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ICC Men's T20 World Cup: Format, Groups, Teams, Rules and Previous Winners

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: As the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup approaches, anticipation builds for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Hosted in the United States and the West Indies, this edition promises to be an exhilarating spectacle, featuring a record number of participating teams. Here’s a detailed guide to the ninth instalment of this prestigious […]

ICC Men's T20 World Cup: Format, Groups, Teams, Rules and Previous Winners
ICC Men's T20 World Cup: Format, Groups, Teams, Rules and Previous Winners

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: As the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup approaches, anticipation builds for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Hosted in the United States and the West Indies, this edition promises to be an exhilarating spectacle, featuring a record number of participating teams. Here’s a detailed guide to the ninth instalment of this prestigious 20-over tournament.

Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Schedule and Start Date

The tournament kicks off on June 2 at 06:00 IST with hosts United States facing Canada in Texas. Matches will also be held in the Caribbean. The initial 20-team group stage, comprising four groups of five, runs until June 18, featuring daily fixtures. Subsequently, the Super 8s commence, with two matches most days until June 25, leading to the semi-finals on June 27. The grand finale, the final, is set for Saturday, June 29, at 20:00 IST in Barbados.

Format for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup

This year’s tournament, the largest yet with 20 teams, reverts to an older format. All teams compete from the outset in a group stage, playing four games each, with the top two advancing to the Super 8s. The Super 8s, held exclusively in the Caribbean, feature two groups of four, with eight seeded teams to streamline planning and scheduling. Advancing teams are allocated to Groups 1 or 2 based on seeding, not group stage performance. In the Super 8s, the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals, with group winners facing runners-up from the other pool. Teams earn two points for a win, one for a no result, and none for a loss, with no ties in T20 cricket.

Competing Teams in the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup

The expanded event sees the participation of most major cricketing nations. The only Test-playing nation not to qualify is Zimbabwe, who missed out in their qualifier tournament. The 20 teams are divided into four groups for the initial phase.

– Group A: Canada, India (A1), Ireland, Pakistan (A2), USA
– Group B: Australia (B2), England (B1), Namibia, Oman, Scotland
– Group C: Afghanistan, New Zealand (C1), Papua New Guinea, Uganda, West Indies (C2)
– Group D: Bangladesh, Nepal, Netherlands, South Africa (D1), Sri Lanka (D2)

Venues and Stadiums for the 2024 T20 World Cup

The tournament marks cricket’s inaugural major global event in the United States, with 16 of 55 matches scheduled there. Matches will be held in Florida, New York, and Texas. New York’s stadium, specifically constructed for the event, features a pitch imported from Adelaide and temporary seating. In the Caribbean, matches will take place in Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Rules for the 2024 Men’s T20 World Cup

Matches adhere to the T20 format, with each team playing 20 overs, unless they’re dismissed earlier or the chasing team reaches the target. Innings commence with a six-over powerplay, incorporating specific fielding restrictions. Matches aim to conclude within three hours and 10 minutes, with innings lasting one hour and 25 minutes each, separated by a 20-minute interval. This tournament introduces the ‘stop-clock’, mandating the bowling side to commence each over within 60 seconds of the previous one ending. Teams have two unsuccessful reviews per inning. In the event of tied scores after 20 overs, a super over determines the winner, continuing until a victor emerges. The minimum overs for a result increase from five to ten in the semi-finals and final. The Duckworth-Lewis Stern method applies if a match is impacted by weather. The first semi-final and final have reserve days, while the second semi-final includes an additional 250-minute time allowance.

Previous Men’s T20 World Cup Winners

The tournament has witnessed six different champions across eight editions:

– 2007: India
– 2009: Pakistan
– 2010: England
– 2012: West Indies
– 2014: Sri Lanka
– 2016: West Indies
– 2021: Australia
– 2022: England

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