In recent news, the Board of Control of Cricket for India (BCCI) has confirmed that the 2021 T20 World Cup would officially be hosted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman considering that India as a country is struggling to cope with the pandemic. In a letter, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned that the decision was taken by constantly keeping an eye on the Covid-19 situation in the country and the possibility of the third wave and different variants. This was made official by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as well on June 29.
The tournament has already seen a postponement over a year as initially Australia were supposed to host it in 2020. After the postponement in 2020, the BCCI were given the hosting rights of the 2021 T20 World Cup and would retain them even though the competition will be played in the UAE and Oman. Eight teams – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea, will compete in the first round over 12 matches, with the top two from each group qualifying for the Super 12s, where they will join the top eight ranked T20I teams. The Super 12s phase will begin on October 24.
The teams have plenty of cricket lined up before the commencement of the 2021 T20 World Cup and here’s how packed their schedules are.
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES
South Africa are already midway through their tour of the Caribbean as the Test series is over and the five-match T20I series is levelled 1-1. They are taking on the defending champions, West Indies who look back at their devastating best.
INDIA’S TOUR OF SRI LANKA
While the first team is out on official duty in England playing a five-match Test series, India has decided to send another set of squad to Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI and T20I series under the keen observation of Rahul Dravid as head coach.
BANGLADESH’S TOUR OF ZIMBABWE
Bangladesh have been given an opportunity to tour Zimbabwe for a full-fledged tour which includes a solitary Test, three ODIs and three T20Is. The two teams would also compete in the first round of the 2021 T20 World Cup, so this practice would come in handy eventually.
PAKISTAN’S TOUR OF ENGLAND
As soon as Sri Lanka’s series in England gets over, the English boys would have a new challenge in front of them in the form of Babar Azam’s Pakistan. They would be hoping to test themselves against one of the pre-tournament favourites albeit in different conditions than what you find in the UAE.
SOUTH AFRICA’S TOUR OF IRELAND
Ireland is getting prepared for some quality match time as South Africa would visit Dublin after their tour of the Caribbean is over for a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series.
AUSTRALIA’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES
A fresh-faced Australian team would be ready to get back to international action with a tour of the Caribbean. They have a stern test in front of them in the form of the West Indies with a three-match ODI and three-match T20I series planned between the two nations.
PAKISTAN’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES
The busy summer in the Caribbean will get busier when Pakistan visit the islands for a long tour which includes five T20Is and a couple of Test matches as well.
ENGLAND’S TOUR OF PAKISTAN
And finally, before the 2021 T20 World Cup begins, as promised earlier last year, the England cricket team would travel to Pakistan for a two-match T20I series right before the flagship tournament and then travel straight to the UAE.
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