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The wait is over. After successive changes and postponements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Twenty20 Cricket World Cup is here.

Due to be played in Australia last year, and then moved to India before it was again relocated, the seventh edition of the T20 World Cup will take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman over the next four weeks, marking the first time the Middle East has hosted the event.

An event that never fails to deliver big and exciting moments, this year’s T20 World Cup will see 16 nations represented by the world’s best men’s short-format cricketers.

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West Indies are the defending champions from 2016, and have won the tournament a record two times, but will face fierce competition from world No. 1 England along with the likes of India, Australia and New Zealand for this year’s crown.

When is the ICC T20 World Cup?

  • Dates: Oct. 17 to Nov. 14

The ICC T20 World Cup was originally scheduled for October 2020 in India. The rescheduled T20 World Cup will begin on Sunday, Oct. 17 in United Arab Emirates and Oman. 

The final will take place on Sunday, Nov. 14. 

T20 World Cup TV & streaming in the USA

  • TV channel: n/a 
  • Live stream: ESPN+, Willow TV

ESPN+ will stream the T20 World Cup starting Sunday, Oct. 17. The streaming service will show all matches in English and Hindi.

Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. ET for first-round matches, starting with Oman vs. Papua New Guinea, followed by Bangladesh vs. Scotland at 10 a.m. ET. ESPN+ will also show footage from the warm-up matches featuring India, West Indies, England, New Zealand, Australia and more.

ESPN+ offers a subscription for $6.99 a month ($69.99 per year). Fans can also purchase The Disney Bundle, which allows access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu or $13.99/month (Hulu with ads) or $19.99/month (Hulu without ads).

Click here to learn more about ESPN+ pricing and bundling options.

Willow TV is a streaming service solely dedicated to showing overseas cricket matches. They offer a $9.99/month or $60/year subscription. Willow is offered through Dish, Sling, Spectrum, Fiox, Xfinity, Optimum, Google Fiber and Altice One.

Willow TV will be showing the entirety of the matches from the ICC T20 World Cup.

Who is playing in the T20 World Cup?

There will be 16 teams playing in the 2021 T20 World Cup.

  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Australia
  • England
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • West Indies
  • Afghanistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Bangladesh
  • Netherlands
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Ireland
  • Namibia
  • Scotland
  • Oman

T20 World Cup draw

The groups for this year’s T20 World Cup are listed below. The first matches for Round 1 Group B will compete on Sunday, Oct. 17, while Group A will begin on Monday, Oct. 18. From there, Groups B and A will alternate days for competition.

Teams will play in Round 1 of the tournament, with the top from each group progressing to the Super 12s against the top-eight ranked T20 cricket nations.

Group 1 competition will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23, followed by Group 2 competition beginning on Sunday, Oct. 24. The groups will also alternate days for competition until the semifinals begin on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

There will be 45 games in the tournament including the final. 

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T20 World Cup groups

Round 1

Group A Group B
Sri Lanka Bangladesh
Ireland Scotland
Netherlands Papua New Guinea
Namibia Oman

Super 12s

Group A Group B
Australia India
England Pakistan
South Africa New Zealand
West Indies Afghanistan
1st in Round 1 Group A 1st in Round 1 Group B
2nd in Round 1 Group B 2nd in Round 1 Group A

T20 World Cup 2021 schedule

Round 1

Match Date Time (ET) Location
Oman 131/0 def. Papua New Guinea 129/9 Sunday, Oct. 17 6 a.m. Oman
Scotland 140/9 def. Bangladesh 134/7 Sunday, Oct. 17 10 a.m. Oman
Ireland 107/3 def. Netherlands 106 Monday, Oct. 18 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Sri Lanka 100/3 def. Namibia 96 Monday, Oct. 18 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Scotland 165/9 def. Papua New Guinea 148 Tuesday, Oct. 19 6 a.m. Oman
Bangladesh 153 def. Oman 127/9 Tuesday, Oct. 19 10 a.m. Oman
Namibia 166/4 def. Netherlands 164/4 Wednesday, Oct. 20 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Sri Lanka 171/7 def. Ireland 101 Wednesday, Oct. 20 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Bangladesh 181/7 def. Papua New Guinea 97 Thursday, Oct. 21 6 a.m. Oman
Scotland 123/2 def. Oman 122 Thursday, Oct. 21 10 a.m. Oman
Namibia 126/2 def. Ireland 125/8 Friday, Oct. 22 6 a.m. Sharjah
Sri Lanka 45/2 def. Netherlands 44 Friday, Oct. 22 10 a.m. Sharjah

Super 12 Groups 1 and 2

Match Date Time (ET) Location
Australia 121/5 def. South Africa 118/9  Saturday, Oct. 23 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
England 56/4 def. West Indies 55 Saturday, Oct. 23 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Sri Lanka 172/5 def. Bangladesh 171/4 Sunday, Oct. 24 6 a.m. Dubai
Pakistan 152/0 def. India 151/7 Sunday, Oct. 24 10 a.m. Dubai
Afghanistan 190/4 def. Scotland 60 Monday, Oct. 25 10 a.m. Sharjah
South Africa 144/2 def. West Indies 143/8 Tuesday, Oct. 26 6 a.m. Dubai
Pakistan 135/5 def. New Zealand 134/8 Tuesday, Oct. 26 10 a.m. Sharjah
England 126/2 def. Bangladesh 124/9 Wednesday, Oct. 27 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Namibia 115/6 def. Scotland 109/8 Wednesday, Oct. 27 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Australia 155/3 def. Sri Lanka 154/6 Thursday, Oct. 28 10 a.m. Dubai
West Indies 142/7 def. Bangladesh 139/5 Friday, Oct. 29 6 a.m. Sharjah
Pakistan 148/5 def. Afghanistan 147/6 Friday, Oct. 29 10 a.m. Dubai
South Africa 146/6 def. Sri Lanka 142 Saturday, Oct. 30 6 a.m. Sharjah
England 126/2 def. Australia 125 Saturday, Oct. 30 10 a.m. Dubai
Afghanistan 160/5 def. Namibia 98/9 Sunday, Oct. 31 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
New Zealand 111/2 def. India 110/7 Sunday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. Dubai
England 163/4 def. Sri Lanka 137 Monday, Nov. 1 10 a.m. Sharjah
South Africa 86/4 def. Bangladesh 84 Tuesday, Nov. 2 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Pakistan 189/2 def. Namibia 144/5 Tuesday, Nov. 2 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
New Zealand v. Scotland Wednesday, Nov. 3 6 a.m. Dubai
Afghanistan v. India Wednesday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Australia v. Bangladesh Thursday, Nov. 4 6 a.m. Dubai
West Indies v. Sri Lanka Thursday, Nov. 4 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
New Zealand v. Namibia Friday, Nov. 5 6 a.m. Sharjah
India v. Scotland Friday, Nov. 5 10 a.m. Dubai
Australia v. West Indies Saturday, Nov. 6 6 a.m. Abu Dhabi
England v. South Africa Saturday, Nov. 6 10 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Afghanistan v. New Zealand Sunday, Nov. 7 5 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Pakistan v. Scotland Sunday, Nov. 7 9 a.m. Sharjah
India v. Namibia Monday, Nov. 8 9 a.m. Dubai

Finals

Match Date Time (ET) Venue
Semifinal 1 — A1 v. B2 Wednesday, Nov. 10 9 a.m. Abu Dhabi
Semifinal 2 — B1 v. A2 Thursday, Nov. 10 9 a.m. Dubai
Final Sunday, Nov. 14 9 a.m. Dubai



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