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T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Best XI Of World Beaters Who Missed Out On Squad Selection

ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Best XI Of World Beaters Who Missed Out On Squad Selection. The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to begin on October 17, a few days after the conclusion of IPL 2021, and the final clash of the tournament will take place on November 14 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Originally, T20 World Cup 2021 was scheduled to commence in India but was shifted to UAE and OMAN besides IPL 2021 due to the Covid-19 scare in the country.

There have been a total of 8 teams that have made entry into the T20 World Cup 2021 through direct qualifications apart from the few teams battling out in the qualifying stage including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who could not qualify directly for the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE and Oman.

In the already qualified teams, Group 1 consists of England, Australia, West Indies, and South Africa. On the other hand Group, 2 consists of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. All the teams have announced their squads for the T20 World Cup 2021. However, there have been several big names that have been left out from the 15-member squad and their absence from the main squad was a big shocker for cricket fans.

T20I World Cup 2021
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ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Best XI Of World Beaters Who Missed Out On Squad Selection

Alex Hales

Alex Hales
Alex Hales [Image Credit: Getty]
So far Alex Hales has managed to score 1644 runs in T20Is at a strike rate of 136.65 and 8733 runs in T20 cricket at a strike rate of 145.93. Alex Hales has got highly impressive numbers in T20I as well as T20 cricket and he bats with a massive strike rate as well.

Alex Hales was axed from England’s (eventual winners) 50-over World Cup squad in 2019 for failing a second test for use of recreational drugs. He recently enjoyed an excellent BBL campaign and continues to hold the record for the highest T20I score by an England player – 116 not out against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20.

The 31-year-old Alex Hales made his international debut in August 2011 through the T20I cricket. He has played 11 Tests, 70 ODIs, and 60 T20Is for England.

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)

Shikhar Dhawan missed out on the T20 World Cup 2021 squad as it shocked cricket fans as many thought that the BCCI selection committee would add him to the squad based on his healthy amount of experience and his red hot form in the IPL.

in T20Is Shikhar Dhawan has scored 1759 runs at an average and strike rate of 27.92 and 126.36. Notably, Shikhar Dhawan has been scoring 450 and above runs in IPL since 2016 and there is no doubt if Shikhar Dhawan would have been on the team for T20I World Cup 2021, he would have performed amazingly well. He was really unfortunate to miss out on selection.

Shikhar Dhawan was the captain recently of the Indian team that toured Sri Lanka, playing all 6 matches on the tour. He registered scores of 86*, 29, 13 in the 3 ODIs and 46, 40, 0 in the 3 T20Is. Delhi Capitals’ batsman Shikhar Dhawan is currently the highest run-getter in the IPL 2021 season with 380 runs in 8 matches averaging 54.28 with 3 fifties. He was 2nd among leading run-scorers in IPL 2020 too with 618 runs in 16 matches averaging 44.14 with 2 tons and 4 fifties.

Faf Du Plessis

Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)
Faf du Plessis. (Twitter)

Almost every T20 World Cup 2021 squad prediction of South Africa contained the name of Faf Du Plessis. However when the squad was announced fans were left upset and shocked not to see his name in T20I World Cup 2021 squad. Notably, Faf Du Plessis on February announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on his T20 career. Also, he is in red hot form in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League.

Faf Du Plessis has already smashed a century in the league. But he may miss a few initial IPL games in UAE for an injury he picked up in the Caribbean Premier League. The opener didn’t play any part in this season’s inaugural edition of English cricket’s new Hundred competition because of the lingering effects of a concussion suffered during the Pakistan Super League.

Faf Du Plessis was in tremendous form for CSK this season in India and scored 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 before the event got postponed due to a bio-bubble breach. He was the 3rd highest run-getter after Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ben Stokes broke his hand taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger. He missed the 2 Tests against New Zealand while his last Test came against India in March 2021.

England was forced to pick an entirely new squad of players and support staff for the ODI series against Pakistan after seven members of the party originally selected tested positive for the virus. Ben Stokes returned to the squad to captain the side. After the Covid-19 outbreak, England named a new 18 member squad captained by Ben Stokes and consisting of 9 uncapped players and still won 3-0.

Ben Stokes withdrew from the Test series against India, IPL 2021, and T20I World Cup 2021 as he has decided to ‘prioritize his mental wellbeing’.  Ben Stokes’ heroics in the final of World Cup 2019 where he scored 84 runs, helping England win their maiden 50-over World Cup title, are still fresh in every English fan’s memory. England won by boundary count after scores were tied in 50 overs and Super Over.

