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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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ICC Announced The Groups For T20I World Cup 2021

ICC announced the groups for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November.

The groups, selected on the basis of team rankings as of 20 March 2021, see defending champions the West Indies pooled along with former champions England, Australia, and South Africa in Group 1 of the Super 12s, with two qualifiers from Round 1 joining them.

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

ICC Delighted To Announce The Groups For T20I World Cup 2021: Geoff Allardice

Group 2 will comprise former champions India and Pakistan. New Zealand, Afghanistan, and the other two qualifiers will be the other teams in Group 2 of Super 12s.

Eight teams will contest the first round including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with the remaining six who booked their spot through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019. Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia join Sri Lanka in Group A, whilst Oman, PNG, and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B.

ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice: “We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great matchups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer. 

“Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups. There is no doubt we will witness some highly competitive cricket when the event gets underway in just three months.”

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

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah: “With the announcement of groupings, our countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup kickstarts. There is nothing that separates the two groups as both are packed with sides that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, the exciting T20 format is known for its surprises, and we must be prepared for the same. I am sure we will witness some exciting and nail-biting games

“I am particularly delighted to be in Oman. As a major force in world cricket, the BCCI has always endeavoured to promote and assist Associate Nations. In my capacity as Asian Cricket Council President, my vision is to take cricket far and deep into Asia. Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the global stage. They are also playing the Qualifiers and it will be an icing on the cake if they make it to the Super 12s.”

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly: “It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world class event in this part of the world.”

Outside the top eight of the men’s T20I Team Rankings at the cut-off date, Sri Lanka has a tricky tournament path. They enter in Round 1 and need a top-two finish in their group to enter the Super 12 phase. Sri Lanka is one of four teams to have won the men’s T20 World Cup, taking out the tournament in 2014.

The tournament will comprise 45 games, including the final. The top 8 ranked teams have directly earned their places for the main round of the showpiece event this year. Four other teams will join them after playing the Qualifying round. 2014 ICC T20 World Cup champions Sri Lanka will have to play the Qualifiers to earn a place in the main event.

ICC T20I World Cup 2021: Oman And Emirates Cricket Delighted To Host T20I WC

The 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup will be hosted by the UAE and Oman, moving away from its original destination – India due to weather and Covid-19. The tournament will get underway on 17 October and will conclude the following month on 14 November.

Oman Cricket Chairman, Pankaj Khimji: “Oman Cricket has come a long way and today is a watershed moment for us to have ICC and BCCI here at Oman Cricket Academy to announce the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup groups! Playing in and hosting the event gives us an opportunity to showcase not just our commitment to growing the game but also showcasing Oman as a welcoming destination to the world.

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

The top two teams in each group in Round 1 will progress to the Super 12 stage.

Vice President Emirates Cricket Board, Khalid Al Zarooni: “Understanding the current sporting climate, in such unprecedented times, Emirates Cricket congratulates the ICC, the BCCI and the respective teams on today’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 groupings’ announcement. 

“Looking at these groups we anticipate a highly competitive, thoroughly enjoyable spectacle of international cricket. This is truly an aspirational tournament and one the wider UAE Cricket team is extremely excited to be involved in.” 

The venues for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 are Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium,(UAE) and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground (Oman). The tournament schedule will be announced in due course.

The groupings: 

Round 1

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman

Super 12s

Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1, and B2.
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, and B1.

Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
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T20 World Cup 2021 Draws To Be Announced On 16th July

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.

File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
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Rajeev Shukla : Board Officially Informed ICC That T20I WC 2021 Can Be Shifted To UAE

Rajeev Shukla, BCCI vice-president has said that the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus situation in India forced the cricket board to shift the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 to the United Arab Emirates.

On Monday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the board has officially informed ICC that the marquee event can be shifted to UAE.

Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS
Rajeev Shukla Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS

Rajeev Shukla: It Has Been Decided BCCI Will Inform The ICC To Move T20I World Cup To The UAE Due To Prevailing Covid-19 Situation In India

However, the BCCI will remain the host of the event.

“As far as T20 World Cup is concerned, today (June 28) was the deadline as we had to inform the ICC about our decision so today there was a conference call between BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah, Treasurer Arun Dhumal, me and the Joint Secretary,” Shukla told news agency ANI on Monday.

He continued, “We looked at the COVID-19 situation and nobody is sure what is going to happen after two-three months, looking at everything, it has been decided that Secretary Jay Shah and President Ganguly will inform the ICC to move the tournament to the UAE.”

