Where is the T20 World Cup 2021? Location of men’s international cricket competition and venue guide
The United Arab Emirates is holding the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup with matches being played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Oman has also hosted group stage matches
The Men’s International T20 World Cup 2021 started on Sunday 17 October with the initial group stage matches.
Eight teams have begun their World Cup campaign and will hope to make it through to the next Super 12 stage which begins on Saturday 23 October.
India are the official hosts of the tournament this year, however due to increasing concerns regarding the Covid-19 situation, it has been moved to the United Arab Emirates.
Here is all you need to know about the venues of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Dubai’s Cricket ground was built in 2009 and has a capacity of 25,000 people. It is the record-holder for the most men’s T20Is hosted as it has hosted 62 matches in the shorter format of the game.
The Stadium is known for its ‘ring of fire’. The ground features over 300 floodlights which are fixed to the circumference of the stadium and which reduce the appearance of shadows during night-time fixtures.
In 2018, Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosted the Asia Cup Final between Bangladesh and India. It has also hosted the final of the ICC MEn’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers in 2019.
Between Saturday 23 October and Friday 5 November 2021, Dubai will host 10 of the Super 12 fixtures for the T20 World Cup, including England’s first match against the West Indies on Saturday.
The ground will also host the second semi final as well as the final of the Twenty20 World Cup 2021.
Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium
The Sharjah stadium in the UAE was built in 1982 but first used for international cricket in 1984. Since then, it has played host to 263 international men’s matches which is the third highest of any ground. Sydney Cricket Ground has hosted 277, while Melbourne is a close second having hosted 275.
240 men’s ODI matches have been played at the ground which is 91 more games than the next most used venue, Sydney Cricket Ground.
Sharjah has a capacity for 27,000 people.
The ground is famous for having been the place where Javed Miandad hit his triumphant last ball six against India in 1986 and also witnessed Sachin Tendulkar’s phenomenal back-to-back centuries against Australia.
On Friday 22 October, Sharjah will host two group stage matches : Namibia v Ireland and Sri Lanka v Netherlands.
It will then be host to nine Super 12 matches between Sunday 24 October and Sunday 7 November 2021.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium
The Sheikh Zayed STadium is a multi-purpose stadium in the Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi. It was built in 2004 and has since been the most used venue in men’s T20I history. The Zayed Stadium has hosted 48 T20I matches and has a 20,000 person capacity
It held its first inaugural first-class match in 2004 hosting Scotland and Kenya. Two years later, the ground hosted its first official international fixture when India played Pakistan in an ODI.
It has also played host, along with the ICC Academy and Dubai International Stadium, the 2019 T20 qualifying tournament.
In this year’s T20 tournament, it has already hosted two Round 1 fixtures and will host 10 Super 12 fixtures before hosting the first semi-final on Wednesday 10 November 2021.
Oman Cricket Academy Ground
Situated in the Arabian peninsula, Oman has a cricket ground which was established in 2012 and it can host up to 3000 people. The ground was opened and endowed by the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said and holds official ICC Test accreditation.
So far, it has hosted 30 T20 International matches as well as four ODIs as part ot eht Cricket World Cup League 2.
The Oman stadium sits in front of the Al Hajar Mountains and is just outside of Muscat.
At this year’s T20 World Cup, Oman will only host the Group 1 fixtures between Sunday 17 October 2021 and Thursday 21 October 2021.
When is the T20 World Cup 2021?
The International Cricket Council are showing highlights and short clips of each match on their website.
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