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T20 World Cup 2022 fixtures to be announced on Jan 21

The full fixture set for the ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in Australia next year, will be announced on January 21, 2022, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.

The next edition of the showpiece event will comprise a total of 45 matches, which will be played across seven venues in Australia — Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The T20 World Cup 2022 will be held between October 16 and November 13 next year, which will be exactly an year after the Aaron Finch-led Australian side lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title in the UAE recently defeating New Zealand.

Issuing a statement, the global cricket governing body said: “The Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is less than 11 months away and fans can soon start preparing their World Cup experience with the full fixture set to be announced on January 21, 2022. With the announcement of the fixture, fans will be able to plan which matches they want to attend and where, before tickets go on sale to the public on February 7, 2022.”

“The final will be hosted under lights at the MCG on 13 November 2022, while the semi-finals will be hosted at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Adelaide Oval on November 9 and 10, respectively,” it added.

The ICC further stated: “As announced in November, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 champions Australia and runner-up New Zealand plus Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa as the next highest ranked teams will gain direct entry into the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.”

“Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will play in Round 1. The four remaining spots at Australia 2022 will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments one to take place in Oman in February and the other in Zimbabwe in July,” it added.

Recently after advancing to the ‘Super 12’ stage of the just concluded T20 World Cup 2021, which was held in Oman and the UAE, Bangladesh, Namibia, Scotland and Sri Lanka had confirmed their spot for the next edition of the showpiece event.

The four remaining spots will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway taking place across the five regions, culminating in two global qualifying tournaments in early 2022, the ICC had said recently.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 will be the biggest global sporting event to be hosted in Australia as it will witness 16 teams, which will play 45 matches around the country.

The just concluded edition of the T20 World Cup was son by the Aaron Finch-led Australia, which had defeated the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai on November 14.

Dravid eyeing for glory on next ICC events

Newly appointed Team India head coach Rahul Dravid may be kicking off his coaching stint in the T20I series against New Zealand starting on Wednesday in Jaipur but the former India skipper has already started to focus on the three big ICC events which will be held in the next couple of years.

Significantly, there lies a T20 World Cup in Australia next year followed by a ODI World Cup, which will be hosted by India, and a possible World Test Championship (WTC) final in 2023 under Dravid’s two-year tenure.

Keeping these three events in mind, Dravid has said that he has an eye for all the three events.

“It’s a combination of both in any situation. You have to win now but you also have to keep one eye to the future. You have to plan and prepare for the big tournaments. We have them coming up in the next couple of years and we have to think about those things as well,” Dravid said in his first media address as India’s full-time head coach.

“It’s a balance that you need to strike and that’s happening in day to day functioning. It’s hard to put down how exactly you will do it but yeah, we’ll keep both things in mind and certainly, it’s one of the goals. Thinking long term and thinking about what’s in the future certainly is my job as a coach and that won’t that won’t change irrespective of whichever team you’re in, you’re coaching. In terms of the bubble fatigue, or the situation we are in now, we will think about the players’ long-term careers and futures as well and keep that in mind. Prioritise their well-being at any stage over short-term results,” he added.

As the three events cover all the three formats, Dravid expressed on the importance of each format.

“I think all the three formats are critically important for us. There’s going to be no let up in the way we prepare or the way we plan for any of the three formats. Obviously, in the next two years, there are three ICC events and we need to prepare for all those events,” the new head coach said.

“As far as vision is concerned, you know, for me, it’s just about us looking to improve constantly every day and we keep getting better as players and as people then and we should be fine,” he added.

Dravid said that he’s planning to take his time and get a feel of how the system works.

“(Right now) Getting a sense and really sitting back and observing and seeing how things are done and what’s happening and picking up and learning along the way as well. And having some conversations over the last few days. When you come in, I think my role initially will really be to sit back and watch and observe and then step in when required. And we have time for that. So there’s no rush around,” he expressed.

“Just had a few interactions. Obviously, they were busy with the World Cup, so didn’t want to sort of disturb until the World Cup got over. Just had the opportunity at times to obviously chat with Rohit [Sharma], a little bit after the World Cups got over and with Virat [Kohli] as well as with a lot of the players… so yeah, just sort of beginning that. And obviously, the support staff come in here. I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of the people who’ve already been here as part of the support staff for a really long time,” he added.