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

Rajeev Shukla also termed UAE as the ideal venue after India to host the marquee event and said considering the scale of the T20 World Cup, BCCI took the decision.

“UAE is an ideal venue after India. We all wanted to host it in India, but you know it is an international tournament and that too of big size, so it was very hard to predict what is going to happen with the COVID situation, after due consideration, now the BCCI has decided to move the T20 World Cup to the UAE,”Rajeev Shukla said.

The T20 World Cup scheduled to happen in India will be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the health and safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly.

The T20 cricket event is to be held in October-November. This development came after the pandemic forced the postponement of IPL,  the second part of which will be also held in the UAE in September-October. BCCI was also mulling if Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Pune could host a three-city event with the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium. But there were several complications on that front, too.

Rajeev Shukla: Dates For The T20I World Cup 2021 Will Remain Unchanged

Rajeev Shukla also said that the dates for the event remain unchanged and will start from October 17, two days after the IPL 2021 final. He added that Oman and Muscat could play host to the qualifying matches.

“The dates are going to be the same, immediately after the IPL, the tournament will start. The format for the World Cup has already been decided by the ICC, qualifiers may take place in Oman and Muscat. The rest of the matches will be in the three grounds — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah,” he said.

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

The ICC T20I World Cup will be played in three stadiums of the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah — and Oman’s Muscat. It said that each group will have matches in the UAE and Oman. Round 1 will include 12 matches that will be played between eight teams. Out of these, four teams would qualify for the super 12s.

In the super 12s, four teams from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, and Papua New Guinea will join the others. In super 12s, 30 games will be held. Following the conclusion of the super 12s, four teams will move to the semi-finals. The dates of the finals and the semi-finals have not been decided yet,

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
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Pakistan Cricket Board Yet To Receive Some Clarifications From The UAE Which May Lead To Postponement Of PSL 6

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the six franchise owners on Wednesday discussed in a virtual session the operational planning and delivery of the remaining 20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, which are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Following detailed discussions in which all potential scenarios were reviewed and analyzed, it was unanimously agreed to wait until the close of business on Thursday (UAE time) before a final decision on the hosting of the remaining matches is made.

Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy, PSL 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Needs Clarifications From Relevant Authorities In UAE And If It’s Not Received, The Remaining Matches Will Be Postponed Again

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season had seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament in March 2021. Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. Fawad Ahmed and Tom Banton contracted the virus while Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy breached the bio bubble protocols which led to the postponement of IPL 6.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in an official release said: “In today’s online discussion, we updated the team owners that the PCB had been advised that the PSL had received approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE. However, some clarifications on certain exemption requests are still awaited, which are expected at some stage on Thursday.”

“The team owners agreed that if we do not receive clarity by Thursday afternoon, then they’ll have no other option but to request postponement of the remaining 20 matches. In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board as they are equally keen for the event to be held in the UAE,” he added.

Earlier, the Abu Dhabi government had given its nod to host the remaining fixtures of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the Emirates.

PSL 2021 Will Resume In June

The governing body Pakistan Cricket Board had said last month that the PSL would resume on June 1 and the remaining 20 games would take place in Karachi’s National Stadium, with the final on June 20.

It was reported that all six PSL franchises had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the tournament to the UAE, which also hosted last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The lucrative IPL T20 competition of 2021 was suspended abruptly this week, triggered by a resurgence of the pandemic in India.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021

However, UAE authorities put forward a condition that all the participants need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which was reported by ESPNcricinfo. This possessed a challenge to the PCB as the teams and broadcast crew to involve people from all around the world and each country has its own process of vaccination.

PSL six was postponed after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March this year. The tournament will now resume in June with the final scheduled for June 20.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter
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BCCI Looking Forward To England, Australia And UAE As Venues For Phase 2 Of IPL 2021

BCCI mulls over UAE, UK, and Australia as potential venues for ‘Phase 2’ of IPL 2021. The 14th season of the Indian Premier League may have got suspended midway through the season due to multiple Covid cases but the BCCI, IPL franchises, and various stakeholders are in agreement to stage what has been dubbed as ‘Phase 2’ of the competition at some point this year.

The 14th season was suspended by the BCCI on Tuesday after multiple covid cases across four different franchises rocked the competition.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI Have To Make Up Its Mind To Chose The Overseas Venue For IPL 2021

While one thing is certain, according to a report in Times of India, that the competition will not take place in India after what unfolded this week, the BCCI and its stakeholders are mulling at three different options.

