2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Everything You Need To Know

Originally planned to be hosted in Australia a year ago, the road to the start of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup has been a long one. Disruptions on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the tournament being moved from the land down under to Oman and the UAE, and thankfully all looks set to go ahead from October 17th. 

The tournament is sure to pull in the eyes of the sporting world throughout its duration, and the recent reveal of the groups has helped ramp up the excitement even further with some seriously mouth-watering ties on the horizon. 

SinkorSwimSports will have you covered with all the latest goings-on at the event, including all the best cricket betting tips and T20 World Cup markets, but why not get better acquainted with the tournament with this complete event guide.

When And Where Is The 2021 T20 World Cup? 

Start Date: 17th October 2021

End Date: 14th November 2021

Location: UAE and Oman

The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup was originally due to be hosted from mid-October to mid-November in Australia, before being moved to India for the autumn of 2021 after the outbreak of the pandemic. The tournament was moved again to the UAE and Oman in June this year after a surge of positive cases in India.

The tournament will host its matches in four different venues; Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the UAE, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Oman. 

How Does The 2021 T20 World Cup Work? 

The first round of the tournament is set to take place from the 17th until the 22nd of October and features two groups of the lowest-ranked eight teams competing for a spot in the main Super 12 stage. 

The Super 12 stage features two groups of six of the world’s best cricketing nations, taking place between October 23rd and November 8th. Every side will play each other in their group once, with only the top two teams in the groups progressing to the knockout stages. 

The semi-finals will see the winners from each group face the second-placed side from the opposite group on November 10th and 11th, with the two winners facing off in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 14th November. 

Unlike the 2019 World Cup that some sports fans might remember, this year’s World Cup will be played with the T20 format of the game. T20 cricket is the shortest form of the game with the ICC (International Cricket Council), consisting of twenty six-ball overs per side, creating some of the most frantic and explosive spectacles to help keep audiences captivated. 

Who Are The Favourites For The 2021 T20 World Cup? 

Looking at the T20 World Cup odds in the cricket betting markets, India have been priced as the favourites for the tournament with the best pricing currently at 11/4. England reached the final of the last T20 World Cup, are amongst the world’s best white-ball sides and are aiming to make it back-to-back World Cup wins, and are the next best-priced side at 7/2. 

The West Indies have won more T20 World Cups than any other side, entering the 2021 tournament as the current trophy holders, and are locked with Australia as the third favourite for the tournament with odds priced at 13/2. 

However, for those looking to bet on cricket, it should always be remembered that T20 is by far the most volatile form of the game and results can dramatically turn in just a handful of deliveries. England’s stunning loss in the final over against the West Indies in the 2016 World Cup is a prime example of how the pressures of the format can suddenly see a result suddenly whipped away.

What Games Should You Look Out For At The 2021 T20 World Cup? 

October 23rd will see a replay of the 2016 World Cup final, with the West Indies facing off against England in the two teams’ opening fixture. The match will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 18:00+UTC. 

There has been a lot of talk in the world of cricket over this year’s upcoming Ashes series between England and Australia down under, with several individuals from the England camp bemoaning the current restrictions the touring party face. The conversation generated has only added more fuel to what was already one of cricket’s most fierce rivalries, and England will face Australia in Group A on 30th October, in what could turn out to be a deciding fixture for both sides’ hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds. 

Group B’s opening fixture will play host to arguably the one fixture more fierce than England vs. Australia, with Pakistan facing India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24th. Pakistan are one of the biggest potential dark horses at the tournament, and have shown in the past they are more than capable of getting up for a game against their biggest rivals, so this should be an absolute firecracker to tune in for.