If reports are to be believed, the T20 World Cup is all set to commence on October 17, with the final being played on November 14, in UAE. The multi-nation T20 extravaganza will get underway just two days after the second leg of the Indian Premier League ends i.e on November 15. While there is no confirmation from ICC or BCCI officials, a report in ESPN Cricinfo states that the tournament will be played in UAE and Oman. Earlier, Sri Lanka also emerged as the venue for the mega event.
The first round of the T20 World Cup will see Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia, Scotland and Papua New Guinea competing. The top four will progress to the Super 12s, where they will join the top eight teams.
The Super 12 round will see as many as 30 matches being played at the three major venues of UAE. The Super 12 is scheduled to start on October 24. The teams will be divided into two groups and the top two teams from each group will progress through to the semi-finals.
The BCCI had time till June to let ICC know whether they will be able to host the T20 World Cup in India. But the COVID-19 situation still pretty concerning with new cases of Delta Variant emerging. The BCCI played safe and agreed to move the tournament out of India to UAE, a wise move. The BCCI will retain the hosting rights irrespective of the venue.
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