2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup

The 2021 Men's ICC T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament, currently planned to take place in India.[2] In April 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the tournament would replace the scheduled 2021 ICC Champions Trophy.[3] This was after the ICC granted full international status to Twenty20 matches played between member sides from 1 January 2019 onwards.[4]

2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
DatesOctober – November 2021
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatTwenty20 International
Host(s) India

In October 2019, it was reported that the ICC could scrap the T20 World Cup Qualifier, which would have been used as a pathway for qualification to the T20 World Cup.[5] Therefore, twelve teams from the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup and four teams from qualification events would advance to the T20 World Cup. On 23 January 2020, the ICC confirmed the full details of qualification for the tournament.[6] In May 2020, the ICC told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that they reserve the rights to take away hosting rights from India, after the BCCI did not secure a tax exemption from the Indian government for the tournament.[7]

Teams and qualificationsEdit

The twelve teams that reach the Super 12 phase of the 2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup will automatically qualify for the 2021 tournament.[8] They will be joined by the top two teams from each of the two Global Qualifiers.[6] The Global Qualifiers will have a total of sixteen teams; the bottom four teams from the 2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, the next four highest ranked T20I sides as of 1 January 2020 (Zimbabwe, Nepal, the United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong), and the eight teams that progress from the Regional Finals.[6]

Means of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
Host nation 1   India
2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(Top 12 teams from the previous tournament, excluding the hosts)
October 2020 Various 11   Afghanistan
  New Zealand
  South Africa
  West Indies
Global Qualifier Group A March – July 2021 2
Global Qualifier Group B March – July 2021 2
Total 16

Global QualifiersEdit

The Global Qualifiers will consist of the four lowest ranked teams from the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup, the four best ranked teams not already qualified for the World Cup or qualifiers; and eight teams from Regional Qualifiers.[6] On 24 March 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that all ICC qualifying events scheduled to take place before 30 June 2020 had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

Mean of qualification Date Venue Berths Qualified
2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(Lowest 4 teams from the previous tournament)
October 2020 Various 4
ICC T20I Championship

(Highest ranked teams not already qualified)

4   Hong Kong
  United Arab Emirates
Regional qualifications
Africa TBA 1
Americas 18–24 August 2020   Canada[10] 2
Asia TBA (Postponed)[9]   Kuwait (West) 1
TBA (Postponed)[9]   Malaysia (East) 1
East Asia-Pacific TBA 1
Europe[11] TBA 2
Total 16


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  8. ^ "ICC expands qualifiers for 2021 T20 World Cup to 16 teams". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
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