T20 World Cup kicks off on October 17 in UAE, final on November 14: report

The 2021 T20 Men’s World Cup is set to kick off on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates, two days after the Indian Premier League (IPL) final.

The next T20 World Cup will be a 16-team tournament. The flagship event was supposed to take place in India, but there was talk of moving the tournament to the United Arab Emirates.

According to an ESPNcricinfo report, the T20 World Cup final is scheduled for November 14.

ANI previously reported that the first match on the IPL resumption will be played on September 19 while the final will be held on October 15. The cash-rich league was suspended the first week of May after several cases of COVID-19 were reported in the bio-bubble.

The next T20 World Cup will be a 16-team tournament. The flagship event was supposed to take place in India, but there was talk of moving the tournament to the United Arab Emirates.

According to the report, the Cricket Control Council in India (BCCI) has yet to formally write to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“The first round, which will consist of 12 matches, will feature eight teams of which four (the top two in each group) would qualify for the Super 12,” ESPNcricinfo said.

“Four teams from this pack of eight – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea – will then advance to Super 12, joining the top eight T20I teams,” the report said.

The Super 12 phase, comprising 30 matches, is scheduled to begin on October 24 at three venues in the United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

After the Super 12 phase, there will be three playoff games – the two semi-finals and the final.

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