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ICC T20 World Cup Preview, Odds and Betting Tips

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is back in your lives; broadcast live from the United Arab Emirates and Oman for their seventh edition and we will preview it right here at NetBet! The tournament was unable to happen last year, but from the 17th October through to the 14th November 2021 we will finally have the tournament back. India was supposed to host the tournament this year, with Australia to be the primary venue for 2022.

But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has gripped India’s population, the games were moved to the UAE, where there is much more options on how and where to host matches. Over the next month, India, England, Australia and a host of other countries will compete to become the number one T20 team in the world, and there will be a lot of fascinating action for cricket fans from all the games.

Can England wrestle the title from favourites India? Will we see one of the outsiders like South Africa, Australia or Pakistan make a surprise run for the trophy? It remains to be seen what will happen as the games take place, although one thing we know is that they will played in four stadiums across the region.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will join Oman’s Am Amerat Cricket Stadium as the host venues for this year’s tournament.

T20 World Cup 2021 timetable (all times in UK)

  • Round 1
  • Sunday 17th October
  • Oman v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (11am)
  • Bangladesh v Scotland, Muscat (3pm)
  • Monday 18th October
  • Ireland v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (11am)
  • Sri Lanka v Namibia, Abu Dhabi (3pm)
  • Tuesday 19th October
  • Scotland v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (11am)
  • Oman v Bangladesh, Muscat (3pm)
  • Wednesday 20th October
  • Namibia v Netherlands, Abu Dhabi (11am)
  • Sri Lanka v Ireland, Abu Dhabi (3pm)
  • Thursday 21st October
  • Bangladesh v Papua New Guinea, Muscat (11am)
  • Oman v Scotland, Muscat (3pm)
  • Friday 22nd October
  • Namibia v Ireland, Sharjah (11am)
  • Sri Lanka v Netherlands, Sharjah (3pm)
  • Super 12
  • Fixtures TBC
  • Saturday 23rd October
  • Australia v South Africa, Abu Dhabi (11am)
  • England v West Indies, Dubai (3pm)
  • Sunday 24th October
  • A1 v B2, Sharjah (11am)
  • India v Pakistan, Dubai (3pm)
  • Monday 25th October
  • Afghanistan v B1, Sharjah (3pm)
  • Tuesday 26th October
  • South Africa v West Indies, Dubai (11am)
  • Pakistan v New Zealand, Sharjah (3pm)
  • Wednesday 27th October
  • England v B2, Abu Dhabi (11am)
  • B1 v A2, Abu Dhabi (3pm)
  • Thursday 28th October
  • Australia v A1, Dubai (3pm)
  • Friday 29th October
  • West Indies v B2, Sharjah (11am)
  • Pakistan v Afghanistan, Dubai (3pm)
  • Saturday 30th October
  • South Africa v A1, Sharjah (11am)
  • Australia v England, Dubai (3pm)
  • Sunday 31st October
  • Afghanistan v A2, Abu Dhabi (10am)
  • India v New Zealand, Dubai (2pm)
  • Monday 1st November
  • England v A1, Sharjah (2pm)
  • Tuesday 2nd November
  • South Africa v B2, Abu Dhabi (10am)
  • Pakistan v A2, Abu Dhabi (2pm)
  • Wednesday 3rd November
  • New Zealand v B1, Dubai (10am)
  • India v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (2pm)
  • Thursday 4th November
  • Australia v B2, Dubai (10am)
  • West Indies v A1, Abu Dhabi (2pm)
  • Friday 5th November
  • New Zealand v A2, Sharjah (10am)
  • India v B1, Dubai (2pm)
  • Saturday 6th November
  • Australia v West Indies, Abu Dhabi (10am)
  • England v South Africa, Sharjah (2pm)
  • Sunday 7th November
  • New Zealand v Afghanistan, Abu Dhabi (10am)
  • Pakistan v B1, Sharjah (2pm)
  • Monday 8th November
  • India v A2, Dubai (2pm)
  • Knock-outs
  • Wednesday 10th November
  • Semi-final 1 (Super 12 A1 v Super 12 B2), Abu Dhabi (2pm)
  • Thursday 11th November
  • Semi-final 2 (Super 12 B1 v Super 12 A2), Dubai (2pm)
  • Final
  • Sunday 14th November
  • Final, Dubai (2pm)

T20 World Cup 2021 UK Channel:

Sky Sports Cricket

T20 World Cup 2021 Outright winner Odds

India 5/2

England 3/1

New Zealand 6/1

West Indies 6/1

Australia 6/1

Pakistan 10/1

South Africa 12/1

Bangladesh 40/1

Sri Lanka 50/1

Afghanistán 66/1

Ireland 500/1

Scotland 1000/1

Namibia 1000/1

Oman 1000/1

Papua New Guinea 1000/1

Netherlands 1000/1

T20 World Cup 2021 betting tips

We understand that the odds have it that the most likely outcome is for India to fly out of the traps and take this year’s tournament having lost out in 2019 to the West Indies. The West Indies became the first two-time winners of the trophy when they beat England after an historic Brathwaite performance that saw them win by four wickets with two balls left after trailing by 18 runs with 19 overs behind them. However, they are 6/1 to reclaim that title, given that India have looked much better in white ball cricket over the last couple of years during the pandemic era. You have to wonder how quarantine rules and the coronavirus will affect teams, although we’re sure that all necessary precautions will be in place to stop any outbreaks.

In terms of the England team, we reckon that they have a great chance of winning this tournament, and they’re ranked as second favourites behind India to take home the trophy. They’ll be without the injured Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran, as well as Test captain Joe Root who has taken a brief break from T20 to focus on his commitments with the Ashes on the horizon. They’re top of the T20 rankings, so we believe that there is a solid chance of a big tournament.

In terms of other markets, we’d be remiss if we didn’t back Virat Kohli to become the tournament’s top batsman. He’s an impressive player at this level, and it’s hard to imagine even the likes of Rohit Sharma or Jonny Bairstow catching him in this market, and at a price of 7/1 it’s definitely worth a look. KL Rahul is an interesting outside bet at 20/1, although we understand why his odds are so wide and we’d be surprised if he could pull this one off!