“It has to be played overseas. Certain suggestions have already been heard. The BCCI just has to make up its mind,” top sources in the board said as quoted by TOI.

The first option that the BCCI is considering is to stage ‘Phase 2’ in the UAE before the T20 World Cup in the month of September. The Indian Team will be in England for the Test series till September 14. After the series, the Indian and England can directly move to the UAE, finish one week of quarantine, and complete the remaining 31 games before October 22- the day when ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to start.

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

“If the World Cup is shifted, the whole scheduling will get re-worked anyway,” said those in the know. However, they added: “Weather will be a problem because September remains a very hot month and UAE only begins to cool down October onwards.”

The sudden postponement of the IPL, combined with the situation in the country, has forced BCCI into looking at other options for the resumption of the tournament. Last year, the BCCI hosted the entire edition of the cash-rich tournament in the Middle East, across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai – which could serve as a potential venue this year as well.

England And Australia Are Also Good Options To Hold Stage 2 Of IPL 2021

The second option that is being explored is to stage the remaining season at the backend of the English season.

“The weather will be good for cricket. It will suit the broadcaster too because time zones can be adjusted and overseas players from outside of India and England will be willing to travel,” they added.

The third option is to barter the hosting rights of the T20 World Cup with Australia. If the Australian government relaxes its travel restrictions on India in the forthcoming months, then Cricket Australia can host the upcoming T20 World Cup followed by India in 2022.

“Cricket Australia certainly won’t mind this exchange if their government allows. And since international players will anyway arrive there for the World Cup, Perth – which is three-and-half hours ahead of Indian Standard Time – can host Phase-2 to cater to Indian prime-time,” sources said.

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

“This can happen only if the Australian government changes its mind and if broadcasters are willing to agree,” they add. All three options will be in play. “A new destination will infuse freshness into the league and that itself will attract viewership. England and Australia are good options,” industry sources added.

According to a report from TOI, the BCCI are also looking at Australia and the United Kingdom as two major options, especially the latter, with the Indian team touring for a long Test series. The report suggested that BCCI could host the tournament in UAE post the England tour, before the start of the World T20.

Another prime option, the United Kingdom has emerged keeping an eye on UAE being used as a host destination for the global T20 tournament, World T20. In that case, the BCCI will continue their tour to the UK, with the last leg of the IPL.

However, the BCCI believes that the 3rd option Cricket Australia won’t mind the exchange. But given that Australia has closed its borders with India, recently, it is yet to be seen if things improve between the two countries.

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 Confirms Taking T20I World Cup To UAE Is The Contingency Plan

BCCI hasn’t given up yet hopes of hosting the upcoming T20I World Cup and taking the Cup to the UAE is the contingency plan, and not a swap with Australia, who will host the 2022 T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup scheduled in India between October 18-November 15 could move to the United Arab Emirates if the Covid-19 situation in the country does not improve.

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

Dhiraj Malhotra: Contingency Plan Is That T20I World Cup Would Go To UAE With The Hosting Rights Staying With BCCI

Before the latest surge in coronavirus infections in the country, BCCI had shortlisted Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow as the nine host venues. But the severity of the second wave of infections—3,645 deaths were reported in the 24 hours until Thursday evening—has caused huge concern with India’s health infrastructure coming under a lot of strain.

Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra.
Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra. Credit: Facebook/Delhi Capitals Official

“It’s too early to say what will happen. But the contingency plan is that it would go to UAE with the hosting rights staying with BCCI,” Dhiraj Malhotra, GM, BCCI, and the tournament director of the World Cup said.

The Indian board has no option but to wait for the health situation to improve and travel bans imposed by several countries to be lifted before they can hope to stage the world event. It is understood that does happen, keeping the World Cup in India without crowds would be the preferred option before they decide on the contingency plan.

T20I World Cup To Be A 16 Team Affair

The T20 World Cup this year will be a 16-team affair with teams to announce their squads one month before the competition. There are four grounds in the UAE where international matches can be hosted, and should the need arise that option will be activated. The eight-team IPL was successfully staged in the UAE last year.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was initially to be held in Australia.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was initially to be held in Australia. (Reuters Photo)

ICC Men’s Cricket T20 World Cup 2021 will be the 8th T20I World Cup and will take place between October 2021 and November 2021. There will be two continuous T20 world cup in 2021 and 2022(Australia). The ICC announced in April 2018 that T20 World Cup 2021 will replace to Champions Trophy 2021.

The T20I World Cup was initially awarded to Australia, but in a change in schedule, the ICC later awarded it to India as Australia will now host the 2022 edition. India is also scheduled to host the 50-over World Cup in 2023.

