The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The world cup is to be hosted by the BCCI in Oman and the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 14 November.
The matches will be played at four venues – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium, and Oman Cricket Academy Ground. The fixtures will be announced soon.
ICC T20 WC 2021: Groups
The groups were selected based on team rankings as of 20 March 2021. Interestingly defending champions 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.
Group 2 will comprise the best rivalry on the field between India and Pakistan. New Zealand, Afghanistan, and the other two qualifiers from Round 1 will join them.
Eight teams will contest the first round including automatic qualifiers Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The remaining six who booked their spot through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 will be there. Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia will join Sri Lanka in Group A. While Oman, PNG, and Scotland will face Bangladesh in Group B.
What ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice says about T20 world cup
“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. 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.” Allardice added.