The ICC Men's T20 World Cup is the most anticipated and most prominent sporting event in the UAE. It is going on from October 17 to November 14.
Due to the consequences of the second wave of COVID-19 on India, the T20 world cup has been relocated from India to the UAE and Oman.
The Event is Held in 4 Venues:
- Dubai International Stadium
- The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi
- The Sharjah Stadium
- The Oman Cricket Academy Ground
India's cricket board and the BCCI will remain the host of the event.
The tournament's first round was split between the UAE and Oman, Comprising the eight qualifying teams. Therefore, 4 of these teams will then progress to the Super 12s round, joining the eight automatic qualifiers.
With 90% of cricket's billion-plus fans coming from South Asia, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium match between India and Pakistan was the tournament's biggest talking point last Sun, October 24.
Pakistan had never beaten India in a World Cup game in 12 meetings before this fixture. India had enjoyed seven and five wins in 50-over and 20-over World Cups, respectively, since their first meeting in 1992. However, Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in Dubai 2021.
The fixture generated considerable interest among the more than 4 million people from India and Pakistan who call the UAE their home. Tickets were sold out in less than five hours. More than 2 billion viewers all over the world watched the contest on international channels.
The magnificent 25,000 seats Dubai International Cricket Stadium located in Dubai Sports City, the emirate's state-of-the-art sports complex, will also be the venue for the final of the Twenty20 World Cup on November 14. Dubai is already a central hub for international cricket being home to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport's governing body, and the ICC Academy, where emerging cricket stars are being mentored.
Here's the schedule for the upcoming matches, with start times and venues:
- November 3: New Zealand v Scotland, Dubai (2 pm); India v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (6 pm)
- November 4: Australia v Bangladesh, Dubai (2 pm); West Indies v Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi (6 pm)
- November 5: New Zealand v Namibia, Sharjah (2 pm); India v Scotland, Dubai (6 pm)
- November 6: Australia v West Indies, Abu Dhabi (2 pm); England v South Africa, Sharjah (6 pm)
- November 7: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (2 pm): Pakistan v Scotland, Sharjah (6 pm)
- November 8: India v Namibia, Dubai (6 pm)
- November 10: Semi-final 1 (A1 v B2), Abu Dhabi (6 pm)
- November 11: Semi-final 2 (B1 v A2), Dubai (6 pm)
- November 14: Final, Dubai (6 pm)