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Having initially retired from international cricket in 2018, AB de Villiers decided in May of this year that he wasn’t going to return for the T20 World Cup 2021 citing concerns about coming in ahead of players who had long been in the system.

AB de Villiers has played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs averaging 50.66 and 228 ODIs scoring 9577 runs averaging 53.5. He also featured in 78 T20Is where he averaged a modest 26.12. In 176 IPL matches, he has 5056 runs averaging 40.77 and is 6th among the leading run-scorers in IPL history.

Chris Morris

Chris Morris
Chris Morris (Image Credit: Twitter)

The most expensive player in IPL auction history will be absent from the T20I World Cup 2021. Chris Morris hasn’t played for South Africa for two years. Chris Morris had last represented the country as a replacement for injured Anrich Nortje in the Cricket World Cup 2019 two years back and the 33-year-old hasn’t been in any contention for a spot despite veterans like Dale Steyn have retired.

Chris Morris has played in 42 One day internationals,23 T20s, and 4 tests in the South African colors taking 48, 34, and 12 wickets respectively.

Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine (Photo Credit: Twitter/ Sunil Narine)
Sunil Narine (Photo Credit: Twitter/ Sunil Narine)

Sunil Narine has been a regular in T20 franchises across the world, however, has not played for the West Indies since 2019. In February he was approached by selectors in relation to being called up to the squad for T20I World Cup 2021 and told them that he wasn’t ready to return to international cricket.

In-form batsman Sherfane Rutherford and spinner Sunil Narine were among a few players not eligible for selection to the World Cup squad after failing fitness standards. Sunil Narine, once the top-ranked spinner in the world, has recently shown versatility at the top of the order as a pinch-hitter and could have been a weapon for the team at the tournament.

Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer / AFP via Getty Images
Jofra Archer / AFP via Getty Images

Jofra Archer’s stress fracture has ruled him out of all cricket for the remainder of 2021. Already a 50-over World Cup winner, Jofra Archer’s pace and lower order hitting make him one of the most sought-after T20 players in the world.

Jofra Archer last played international cricket during the tour of India in March this year. He featured in all five T20Is before being ruled out of the one-day series. Jofra Archer was ruled out of the entire 2021 season following a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow. Apart from the ongoing Test series against India, Jofra Archer will also miss The Ashes and the T20I World Cup 2021.

Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir retired from ODIs after the World Cup in England last year. (Reuters Photo)
Imran Tahir retired from ODIs after the World Cup in England last year. (Reuters Photo)

Despite being one of the leading spinners on the T20 circuit, Imran Tahir has been left out of South Africa’s squad for T20 World Cup 2021. Imran Tahir has also said in the press that he hasn’t been contacted by South Africa’s selectors since being told he was in their plans for the competition last year. In March 2019, he announced that he would quit ODI cricket following the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Imran Tahir was one of the three big omissions alongside Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris from South Africa’s squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in Oman and the UAE from October 17 to November 14. He is South Africa’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 61 wickets at an economy rate of 6.56. Imran Tahir last featured in a T20I for South Africa in March 2019.

Yuzvendra Chahal And Kuldeep Yadav

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion from the squad was a big surprise. In the IPL and in international cricket, Yuzvendra Chahal was Virat Kohli’s, go-to man. Virat Kohli decided to stick with the leg spinner when the team management decided to bring an end to the ‘Kul-Cha’ partnership.

Rahul Chahar’s rise in recent times might also have played a role in the more experienced spinner not being picked in the XI. The Mumbai Indians leggie had a brilliant first half of the IPL in India picking up 11 wickets from his first seven games.

The UAE conditions for T20 World Cup 2021 will be helpful for him bagging a few more wickets as well. Along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav was also not selected in India’s T20 World Cup squad. The mystery spinner’s confidence is really down in recent times. Despite being with the side in the last two to three years, Kuldeep Yadav has not played consistent cricket.

 

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule With PDF, Schedule India, India Squad, Team List, All Team Squad, Time Table, Tickets, And Venue
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule With PDF, Schedule India, India Squad, Team List, All Team Squad, Time Table, Tickets, And Venue

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule With PDF, India Squad, Schedule India, Groups, Team List, All Team Squad, Time Table, Tickets, And Venue

In this article, we give you all the details of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule with PDF, India squad, schedule India, groups, team list, all team squad, timetable, tickets, and venue.

The cricket extravaganza is once again on its track after almost a couple of years’ stagnancy due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe. In the same regard, the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which was slated to take place in 2020 is now being conducted in 2021 from October 17 to November 14 in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was originally scheduled to take place from October 18 to November 15, 2020. The International Cricket Council (ICC), in 2020, assured that the hosting rights of the T20 World Cup will remain with India only but due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, the tournament had to be officially shifted to UAE and Oman.