T20 World Cup: Rizwan & Malik declared fit for semi-final game against Australia

In what comes as a huge relief for Pakistan, opener Mohammad Rizwan and middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik have been declared fit by their medical team to feature in the crucial semi-final game against Australia of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.

As both Rizwan and Malik were down with mild flu and fever and were forced to stay away from training on the eve of the game, there were doubts over their participation for the crucial contest.

Meanwhile, the duo have also tested negative for Covid-19 twice in three days.

According to a Espncricinfo report, both Pakistan batters woke up on Wednesday morning with what a team official described as “light flu and low fever”, and were advised to stay back in the hotel and were kept under observation. On the other hand, the rest of the squad members and support staff of Pakistan team went ahead with their training sessions at the ICC Academy premises.

Pakistan team Manager Mansoor Rana had earlier said that the players were feeling better and the management was hopeful that both of them will be in action on Thursday against Australia. “Rizwan and Shoaib want to play in the semi-final,” Rana had said.

Meanwhile, there was no Covid-19 scare in the team at any point and it is understood that the team management had expected Rizwan and Malik to be available for the game.

Significantly, both Rizwan and Malik have played a key role for Pakistan in the tournamnet so far. Especially attacking opener Rizwan is in great form as he has amassed 214 runs in five games while Malik has made crucial runs in the middle-order.

Malik’s 50 off just 18 balls against Scotland is the joint fastest in this World Cup with KL Rahul.

Until now, Pakistan have remained undefeated in the Super 12 stage of the tournament. The Green Brigade has defeated arch-rivals India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland in the league stage.

In a virtual press conference a day earlier before the game, skipper Babar Azam had said that he was confident that his side will carry their winning momentum and perform well against Australia in the semi-final contest on Thursday.

Babar had said that their were some minor flaws in all the matches which sometimes related to batting, sometimes bowling but he and the team management have tried to fix them all ahead of the do-or-die game against Australia.

The winner of the game between Australia and Pakistan will meet New Zealand in the summit clash in Dubai on November 14. The Kane Williamson-led Black Caps had defeated England by five wickets in the first semi-final in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday to enter the final of the showpiece event.

T20 World Cup: Team India to play two warm-up games against England & Australia

Before beginning their campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup, the Virat Kohli-led Team India will play a couple of warm-up games against England and Australia.

Although the Indian players have received sufficient exposure and have acclimatized to the conditions in the UAE after playing for their respective franchises in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the warm-up matches will help them get their rhythm back together as a unit.

India will first take on England on October 18 before taking on Australia on October 20.

While the first warm-up game will begin at 19:30 IST, the second one will start at 15:30 IST. Both the matches, which will be held in Dubai, will broadcasted live on Star Sports.

Notably, all the eight teams, who have secured qualification for Round 2 of the showpiece event, will play warm-up matches ahead of the main competition.

While the qualifiers will get underway from October 17 in Oman, the main tournament will begin from October 23 in the UAE in which Australia will be up against South Africa.

Team India, led by Kohli, will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

The teams vying to make the Super 12 include hosts Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, PNG, Netherlands, Ireland, Namibia and Scotland.

Significantly, all the tickets for the upcoming T20 World Cup’s India versus Pakistan contest was completely sold out just hours after the sale was launched on the Platinumlist website last week.

As soon as the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the sale was on, the website was flooded with thousands of cricket enthusiasts who logged on to book the seats.

Currently, the Platinumlist website is showing the seats in all sections — including the General, General East, Premium, Pavilion East, and Platinum — as “unavailable” for the match.

In the showpiece event, Bangladesh, Ireland and 2014 winners Sri Lanka will be competing alongside Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland for a place in the Super 12 stage which features Afghanistan, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, and West Indies.

The Super 12 groups:

Group 1: West Indies, England, Australia, South Africa & 2 Qualifiers
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan & 2 Qualifiers

ICC likely to halve media rights cycle from eight to four, says report

The international cricket calendar will witness a huge transformation in the next coming years as global cricket governing body – the International Cricket Council (ICC) will most likley halve the duration of its media right bids.

