatic qualifiers.

T20 World Cup 2021 Will Take Place 5 Years After The Last One Was Won By West Indies In 2016

The upcoming edition will be the first Men’s T20 World Cup played since 2016 when defending champions West Indies beat England in the final in India. The 8 teams competing in the preliminary stage are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, before the play-off stage and the final on November 14.

Representational image of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad
Representational image of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy | AFP / Jewel Samad

Indian teams and players from other countries are expected to land in UAE from September to participate in the IPL 2021. The BCCI is also set to host the remaining matches- the second half of the IPL 2021 in the Gulf nation. The corona-hit season is believed to resume from the third week and end just before the start of the T20 World Cup 2021. The last Test match between India and England is scheduled to be held in Manchester from September 10 to 14.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the 2020 release of the T20 World Cup 2021 that should be held in Australia being delayed to 2022. The T20 World Cup 2021 will be facilitated in the UAE from October 17, with the final planned on November 14.

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