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T20 World Cup 2021 trophy
T20 World Cup 2021 trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule With PDF

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 schedule has officially been released by the International Cricket Council. The tournament is all set to begin with the qualifiers round from October 17 and will come to an end on October 22. From October 23, the Super12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will commence and last until November 08.

ICC T20I World Cup 2021 trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

The knockout round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will begin from November 10 as the first semi-final will take place in Abu Dhabi followed by the second semi-final and the final being played out at Dubai.

The tournament will be played in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) across four venues of Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. Only the qualifier matches will take place in Oman and the entire Super12 and the knockout round of the T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in the UAE.

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In total, 45 matches will be played in the tournament this year including the qualifier matches. The ICC had already divided the pre-qualified teams into four groups. The qualification was based on the ICC T20 Team Rankings dated March 20, 2021. Before we head towards the official schedule of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, let’s have a look at the four groups that the teams are placed in.

Group A Group B
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Bangladesh National Cricket Team
Round 1 Ireland National Cricket Team Scotland National Cricket Team
The Netherlands National Cricket Team Papua New Guinea National Cricket Team
Nambia National Cricket Team Oman National Cricket Team

*Top two teams from each group advance to Super 12s

Group 1 Group 2
England National Cricket Team India National Cricket Team
Australia National Cricket Team New Zealand National Cricket Team
Super 12s South Africa National Cricket Team Pakistan National Cricket Team
West Indies National Cricket Team Afghanistan National Cricket Team
A1 A2
B2 B1

*The top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals

Tournament T20 World Cup
Year 2021
Format Twenty- Twenty
Hosts UAE
Organizer ICC
Start Date 17-10-21
Final Date 14-11-21

Below is the complete ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule:

Match No Date Fixture Time (IST) Venue Stage
1 Oct-17 Oman vs Papua New Guinea 15:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
2 Oct-17 Bangladesh vs Scotland 19:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
3 Oct-18 Ireland vs the Netherlands 15:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
4 Oct-18 Sri Lanka vs Namibia 19:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
5 Oct-19 Scotland vs Papua New Guinea 15:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
6 Oct-19 Oman vs Bangladesh 19:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
7 Oct-20 Namibia vs the Netherlands 15:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
8 Oct-20 Sri Lanka vs Ireland 19:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
9 Oct-21 Bangladesh vs Papua New Guinea 15:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
10 Oct-21 Oman vs Scotland 19:30 Al Almerat, Muscat Round 1
11 Oct-22 Namibia vs Ireland 15:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
12 Oct-22 Sri Lanka vs the Netherlands 19:30 Abu Dhabi Round 1
13 Oct-23 Australia vs South Africa 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
14 Oct-23 England vs West Indies 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
15 Oct-24 A1 vs B2 15:30 Sharjah Super 12
16 Oct-24 India vs Pakistan 19:30 Dubai Super 12
17 Oct-25 Afghanistan vs B1 19:30 Sharjah Super 12
18 Oct-26 South Africa vs West Indies 15:30 Dubai Super 12
19 Oct-26 Pakistan vs New Zealand 19:30 Sharjah Super 12
20 Oct-27 England vs B2 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
21 Oct-27 B1 vs A2 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
22 Oct-28 Australia vs A1 19:30 Dubai Super 12
23 Oct-29 West Indies vs B2 15:30 Sharjah Super 12
24 Oct-29 Afghanistan vs Pakistan 19:30 Dubai Super 12
25 Oct-30 South Africa vs A1 15:30 Sharjah Super 12
26 Oct-30 England vs Australia 19:30 Dubai Super 12
27 Oct-31 Afghanistan vs A2 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
28 Oct-31 India vs New Zealand 19:30 Dubai Super 12
29 Nov-01 England vs A1 19:30 Sharjah Super 12
30 Nov-02 South Africa vs B2 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
31 Nov-02 Pakistan vs A2 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
32 Nov-03 New Zealand vs B1 15:30 Dubai Super 12
33 Nov-03 India vs Afghanistan 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
34 Nov-04 Australia vs B2 15:30 Dubai Super 12
35 Nov-04 West Indies vs A1 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
36 Nov-05 New Zealand vs A2 15:30 Sharjah Super 12
37 Nov-05 India vs B1 19:30 Dubai Super 12
38 Nov-06 Australia vs West Indies 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
39 Nov-06 England vs South Africa 19:30 Sharjah Super 12
40 Nov-07 New Zealand vs Afghanistan 15:30 Abu Dhabi Super 12
41 Nov-07 Pakistan vs B1 19:30 Sharjah Super 12
42 Nov-08 India vs A2 19:30 Dubai Super 12
43 Nov-10 Semi-Final 1 19:30 Abu Dhabi Playoff
44 Nov-11 Semi-Final 2 19:30 Dubai Playoff
45 Nov-14 Final 19:30 Dubai Final