With the sport ready to see an expansion with more global events scheduled and additional nations expected to participate, the ICC is aiming to transform its media-rights arrangement from the new cycle, which will begin in 2024.

A report in the Times of India (TOI) has claims that instead of an eight-year bid, which the ICC has been following, the global cricket governing body could opt to halve the duration of the media right bids and sell them for four years.

If the report comes true, it would mean that the current eight-year cycle, which began in 2015 and will end in 2023, the media rights would now be available only for a period between 2023 to 2027 and then the another bid in 2027 will see the next four year period.

The report also claimed that another possible change on cards is that instead of a consolidated global bid, which has been the case for several years in the past, the ICC might sell the rights separately in territories with India being the major market to be targeted.

Currently, Star Group holds the rights as it had won the tender with a bid of US$1.98b in 2014 for the period between 2015 and 2023.

“A year ago, the ICC began working on this plan. They realized that opting to float a tender just for the India market – their biggest revenue-earner – would help them consolidate their biggest market first and then allow them the necessary time and resources to tender other global territories such as UK & Europe, Americas, African countries, Australia and New Zealand,” sources were quoted as saying by TOI.

For the ongoing cycle, ICC had awarded Star Sports the global broadcast rights for all ICC Events 2015-2023 which included exclusive live and highlights rights across all platforms for ICC major events – the ICC Cricket World Cup and its qualifiers, the ICC Women’s World Cup, the ICC World Twenty20 and its qualifiers, the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

Star Sports, the sports broadcasting network owned by 21st Century Fox through its subsidiaries STAR TV and Fox International Channels, broadcasts primarily to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka (India and Indian Sub-Continent) with further reach into East Asia on specific channels.

Earlier, the game’s global body had announced the event calendar for the 2023-31 cycle, which is set to undergo a big change.

In the next 2023-31 cycle, the sport will witness atleast one men and women ICC event every year while the men’s World Cup and T20 World cup will be expanded to 14 and 20 teams respectively.

On the other hand, the women’s events will also see an expansion in terms of participating teams as the Women T20 World Cup will feature 10 teams rather than eight from 2029. The Women T20 World cup is set to see 12 participants from 2025.

While the Men’s Champions Trophy is set to make a comeback in the cricketing calender, a Women’s T20 Champions Trophy will be also played for the first time in 2026.

Kohli will continue to play with same intensity: Agarkar

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has reckoned that Virat Kohli will continue to play with the same energy and enthusiasm despite deciding to step down from Team India’s T20 captaincy and the IPL 2021 season.

“I think one of the things we’ve seen throughout his career, even when he wasn’t the captain and when he played under MS Dhoni quite a bit, the energy and the passion still seemed the same. I can’t imagine it changing just because he’s not the captain and just being one of the guys,” Agarkar said on Star Sports after RCB’s nine-wicket loss to KKR on Monday night.

Kohli recently decided to step down as India’s T20 skipper after the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai and Oman in October-November and also said he was relinquishing his RCB captaincy after the 2021 IPL season.

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel said Kolhi must be feeling relieved after relinquishing the RCB captaincy given the workload coupled with prolonged stays in bio-bubbles.

“I think he looked more emotional than happy. I think when you’re playing for one franchise for so many years, you get that emotional connect which was there in RCB. I think RCB actually invested in Virat Kohli’s talent in 2008 and then showed a lot of trust in him as well because if you look at his and RCB’s journey, it has been a rollercoaster one.

“But yeah, he might be relieved because see moving around from one bubble to another can take a load on you and he has spoken about the workload and intensity, which he plays with. I think every practice session, every match session or gym session, he does it with full intensity and that’s something I’m sure he must’ve thought about.”

Recently after announcing to quit the Team India captaincy in the shortest format of the game, Kohli has also decided to step down from his role as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the completion of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Kohli, one of the most decorated players of the franchise, will continue to be part of the RCB squad.

Announcing the move, Kohli said in a statement: “It has been a great and an inspiring journey, captaining a talented bunch of players in the RCB squad. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RCB management, coaches, support staff, players, and the entire RCB family, who have been instrumental in the growth of the franchise over the years. It wasn’t an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise.”

“The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket,” he added.

