ICC (International Cricket Council) has announced the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 groups, which are hosted by BCCI from 17 October to 14 November in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
As a result of their team rankings as of 20 March 2021, former champions England, Australia, and South Africa have been pooled with the West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 12s, while two qualifiers from Round 1 have been added.
In Group 2, India and Pakistan will be joined by New Zealand, Afghanistan, and the two remaining qualifiers from Round 1.
There are eight participating teams, including Sri Lanka and Bangladesh who have qualified by virtue of automatic qualification, plus six teams who qualified through ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
A group consisting of Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia, and Sri Lanka will join Group A, while a group of Oman, PNG, Scotland, and Bangladesh will compete in Group B.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Groups
Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1, and B2.
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, and B1.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said:
It is good to get Oman in the frame of world cricket with the hosting of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It will help a lot of young players take an interest in the game. We know it will be a world-class event in this part of the world.
ICC Acting Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said:
We are delighted to announce the groups for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. There are some great matchups offered by the groups and it starts to bring the event to life for our fans as our first multi-team event since the onset of the global pandemic draws closer.
Given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we selected the cutoff date as close as possible to the event to ensure we were able to include the maximum amount of cricket in the rankings which determine the groups. There is no doubt we will witness some highly competitive cricket when the event gets underway in just three months.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said:
With the announcement of groupings, our countdown for the ICC T20 World Cup kickstarts. There is nothing that separates the two groups as both are packed with sides that are highly competitive in the shortest format of the game. Having said that, the exciting T20 format is known for its surprises, and we must be prepared for the same. I am sure we will witness some exciting and nail-biting games
I am particularly delighted to be in Oman. As a major force in world cricket, the BCCI has always endeavored to promote and assist Associate Nations. In my capacity as Asian Cricket Council President, my vision is to take cricket far and deep into Asia. Co-hosting the World Cup will put Oman Cricket on the global stage. They are also playing the Qualifiers and it will be icing on the cake if they make it to the Super 12s.
Oman Cricket Chairman, Pankaj Khimji said:
Oman Cricket has come a long way and today is a watershed moment for us to have ICC and BCCI here at Oman Cricket Academy to announce the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup groups!
Playing in and hosting the event gives us an opportunity to showcase not just our commitment to growing the game but also showcasing Oman as a welcoming destination to the world!
Vice President Emirates Cricket Board, Khalid Al Zarooni said:
Understanding the current sporting climate, in such unprecedented times, Emirates Cricket congratulates the ICC, the BCCI and the respective teams on today’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 groupings’ announcement.
“Looking at these groups we anticipate a highly competitive, thoroughly enjoyable spectacle of international cricket. This is truly an aspirational tournament and one the wider UAE Cricket team is extremely excited to be involved in.
Aside from Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Dubai, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Groups schedule will be announced shortly.