To get the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule PDF, click here.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule India

The India National Cricket Team has already created a lot of buzz in the Global cricketing spectrum with their surreal squad depth ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup this year. They will surely be among the favorites to win the T20 World Cup title this year. In the last couple of years, team India has developed an insane bench strength, and looking at their probable squad, it is easy to comprehend why they are fan favorites.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Thus, ever since the official schedule for the T20 World Cup 2021 has been released by the ICC, there is a lot of buzz around team India’s schedule in the tournament. The Men in Blue will be taking on arch-rivals Pakistan in their first Super 12 game of the tournament on October 24 in Dubai, which will also proceed the beginnings for Group 2 in the tournament.

After the blockbuster clash, team India will be taking on New Zealand on October 31 in Dubai. On November 03, India and Afghanistan will lock horns in a blockbuster clash in Abu Dhabi. After this game, the Indian Cricket Team will lock horns against the 1st qualifier from Group B on November 05 followed by the match against the 2nd qualifier of Group A on November 08. Both these matches will be played in Dubai.

Below is the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule India:

Match No Date Fixture Time (IST) Venue Stage
1 24 October 2021 India vs Pakistan 19:30 Dubai Super12
2 31 October 2021 India vs New Zealand 19:30 Dubai Super12
3 03 November 2021 India vs Afghanistan 19:30 Abu Dhabi Super12
4 05 November 2021 India vs B1 19:30 Dubai Super12
5 08 November 2021 India vs A2 19:30 Dubai Super12

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 India Squad

The India National Cricket Team will be going into the T20 World Cup this year as the hot favorites to win the tournament. One of the major reasons behind this theory is the serious depth that team India has got in terms of their squad management.

A pool of 25 players is all ready to take on any challenge in the T20 World Cup this year. The BCCI, however, has not announced India’s final squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

Predicted India’s Squad For ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan.

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ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Groups And Team List

A total of 12 teams will be competing in the Super12 round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Out of these 12 teams, a total of 8 teams have already qualified for the Super12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2021. This qualification was based on the ICC T20 Team Rankings as of March 20, 2021.

These 8 teams will be accompanied by 4 more teams, dividing them into two groups each. These four teams will be selected on the basis of the Qualifier round of the T20 World Cup 2021 which will take place from October 17 to October 22. The teams that will be a part of the qualifier rounds have also been divided into two groups, Group A and Group B.

Group A consists of Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia. Group B consists of Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman. The 8 teams that have had a direct qualification in the tournament, have already been divided into two groups, Group 1 and Group 2, with 4 teams each being placed in each group.

India vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan. Image Credits: Twitter

Group 1 consists of England, Australia, West Indies, and South Africa. These four sides will be accompanied by the first qualifier team of Group A and the second qualifier team of Group B. Group 2 consists of India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan and they will be accompanied by the second qualifier team of Group A and the first qualifier team of Group B.

Group A Group B
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team Bangladesh National Cricket Team
Round 1 Ireland National Cricket Team Scotland National Cricket Team
The Netherlands National Cricket Team Papua New Guinea National Cricket Team
Nambia National Cricket Team Oman National Cricket Team

*Top two teams from each group advance to Super 12s

Group 1 Group 2
England National Cricket Team India National Cricket Team
Australia National Cricket Team New Zealand National Cricket Team
Super 12s South Africa National Cricket Team Pakistan National Cricket Team
West Indies National Cricket Team Afghanistan National Cricket Team
A1 A2
B2 B1

*The top two teams from each group advance to the semi-finals

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 All Team Squad

So far, only the New Zealand National Cricket Team and the Australia National Cricket Team have announced their squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 this year. Both New Zealand and Australia have named a 15-men squad for the T20 World Cup this year. While Kane Williamson will be leading the BlackCaps in the tournament, Cricket Australia (CA) have reposed their faith in Aaron Finch for the tournament.

Australia Squad For ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Australia Squad For ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Image Credits: Twitter

New Zealand Squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

Australia Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Traveling reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams.

Apart from New Zealand and Australia, no other team has finalized its squad for the T20 World Cup. However, based on analysis, we will provide you the predicted 15-member squads of all the other 6 teams which have qualified for the Super12 of the T20 World Cup.

Predicted India Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy.

Predicted Pakistan Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Sharjeel Khan, Danish Aziz, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Arshad Iqbal.