BharatPe launches ‘BharatPe Lagao, World Cup Jao’ contest for merchant partners

Keeping up with its endeavour to empower small merchants, BharatPe, India’s leading fintech Company for merchants, has rolled out an innovative contest for its merchant partners called ‘BharatPe Lagao, World Cup Jao’.

As a part of the initiative, BharatPe is giving its BharatPe QR merchants, an opportunity to enjoy a 2-days, all-expenses paid trip to Dubai and cheer for India at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The company plans to reward its 400 top transacting merchants across the country, as a part of this initiative.

The contest will be live across 140+ cities where BharatPe has a presence in India. The contest ends on September 30, 2021.

The ‘BharatPe Lagao, World Cup Jao’ contest includes three milestones based on number of transactions or TPV on the BharatPe QR. Merchants can reach Milestone 1 when they complete 50 transactions or do transactions worth Rs. 25,000, Milestone 2 when they complete 150 transactions or record Rs. 75,000 in TPV and Milestone 3 when they complete 250 transactions or clock Rs. 125,000 in TPV.

Scratch cards can be availed at each milestone and the merchants can earn assured runs of upto 1000.. The merchants who complete Milestone 3 can get an all-inclusive package to Dubai to watch India play the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The winners of the contest will be decided via a lucky draw and announced in the first week of October 2021.

Additionally, merchants can redeem runs for exciting rewards/ BharatPe merchandise including an autographed miniature bat, an autographed full-size bat, a free size cap, cricket jersey, leather cricket ball, instant discount on recharges/ bill payments and get a chance to meet their favorite cricket stars.

Speaking about the campaign, Nishant Jain, Chief Business Officer, BharatPe, said: “Merchants are at the core of everything we do. We are committed to our vision of empowering small merchants and kirana store owners with best-in-class fintech products that can aid the growth of their businesses. We roll out innovative campaigns from time to time to reward our top transacting merchants and further nurture our relationship with them.”

“Earlier this year, we had rewarded 673 top transacting merchants across 10 emerging cities, in the 3- month long Festive Bonanza contest. Now, as businesses get ready for the upcoming festive season, we wanted to give our top performing merchants a chance to watch India play live at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. We understand that cricket is one of the most popular sport in the country and ‘BharatPe Lagao, World Cup Jao’ is designed to reward our top merchants with trip to Dubai,” he added.

Jain further expressed: “We are confident that this contest will enable us to further enhance our merchant engagements. We hope to touch atleast 5 million merchants with this initiative. We will be rolling out more innovative contests to empower and applaud our 7.5 million merchant partners in the times to come.”

Currently, the contest is live across tier-1, 2 and 3 cities in India, including metro cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai; as well as emerging cities like Pune, Jaipur, Bhopal, Indore, Lucknow, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad etc.

Also, it is live in cities like Visakhapatnam, Vadodara, Warangal, Nagpur, Allahabad, Kanpur, Vijayawada, Aurangabad, Varanasi, Nashik, Dehradun, Kochi, Mangalore, Mysore, Agra, Ludhiana, Meerut, Surat, Jalandhar, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guwahati, Trivandrum, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore and Madurai.

BharatPe has witnessed a phenomenal growth over the last fiscal year, with the company witnessing a 5x growth in payments and a 10x growth in lending business. Scripting a new chapter in the country’s Digital India story, BharatPe has been rapidly expanding beyond metros, intending to empower merchants in Bharat with its safe and secure digital payment infrastructure as well as its credit offerings.

Recently, BharatPe forayed into the unicorn club with Series E fund raise of US$ 370 mn at a valuation of US$ 2.85 bn. BharatPe is now amongst the Top 5 most valued Fintech startups in India, and has one of the strongest cap tables for any start-up in India.

The T20 World Cup 2021 will kick-off on October 17 in UAE and Oman.

Rashid Khan steps down as Afghanistan T20 captain

Afghanistan’s star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has stepped down as the national T20 team’s captain shortly after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced its team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman in October-November.

Rashid announced his decision few minutes after his country confirmed their World Cup squad late on Thursday (September 9).

“The selection committee and ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) has not obtained my consent for the team which has been announced by ACB media,” Rashid Khan said in a statement on social media.

