Sri Lanka will kick start the 2021 ICC Twenty20 World Cup campaign by taking on Namibia on the 18th of October in Abu Dhabi.
The International Cricket Council today announced the schedule for the tournament to be held from the 17th of October in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
The final of the tournament will be played on the 14th of November in Dubai.
The tournament will begin with the Round 1 Group B encounters between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea and Scotland and Bangladesh on the 17th of October.
Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia – making up Group A – will be in action in Abu Dhabi the next day, with Round 1 matches running till the 22nd of October.
The top two teams in each group will proceed to the Super12 stage of the tournament, which will begin on the 23rd of October.
Sri Lanka will take on Ireland on the 20th of October in Abu Dhabi while Sri Lanka’s match against the Netherlands will be played on the 22nd of October in Sharjah.
The second round of the tournament – the Super12 stage – will get underway in Abu Dhabi on the 23rd of October, with the Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa.
This will be followed up with an evening clash between England and West Indies in Dubai.
Old rivals England and Australia will lock horns in Dubai on the 30th of October.
The group will conclude on the 6th of November with matches between Australia and West Indies in Abu Dhabi, and England and South Africa in Sharjah.
Group 2 will commence with a heavyweight clash between India and Pakistan in Dubai on the 24th of October at 6pm local time.
Pakistan then take on New Zealand in Sharjah on the 26th of October, in a tough start for the 2009 champions.
Afghanistan begin their campaign on the 25th of October at Sharjah, taking on the winners of Group B from the first round.
The group will conclude on the 8th of November, with India taking on the second-placed Round 1 qualifier from Group A.
Meanwhile, the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup will be held in Abu Dhabi on the 10th of November.
The second semi-final will be hosted by Dubai on the 11th of November.
Both semi-finals have reserve days.
The marquee clash of the tournament will take place in Dubai on the 14th of November, with the 15th of November acting as the reserve day for the final.