The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 2020 was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. India, on the other hand, was originally scheduled to host the competition in 2021.

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United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 4th ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips – Ireland’s Tour Of United Arab Emirates 2021

The hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the visitors Ireland will face each other at Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi) on Monday (18th January) in the last game of the four-match ODI series.

Currently, UAE are leading this series by 1-0. While the hosts won the first ODI by 6 wickets, which was also their first-ever ODI victory against Ireland, the next two ODIs were cancelled due to COVID-19 health concerns.

The fourth ODI has been rescheduled on Monday after UAE authorities gave the green signal for the UAE squad to restart their competitive cricket.

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 4th ODI: Complete Squads

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Ahmed Raza (C), Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Zawar Farid, CP Rizwaan, Karthik Meiyappan, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Adithya Shetty, Vriitya Aravind

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 4th ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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In the first ODI of this series, Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman’s centuries helped the hosts to claim their first-ever ODI victory against Ireland. Rohan Mustafa is also a big name of this side for his useful all-round skills – 754 runs and 43 wickets in 38 ODIs. Captain Ahmed Raza (36 wickets in 32 ODIs) is another crucial name in their bowling line-up.

Wicket-keeper batsman Vriitya Aravind and right-arm pacer Junaid Siddique can impress any days.

Ireland

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Paul Stirling scored centuries in both the last two ODIs (142 vs England and 131* vs UAE). Similarly, captain Andrew Balbirnie scored one century and one half-century in his last two ODIs (113 vs England and 53 vs UAE). Kevin O’Brien is another big name in this batting line-up, who will play 150th ODI on Monday.

While their only 100 ODI wicket-taker Kevin O’Brien (113 wickets) is currently bowling very rare, Barry McCarthy (57 wickets in 32 ODIs) and Craig Young (34 wickets in 18 ODIs) are the major names in their bowling line-up.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Rohan Mustafa

Vice-captain – Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Muhammad Usman

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Vriitya Aravind

Batsmen – Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Muhammad Usman, Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien

All-rounder(s) – Rohan Mustafa (vc), Curtis Campher

Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Andrew McBrine

UAE, Ireland, UAE vs IRE, Fantasy Cricket, ODI
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Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):

Wicket-keeper(s) – Vriitya Aravind

Batsmen – Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Muhammad Usman (vc), Andrew Balbirnie (C), Paul Stirling

All-rounder(s) – Rohan Mustafa, Mark Adair

Bowlers – Junaid Siddique, Ahmed Raza, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young

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United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips – Ireland’s Tour Of United Arab Emirates 2021

The hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) and visitors Ireland will face each other at Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) on Friday (8th January). It will be the first game of the four-match ODI series between these two teams.

It will be their first ODI meeting since the last ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March 2018. While they have played 6 ODIs till the date, Ireland won all those ODIs against the UAE.

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Complete Squads

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Ahmed Raza (C), Chirag Suri (VC), Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Zawar Farid, CP Rizwaan, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Adithya Shetty, Vriitya Aravind

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Predicted XIs

United Arab Emirates (UAE): Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza (C), Mohammad Usman, Chirag Suri, Muhammad Boota, Vritiya Aravind, Sultan Ahmed, Aryan Lakra, Basil Hameed, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique.

Ireland: Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (C), Andy McBrine, James McCollom, Simi Singh, Craig Young, Mark Adair, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher

United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

UAE, Ireland, Fantasy Cricket, UAE vs IRE, 1st ODI
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Muhammad Usman (818 runs in 33 ODIs) and Rohan Mustafa (754 runs in 37 ODIs) are the big names in the UAE batting line-up. Meanwhile, in the recently concluded Emirates D20 2020, Vriitya Aravind highly impressed with the bat as he finished as the second most run-scorer in that tournament. He scored 410 runs in 12 innings, including three half-centuries.

Meanwhile, their top bowlers are Rohan Mustafa (41 wickets in 37 ODIs) and skipper Ahmed Raza (35 wickets in 31 ODIs). Right-arm pacer Junaid Siddique has also impressed in his early days as he has taken 12 wickets in 6 ODIs.

Ireland

UAE, Ireland, Fantasy Cricket, UAE vs IRE, 1st ODI
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Ireland have the experienced batsmen like Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien along with the skipper Andrew Balbirnie. In their last ODI against the hosts England on 4th August 2020, Paul Stirling scored 142 runs and skipper Balbirnie scored 113 runs. Stirling even finished that away ODI series against England as the leading run-scorer.

