FAQ: All you wanted to know about the T20 World Cup 2021
Format, teams involved, prize money, venues - our explainer gives you the lowdown
Indeed, after a gap of five years, we have a T20 World Cup again. The tournament begins on October 17 with a double-header. In the first game, Oman will take on Papua New Guinea. Later in the day, Bangladesh will face Scotland. The final will be played on November 14.
The BCCI are the hosts but the matches will be played in the UAE and Oman. The decision to move the tournament out of India was taken in June, keeping in mind the Covid-19 situation in the country and the possibility of a third wave of infections.
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The tournament will be played in two rounds. The first round will feature eight teams, split into two groups:
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, B1 and A2
In both rounds, a team will get two points for a win; one point for a tie, no result or abandonment; and zero points for a loss.
- Net run rate
- Head-to-head result (points first, then net run rate in that game)
- Original first-round/Super-12 seedings
Yes, for the first time a men's T20 World Cup will have reviews. Each team will be allowed a maximum of two unsuccessful requests per innings, as has been the case in T20Is since cricket resumed after the pandemic.
The teams will play a Super Over. If the Super Over is also tied, the teams will keep playing Super Overs until one wins. If the Super Over is not possible because of, say, weather conditions or time constraints, the match will be declared a tie and the teams will be awarded a point each.
There are no reserve days for group-stage games; only the semi-finals and final have reserve days. Match officials will try to complete the game on the scheduled day; if that doesn't happen, the match will be resumed on the reserve day.
If any team can be thought of as favourites, it has to be England. However, defending champions West Indies, and India, are more than capable of toppling them, and New Zealand and Pakistan cannot be taken lightly either.
The champions get US$1.6 million, the runners-up $800,000, and the losing semi-finalists $400,000 each.
Yes, but in a reduced capacity. The Al Amerat Stadium in Oman has built a temporary structure to host 3000 fans. The Oman government has made it mandatory for all those entering the country, and the stadium, to be fully vaccinated. In the UAE, all venues will be operating at approximately 70% of the maximum capacity. *Fans need to be double vaccinated to be at the stadium in Abu Dhabi, but not in Dubai and Sharjah. They will have to wear masks at all venues.
Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo