T20 World Cup 2024: Interesting facts You Need to Know

The T20 World Cup 2024 is set to be a spectacular event, featuring 20 teams from around the globe. This edition will be hosted across the USA and the West Indies from June 1 to June 29, marking a historic collaboration between these two cricketing regions. With a schedule packed with thrilling matches, fans are eagerly awaiting the start of this cricketing extravaganza.

A Grand Kickoff in Dallas
The tournament kicks off on June 1 with the USA facing Canada in Dallas, Texas. This match sets the stage for an exciting month of cricket, culminating in the grand finale on June 29 in Barbados. The event promises to be one of the biggest cricket tournaments ever, drawing fans from all over the world.

India’s Exciting Journey
India begins their campaign on June 5 against Ireland in New York. The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, will play all their group stage matches in the USA. Following the opener against Ireland, the much-anticipated India vs Pakistan clash is scheduled for June 9, also in New York. This match is sure to be a highlight of the tournament, given the intense rivalry between the two teams. India will then face the USA on June 12 and Canada on June 15.

Tournament Format and Groups
The 20 participating teams are divided into four groups, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Super 8s stage. Here, they will be split into two groups of four, and the top two from each group will move on to the semifinals, leading up to the final.

Group A: India, Pakistan, Ireland, Canada, USA
Group B: England, Australia, Namibia, Scotland, Oman
Group C: New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Uganda, Papua New Guinea
Group D: South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Nepal
Qualification and Host Nations
The hosts, West Indies and the USA, qualified automatically. The USA is making its debut in the T20 World Cup. The top teams from the 2022 T20 World Cup—England, Pakistan, New Zealand, India, Australia, South Africa, Netherlands, and Sri Lanka—also secured their spots. Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified based on their T20I rankings, while the remaining slots were filled through regional qualifiers. Ireland and Scotland emerged from the European qualifiers, Papua New Guinea from the East Asia-Pacific, and Canada from the Americas. Nepal and Oman clinched their places through Asian qualifiers, with Namibia and Uganda securing spots through the African qualifiers.

Venues and Ambassadors
The matches will be held across nine venues in the USA and the West Indies:

In the USA:

Central Broward Park, Lauderhill, Florida
Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, Long Island, New York
Grand Prairie Stadium, Grand Prairie, Texas
In the West Indies:

Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent
Brian Lara Cricket Academy, San Fernando, Trinidad
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
Guyana National Stadium, Providence, Guyana
The ICC has appointed Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, and Usain Bolt as the event ambassadors, adding star power and excitement to the tournament.

India vs Pakistan: The Marquee Match
The clash between India and Pakistan on June 9 in New York is expected to be a blockbuster event. This will be their first T20I encounter since their thrilling match in the 2022 T20 World Cup, where India emerged victorious. The rivalry has always captivated cricket fans, and this match is no exception.

India’s Group Stage Schedule
India vs Ireland: June 5 in New York
India vs Pakistan: June 9 in New York
India vs USA: June 12 in New York
India vs Canada: June 15 in Florida
The T20 World Cup 2024 promises to be an unforgettable event, with a unique blend of teams, venues, and cultures. As cricket expands its footprint in the USA and the West Indies, this tournament represents a significant milestone in the sport’s global growth. Fans worldwide are gearing up for a month of thrilling cricket, with unforgettable moments and historic matches on the horizon.

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