On the other hand, they also have the bowlers like only 100+ ODI wicket-taker Kevin O’Brien (113 wickets in 148 ODI matches), and consistent bowlers like Barry McCarthy (55 wickets in 31 ODIs) and Craig Young (34 wickets in 17 ODIs). However, in recent times, Kevin O’Brien hasn’t shown his interest with the ball.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain – Paul Stirling, Rohan Mustafa

Vice-captain – Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie

Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket:

Wicket-keeper(s) – Vriitya Aravind

Batsmen – Muhammad Usman, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien

All-rounder(s) – Rohan Mustafa (vc), Mark Adair

Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Junaid Siddique, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young

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Not Two But BCCI Planning To Add One More Franchise In IPL: Reports
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IPL 2020 Was On The Verge Of Cancellation Following Novak Djokovic Testing COVID-19 Positive

Organising the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was not an easy task for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Players’ health was also at stake because of the increasing COVID-19, but the Indian board managed to end the cash-rich league on a successful note.

As coronavirus cases in India were peaking day by day, BCCI had to join hands with Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for holding the 13th edition of the league. United Arab Emirates (UAE) had, earlier, successfully arranged some part of IPL 2014 but it was the first time, the entire league was shifted in the UAE. Also, with new norms introduced, there was the hullabaloo about how the Indian board will arrange it outside India.

Arun Dhumal reveals how BCCI was considering to cancel IPL 2020:

IPL 2020 Was On The Verge Of Cancellation Following Novak Djokovic Testing COVID-19 Positive 1
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BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal recently revealed that the IPL 2020 was on the verge of cancellation after tennis superstar Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19.

The news of him being positive for coronavirus had put BCCI in a dilemma whether to put the health of their player at risk. Dhumal opened up they were mulling over whether to go ahead with IPL 2020 or not.

“After that report (about Djokovic testing positive) came in, we were in two minds. Many people told us to not go ahead with it (IPL). What if something happens to a player? The IPL would go on for almost three months. However, Jay said we should go ahead, he was more confident than all of us,” Dhumal was quoted as saying by Indian Express, as he recalled his conversation with BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

Franchise To Get IPL 2021 Auction Update In December: BCCI
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However, the IPL 2020 was staged from September 19 to November 10 without any major hiccups as top cricketers from around the globe plied their trade in the cash-rich league. Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy after beating Delhi Capitals.

Although the audience was not present in the stadium, this season recorded the most number of viewership. And it also helped in boosting the financial problem of BCCI.

I Will Try To Make My Case Stronger For A National Call-up: Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav. Image Credit: IPL.
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Michael Vaughan Picks Top Five Batsmen Of IPL 2020, Four Alone From Mumbai Indians

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has concluded with Mumbai Indians (MI) lifting the trophy, Michael Vaughan has named the top five batsmen of the 13th edition of the tournament. Surprisingly, among his picks, four batsmen are from the IPL 2020 winners team.

Undoubtedly, the orange cap owner KL Rahul is the first one on Vaughan’s list. The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) showed some classic performance and ended the season as the highest run-getter, scoring 670 runs in 14 matches at an average of 55.83 and a strike rate of 129.34.

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Image Credit: IPL.

Former England captain picked another opening batsman Quinton de Kock in his list. The Mumbai Indians opener played a significant role in giving a good base to the team when Rohit Sharma was struggling and absent in the playing XI. De Kock.

However, didn’t have a good start but he started getting runs as the tournament moved on and ended it with being the highest scorer for MI. He amassed 503 runs, including four fifties at an average of 35.93 and a strike rate of 140.00.

He next picked two powerhouses of Mumbai Indians in the middle-order – Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Both the aggressive batsman killed any opposition team with their power-hitting. Pandya scored 281 runs in 14 matches at the strike rate of above 170 while Pollard smacked 268 runs in 16 matches at the strike rate of above 190.

Suryakumar Yadav’s best batsman of the season for Michael Vaughan:

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Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: IPL)

Suryakumar Yadav is unarguably the choice of Michael Vaughan’s stand out player in all the five. He is full of praise of the Mumbaikar, saying that he is the best player whom he has seen in a long time. In 16 matches, while batting at number three or four positions, he has scored 480 runs at an average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 145.01.

“Players who can play in all situations. He plays quick bowling well, times the ball beautifully……the best player I have seen in a very long long time. The way he can maneuver spinners to the boundary is outstanding…You name it, he will find the way of getting the ball to the boundary,” Michael Vaughan said in a video posted by CricBuzz. 

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