“As the captain and responsible person for the nation I reserve the right to be part of the selection of the team. I am taking the decision of stepping down from the role as the captain of Afghanistan T20 side effective immediately,” he added.

After the development, Mohammad Nabi is likely to be appointed the captain for the showpiece event.

Afghanistan will kick-off the campaign in Sharjah on October 25 against one of two of the qualifying teams in Group B. Afghanistan will also face India, New Zealand and Pakistan in the group stage.

Earlier on Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA) had issued a statement stating that it would be unable to proceed with the planned one-off Test against Afghanistan at Hobart from November 27 if news reports of Taliban not allowing women’s cricket was true.

“Driving the growth of women’s cricket globally is incredibly important to Cricket Australia. Our vision for cricket is that it is a sport for all and we support the game unequivocally for women at every level,” CA said.

“If recent media reports that women’s cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but to not host Afghanistan for the proposed Test Match due to be played in Hobart,” it added.

Recently, a spokesman for the Taliban government’s cultural commission, Ahmadullah Wasiq, had told Australian broadcaster SBS News that cricket was not permitted for women under Islamic law.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, the ICC had expressed concern over Taliban’s stand on women’s cricket.

“The ICC is committed to the long-term growth of women’s cricket and despite the cultural and religious challenges in Afghanistan, steady progress has been made in this area since Afghanistan’s admission as a Full Member in 2017,” the ICC statement said.

“The ICC has been monitoring the changing situation in Afghanistan and is concerned to note recent media reports that women will no longer be allowed to play cricket,” it added.

Afghanistan T20 Squad:

Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and Qais Ahmed.


Afsar Zazai and Farid Ahmed Malik.

Dhoni’s experience, mindset of handling pressure is why he was roped in as mentor: Gambhir

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Thursday reckoned that the appointment of MS Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian team for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup is attributed to his experience and mindset of handling pressure in crunch games.

Gambhir also felt that young players in the squad will benefit a lot from Dhoni’s experiences as captain and handling pressure situations.

Speaking exclusively on STAR SPORTS show FOLLOW THE BLUES, Gambhir weighed in on Dhoni’s position as the mentor for Team India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and said: “A good story to have, but I’m sure his (MS Dhoni) role will be defined, because you’ve got the head coach, the assistant coach and the bowling coach. So, I’m sure there has to be something from Virat Kohli or Ravi Shastri on what they would want apart from what they already have because India has been very successful in T20 Cricket.”

“It’s not like India has struggled in T20 Cricket. Had India struggled in T20 cricket, they might have had to get someone from outside, but Dhoni’s experience and his mindset of handling pressure in those crunched games could be one reason why they’ve got him as a mentor – not purely from the skill point of view, because these guys have got all the skill, to go out there and deliver. It’s probably, how to handle pressure during those important games because India had missed out on those important games – especially the Knockout games,” he added.

Further, explaining his opinion, Gambhir said: “So probably MS’ Dhoni’s experience of captaining this side and handling that pressure in those important games could be a huge advantage for young players. And you have to remember that most of these guys are young, for example, your Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy or any of these batters play – they’ve not been to any of the world cups. So, I’m sure MS will share his experience. That probably is the only thing I can think of; apart from that, I don’t see that MS Dhoni change anything from a skill point of view.”

“Ravi Shastri’s been there, Vikram Rathour has been there, and the entire support staff is there. So, probably MS can only add his experience to the players while probably going into the crunch games,” he added.

Earlier late on Wednesday evening, BCCI secretary Jay Shah had made the announcement of Dhoni’s appointment as India’s mentor for the T20 World Cup in the UAE in a virtual press conference beside announcing the squad for the showpiece event, which will be held in the UAE after the IPL 2021.

T20I WC: India to begin campaign against Pakistan on Oct 24 in Dubai

The ICC on Tuesday announced the full schedule for the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman later this year.

While the qualifiers will get underway from October 17 in Oman, the main tournament will begin from October 23 in the UAE in which Australia will be up against South Africa.

Team India-led by Virat Kohli will open their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

The teams vying to make the Super 12 include hosts Oman, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, PNG, Netherlands, Ireland, Namibia and Scotland.

The Super 12 groups:

Group 1: West Indies, England, Australia, South Africa & 2 Qualifiers
Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan & 2 Qualifiers