Also Read: T20 World Cup 2021: 3 Players Who Can Replace Hardik Pandya In The Indian Team

Predicted England Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley.

Predicted West Indies Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Kevin Sinclair.

Predicted South Africa Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), JJ Smuts, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Anrich Nortje.

Predicted Afghanistan Squad For T20 World Cup 2021: Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Time Table (All Times In IST)

Round 1 qualifiers

Oct. 17 — Oman v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Bangladesh v Scotland, Muscat (7:30 pm)

Oct. 18 –Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Namibia, Abu Dhabi (7:30 pm)

Oct. 19 –Scotland v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Oman v Bangladesh, Muscat (7:30 pm)

Oct. 20 –Namibia v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Ireland, Abu Dhabi (7:30 pm)

Oct. 21 –Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (3:30 pm); Oman v Scotland, Muscat (7:30 pm)

Oct. 22 — Namibia v Ireland, Sharjah (3:30 pm); Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Sharjah (7:30 pm)

Super 12

Group 1 fixtures

Oct. 23 – Australia vs South Africa 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Oct. 23 – England vs West Indies 7:30 pm Dubai

Oct. 24 – A1 vs B2 3:30 pm Sharjah

Oct. 26 – South Africa vs West Indies – 3:30 pm Dubai

Oct. 27 – England vs B2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Oct. 28 – Australia vs A1 – 7:30 pm Dubai

Oct. 29 – West Indies vs B2 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

Oct. 30 – South Africa vs A1 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

Oct. 30 – England vs Australia – 7:30 pm Dubai

Nov. 1 – England vs A1 – 7:30 pm Sharjah

Nov. 2 – South Africa vs B2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 4 – Australia vs B2 – 3:30 pm Dubai

Nov. 4 – West Indies vs A1 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 6 – Australia vs West Indies – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 6 – England vs South Africa – 7:30 pm Sharjah

Group 2 fixtures

Oct. 24 – India vs Pakistan 7:30 pm Dubai

Oct. 25 – Afghanistan vs B1 7:30 pm Sharjah

Oct. 26 – Pakistan vs New Zealand 7:30 pm Sharjah

Oct. 27 – B1 vs A2 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Oct. 29 – Afghanistan vs Pakistan – 7:30 pm Dubai

Oct. 31 – Afghanistan vs A2 – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Oct. 31 – India vs New Zealand – 7:30 pm Dubai

Nov. 2 – Pakistan vs A2 – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 3 – New Zealand vs B1 – 3:30 pm Dubai

Nov. 3 – India vs Afghanistan – 7:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 5 – New Zealand vs A2 – 3:30 pm Sharjah

Nov. 5 – India vs B1 – 7:30 pm Dubai

Nov. 7 – New Zealand vs Afghanistan – 3:30 pm Abu Dhabi

Nov. 7 – Pakistan vs B1 – 7:30 pm Sharjah

Nov. 8 – India vs A2 – 7:30 pm Dubai

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Tickets

As of now, there is no official confirmation from the ICC whether or not the spectators will be allowed in the stadiums for T20 World Cup 2021. Thus, the International Cricket Council has not put up tickets on sale. However, reports have emerged stating that the spectators will be allowed in the stadium in the latter stage of IPL 2021.

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. (Credits: Twitter)

All the matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will take place in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. The qualifier matches will be played in Oman while the entire Super12 and knockout stage will be played in the United Arab Emirates.

Also Read: ICC T20 World Cup 2021: ICC Allows Teams To Bring 15 Players, 8 Officials; Sept 10 Last Date To Announce Squads

In Oman, all the games will be played at the Al Almerat Stadium in Muscat while in the UAE, the three venues which have been finalized for the T20 World Cup are the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai and the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
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India’s Schedule For The Next World Test Championship Cycle Announced

India’s Schedule For The Next World Test Championship Cycle Announced as the ICC World Test Championship’s 2nd edition from 2021-2023 will begin with the 5-match Test series against England and end with the tour of Bangladesh. The first cycle of the ICC World Test Championship concluded with the Indian cricket team ending second best despite dominating the league stage of the competition.

Putting behind the disappointment of the defeat in the final against New Zealand, the Virat Kohli-led side is now gearing up for the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship which begins for India with the 5-match Test series against England, starting August 04 at Trent Bridge.

 ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 Winners New Zealand
ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 Winners New Zealand Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

India Play England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, And Bangladesh In The ICC World Test Championship’s 2nd Edition

After the conclusion of the England series, Indian cricketers will keep themselves busy with the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 and the ICC T20 World Cup.

