When is England cricket team playing next? T20 World Cup schedule, dates, start times of group matches

The International Twenty20 World Cup is underway and England will play their first match on Saturday 23 October 2021 against the West Indies

The England Cricket team are currently in preparations for the International men’s Twenty20 World Cup which started on Sunday 17 October 2021.

Eoin Morgan’s team have two warm-up matches this week ahead of their opening fixture against reigning Twenty20 World Champions, the West Indies on Saturday 23 October 2021.

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England have been out in Oman preparing for the World Cup since 5 October however captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Moeen Ali have only just joined them due to their Indian Premier League commitments.

Morgan had been captaining the IPL runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders while Moeen Ali became the first English player to win the Trophy as his unbeaten 37 runs off 20 helped Chennai Super Kings to lift the biggest domestic Twenty20 tournament in the world.

Moeen Ali’s recent form in T20 with CSK will not go unnoticed and will be invaluable if England hope to lift the trophy on 14 November 2021.

Moeen Ali recently triumphed with CSK in the IPL. He has now joined the England Squad ahead of their T20 campaign

Here’s all you need to know about England’s upcoming fixtures in the International Men’s World Cup 2021

What is the format of the T20 World Cup 2021

The first matches of the T20 World Cup 2021 will involve eight teams split into Group A and Group B. The top two teams from each group will then move into either Super Group 1 or Super Group 2 with the other higher ranking teams.

After all the teams have played each other as part of the SuperGroup 12 stage, the top four will then make it through to the semifinals. The final will then be played on 14 November 2021.

England is one of the eight teams that will join the tournament for the Super 12 stage and will therefore not be playing until Saturday 23 October 2021.

When are the matches for the T20 World Cup 2021?

The first round of Group matches started on Sunday 17 November 2021 and will be played until Friday 22 October 2021.

The Super12 Group matches will start on Saturday 23 October 2021 and will be played until Saturday 6 November 2021.

The semifinals will then take place on Wednesday 10 November and Thursday 11 November.

The final will be held on Saturday 14 November 2021.

The first match of each day will start at 11am BST and the afternoon matches will mostly begin at 3pm BST with a few later on in the tournament starting at 2pm BST.

West Indies are the current holders of the T20 World Cup. They beat England in the 2016 final

When are England playing?

England have two warm up matches before their group stage starts:

  • Monday 18 October 2021: England v India
  • Wednesday 20 October 2021: England v New Zealand

Group 1 matches:

  • Saturday 23 October: England v West Indies 3pm BST
  • Wednesday 27 October: England v Group B Runners up 11am BST
  • Saturday 30 October: England v Australia 3pm BST
  • Monday 1 November: England v Group A Winners 2pm BST
  • Saturday 6 November: England v South Africa 2pm BST

Who is playing in the England T20 Squad?

Eoin Morgan has named an 18 man squad for the tournament:

Batters: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan

Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler (Vice-Captain), Jonny Bairstow

All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Chris Woakes

Bowlers: Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Reserves: Reece Topley, James Vince, Liam Dawson

How to watch the T20 World Cup 2021:

All matches will be available to watch on Sky Sports Cricket. Matches will also be live streamed through Sky Go or through the Sky Sports Website if you have a subscription through Virgin Media or NOW TV.

The International Cricket Club will also be showing five minute clips and highlights of all matches.

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