India’s second assignment in the Test Championship (2021-23) will be against defending champions New Zealand at home. The series is likely to take place after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in November this year. Their third assignment will be when they lock horns with South Africa in December-January in the Rainbow nation before hosting Sri Lanka in a 3-match Test series.

Indian test team
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
After a lengthy break from the longest format of the game, the team will then battle it out against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which will take place in the second half of 2022. The team’s second WTC campaign will conclude with a 2-match Test series against Bangladesh.

India’s WTC schedule 2021-23:

– India tour of England (5 Test matches)

  1. August 4-8: England vs India, First Test, Trent Bridge
  2. August 12-16: England vs India, Second Test, Lord’s
  3. August 25-29: England vs India, Third Test, Headingley
  4. September 2-6: England vs India, Fourth Test, Kennington Oval
  5. September 10-14: England vs India, Fifth Test, Old Trafford

– New Zealand tour of India (2 Test matches)

– India tour of South Africa (3 Test matches)

– Sri Lanka tour of India (3 Test matches)

– India tour of Bangladesh (2 Test matches)

 Virat Kohli-led India’s Aim Is To Finish The League Stage Among The Top 2 Sides

Virat Kohli & Co. would look to put in a similarly dominant performance in the 2nd phase of the Test Championship as they did in the first phase. With the initial aim being to finish the league stage among the top two sides, Virat Kohli would be hopeful of a WTC final series this time rather than a one-off contest, having publicly expressed the same after his team’s defeat to the Kiwis.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

The 32-year-old spoke about the need for a minimum of three-Test series in the future to decide the potential winners of the WTC Final. The next WTC Final will now be played in 2023 and Virat Kohli like coach Ravi Shastri and former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels one match is not enough to determine the winners.

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
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BCCI Sought Time From ICC To Take Call On Hosting T20I World Cup 2021

BCCI (Board Of Control For Cricket In India) has sought more time from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take an “appropriate call” on hosting the T20 World Cup 2021.

The tournament is currently scheduled to be held in India in the months of October and November later this year.

BCCI, T20I World Cup
BCCI, T20I World Cup

BCCI SGM Authorized Office Bearers To Seek Extension Of Time From ICC To Take An Appropriate Call To Host ICC T20I World Cup 2021 In India

The decision to seek an extension was taken at the Special General Meeting (SGM) which was held virtually on Saturday where it was also decided that the remainder of the IPL 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September-October.

“The SGM further authorized the Office Bearers to seek an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021,” the board said in its press release.

T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Last month, the BCCI had picked nine venues for the T20 World Cup — New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow. The final of the multi-nation tournament was scheduled on November 13 at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.

BCCI’s Plan To Host T20 WC In India Was Jolted By The Second Wave Of Covid-19

However, this decision was taken at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) last month but since then the second wave of the coronavirus led to a record number of cases in the country and even led to the postponement of the IPL 2021 on May 4.

IPL Trophy.
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

While the future of the T20 World Cup is still uncertain, the board has found a window to stage the remaining matches of the 14th edition of the IPL in the UAE. The members, at its SGM, unanimously decided to resume the cash-rich league in the UAE, considering the monsoon situation in India in the months of September-October.

A total of 16 teams are slated to participate in the T20 World Cup 2021. Six tournaments have so far been played, and only the West Indies, who currently holds the title, have won the tournament on multiple occasions. West Indies are the current T20 World Cup holders, beating England in the 2016 final, winning their second title.

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani
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Ehsan Mani Confirms Asia Cup Likely To Be Postponed If India Reaches WTC Final

Ehsan Mani, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Sunday confirmed that the Asia Cup which was slated to be held in June 2021 is likely to be postponed if India manages to qualify for the finals of the World Test Championship.

The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani on Sunday said that the Asia Cup 2021, which is scheduled to be held in the month of June according to the FTP, is likely to be postponed till 2023 if the Indian team qualifies for the ICC World Test Championship final, which is also slated to be held during that period in England.

Ehsan Mani
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani Image Source: TWITTER PHOTO

Ehsan Mani: Asia Cup Was Set To Be Held In 2020 But Was Postponed To 2021

The PCB chairman revealed the details of the Asia Cup 2021, to be held finally in Sri Lanka after being postponed, while addressing a press conference on Sunday in Karachi.

“Asia Cup was set to go last year but it got postponed to this year. Right now, it looks like Asia Cup won’t be going ahead this year as the WTC finals are set to go ahead in June. Sri Lanka had said that they would try to host the tournament in June,” Ehsan Mani told reporters in Karachi during a press conference.

Wasim Khan
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)

“The dates are clashing. We think the tournament would not be going ahead, and we might have to push the tournament to 2023,” he added.

PCB CEO Wasim Khan also said that it looks like India will reach the finals of the WTC, in all probability so the Asia Cup needs to be postponed.

“It looks like India has reached the finals and they will clash against New Zealand. This is why the Asia Cup set to be played in Sri Lanka won’t go ahead. We are waiting for confirmation but if it does not go ahead, we are planning for the future,” said Khan during a virtual press conference.

India were the defending champions of Asia Cup 2016, and retained their title in 2018, after beating Bangladesh by three wickets in the final. Asia Cup 2016 was a T20 tournament. India won all of its matches played in Asia Cup 2016 beating Bangladesh 2 times, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and UAE.

Ehsan Mani: PCB Want Written Confirmation To Get Visas For T20I World Cup

Ehsan Mani also said that the PCB has sent a letter addressed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in order to get details about the issuance of visas from India for the T20 World Cup, slated to be held later in the year.

“India is set to host T20 World Cup in October-November this year. I have told the board that we want written confirmation from India that our fans, journalists, and players will get visas. I have a meeting with ICC and I will raise this point once again,” said Mani.

Pakistan Cricket Board
Pakistan Cricket Board Image Source: FILE IMAGE

PCB has asked India for visa assurances for their players, support staff, fans, and media. Ehsan Mani also said that if India fails to provide assurance then the T20 World Cup needs to be shifted elsewhere.

“The ICC has said that the assurance will come by March. If we do not get the assurance, then the tournament needs to be moved. We have a visa problem, Covid-19 situation also needs to be looked at. The ICC has made a contingency plan that if T20 World Cup cannot be played in India, then it will go ahead in the UAE,” Ehsan Mani further stated.

“The ICC management has said that the decision needs to be finalized by March 31,” he added. 

Ehsan Mani revealed that if India is unable to issue visas for the World Cup, the ICC has already decided beforehand that the T20I World Cup in India would be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while adding that the governing body wants to come to a decision by March 31.

MS Dhoni,
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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I Feel MS Dhoni’s Presence Is Not So Important For Winning ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Aakash Chopra

All MS Dhoni’s lover wants to know when he will play again for India. However, the former Indian captain has been silent over his comeback. It’s been over a year since he last played for the national team. Thus, everyone wants to know whether the Ranchi-Star would play for India in the next big assignment, T20 World Cup 2021.

The renowned cricket-commentator Aakash Chopra was also surrounded by a similar question on his YouTube Channel. A fan asked him whether MS Dhoni’s presence would be crucial to India’s chances of winning the 2021 T20 World Cup at home.

MS.Dhoni
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Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra gave a straightforward answer which Dhoni’s fan would not take easily. He opined that India would manage to win the trophy without the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.

“I think we can manage without him, let’s be honest. Because we are talking about 2021.”

“It is in India and you definitely want Dhoni to be there in the team and want him to play.”

He also observed that whether Dhoni himself is eager to join the team. According to him, Dhoni is doesn’t want to play for the Indian team.

But first thing, does Dhoni want to play? I have been saying this like a broken record that I feel he doesn’t want to play,” he added.

Akash Chopra Reckons India would manage to win without MS Dhoni:

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

Aakash Chopra explained that even if MS Dhoni makes himself available, team India have to get used to managing without him for the World Cup 2023.

“But even if he is available, we are talking about 2021. It is still more than a year to go when that World Cup will happen in India. So, we have to get used to managing without him and I think will get used to it by then, Chopra said.

At last, Chopra concluded that MS Dhoni’s presence is not so critical that the Indian team cannot win the World Cup without him.

“So I feel his presence is not so important that if he is not there you will not win the World Cup,” he added.

MS Dhoni last played for India in the upsetting World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. He made himself unavailable after the mega event. However, he would be seen in action for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL edition in the UAE.

ICC T20 World Cup
ICC T20 World Cup trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Breaking: ICC T20 World Cup 2021 To Be Held In India, Australia To Host The Tournament In 2022

India have been confirmed as the hosts for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. On the other hand, Australia will host the marquee event in 2022. The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 this year was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL), to be held from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

India, on the other hand, were originally scheduled to host the competition in 2021. However, it was expected that Australia would host the 2021 edition as it had already started preparations and would not like to wait for two years. At the same time, recent reports suggested that BCCI also did not want to forego its right to host the tournament in 2021 and has now managed to retain its hosting rights.

BCCI, T20 World Cup, Teams, Venues, Schedule
ICC T20 World Cup. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

India and Australia have decided to swap the hosting rights for the competition after the heads of the BCCI and Cricket Australia connected virtually to discuss the hosting of two T20 World Cups in the next two years during ICC’s board meeting on Friday. One of the reasons behind swapping the rights could be the 2023 50-over World Cup in India. The BCCI might not be willing two host two ICC tournaments back-to-back.

ICC Acting Chairman Imran Khwaja said: “Over the last few months as we have considered how we return to staging global events, our number one priority has been to protect the health and safety of everyone involved in ICC events.

“The decisions the Board have taken today are in the best interests of the sport, our partners and importantly our fans. I’d like to thank our partners at the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket New Zealand as well as the Australian and New Zealand governments for their continued support and commitment to a safe return to ICC events,” he added.

The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and first since 2016. Incidentally, the 2016 edition was also hosted by India. West Indies had won that tournament by beating England in the thrilling final.

Along with this, Women’s ODI World Cup has also been postponed to 2022. The Women’s ODI World Cup was scheduled to be held in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7 2021. In the previous edition, England and India had played the final at Lord’s and the hosts had come out victorious.

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PCB CEO Wasim Khan Denies Pulling Out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Within a day after stating to boycott the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan has quashed his previous statement. With BCCI more than likely to refuse to travel Pakistan for Asia Cup 2020, Khan had earlier stated that if India will not tour Pakistan than they will also pull out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 scheduled to take place in India.

As of now, Pakistan has the rights to host the Asia Cup 2020. While BCCI has not openly talked about the participation of Team India in Asia Cup. India’s back out from the event will surely cost Pakistan because they might also lose the right to host.

Moreover, the hosting of the Asia Cup will open the doors for them to invite other countries.

PCB, Wasim Khan, ICC T20 World Cup 2021,
Indian team. Credits: BCCI Twitter

PCB CEO Wasim Khan on ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

As reported by Pakistan media on Friday (25th January), Khan said that if the BCCI does not send the team for the Asia Cup this year, Pakistan would subsequently refuse to tour India next year for the T20 World Cup.

But now, the PCB CEO has taken a complete U-turn, saying that he has never meant it. He denied reports on Pakistan not sending the team to India for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

PCB, Wasim Khan, ICC T20 World Cup 2021,
Pakistan team. Credits: Twitter

“Not at all. We never stated at any stage that Pakistan would not be touring India. The context of the conversation was based around Asia Cup which we have been awarded and we are due to host in September this year,” the PCB CEO Khan said.

“What I said was that we need to be convinced about the security of our players for the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. That is if we are granted visas. But never did I say that we would be pulling out of the T20 World Cup,” he added.

“T20 World Cup is an ICC tournament and it will be factually incorrect to state that we will pull out of a World Cup if India didn’t come to play Asia Cup,” Khan clarified.

Meanwhile, after successfully hosting Sri Lanka for T20I and Test series, Pakistan is playing the T20I series against Bangladesh at home. Recently, Pakistan becomes the first-ever team to feature in the 150 T20Is.

Babar Azam-led side has taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-match T20I series.

Ehsan Mani
India vs Pakistan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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PCB Claims to Boycott T20 World Cup 2021, If Team India Refuse to Play Asia Cup 2020 in Pakistan

As of now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is officially yet to decide regarding their participation in the Asia Cup 2020 which is scheduled in Pakistan. While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is doing best while concurrently hosting their neighbours Bangladesh for the ongoing T20I series.

Earlier, there were reports that Pakistan has given up the T20 Asia Cup hosting rights to Bangladesh as they agreed to tour Pakistan soil to play full-fledged series.

However, Chief Executive of the PCB, Wasim Khan has quashed these rumours. He also revealed that the association is also considering another option to host the Asia Cup.

“It is not the prerogative of the PCB or the ICC to change the host as it was the decision of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC),” Wasim was quoted as saying by The Dawn.

PCB to Boycott T20 World Cup 2021, If India Refuse to play Asia Cup 2020 in Pakistan:

Wasim Khan
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Wasim maintained if India won’t make it to Pakistan for the Asia Cup 2020, then they would also refuse to partake in the T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled in India.

 

“We are currently considering two venues to host the Asia Cup. If India doesn’t come to Pakistan for the Asia Cup, we would also refuse participation in the 2021 T20 World Cup there,” added Khan.

Reports also suggested that BCCI’s rigidness to not participate in the Asia cup has resulted in Pakistan losing the hosting rights for the T20 Asia Cup 2020.

India, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2020, PCB, BCCI
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Meanwhile, Asia Cup is scheduled to be played in September 2020. Thus, it will be a good platform for India for the preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup which is slated for October in Australia. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Malaysia are the five Asian countries that will participate in the T20 Asia Cup 2020.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is currently leading Bangladesh 2-0 in the three-match T20Is. They won both their T20Is at Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.