Cricket fever is on throughout the year for cricket lovers all over the world as tournaments and series take place back and forth. A lot of cricket tournaments are lining up in 2022 after the successful season of IPL- Indian Premier League. The much-awaited tournament ICC Men’s T20 2022 initially scheduled in 2020 is all set to commence. The ODI world cup was held in 2021 in UAE due to the covid-19 pandemic. The two back-to-back world cups after 2 years are an extra dose of entertainment for cricket lovers across the globe.
2022 ICC men’s T20 world cup Venue
The most thrilling tournament ICC Men’s T-20 world cup is going to be organized in the Aussies’ homeland Australia. According to the ICC, the matches will be played on 7 different pitches in 7 different cities as listed below:
- Melbourne cricket ground
- Sydney cricket ground
- Adelaide oval
- The Gabba
- Blundstone area
- Optus stadium
- GMHBA stadium
2022 ICC men’s T20 world cup Schedule
The Schedule has been released by ICC, grounds are now available for tickets. This 16-team tournament will be played in October and November 2022. The group stage matches will be played between 12 teams where top-8 teams will play straight into the tournament. The teams with lower rank will have to play qualifiers to secure their spot in the super 12s. The top 8 teams which have secured their spot and directly going to play in the super 12:
- South Africa
- New Zealand
The first match will hold on 16 October 2022 between Srilanka and Namibia which is the 1st qualifier match. Group stage matches will start on 22 October 2022. Semifinals of the tournament are on schedule for November 9 and 10 at the Sydney cricket ground and Adelaide oval respectively. Finally, we will get our ICC T-20 Men’s world cup winner after the finals on November 13 at the Melbourne cricket ground.
The Australian pitches are popular for their extra bounce surface, which is very helpful for the fast bowlers. However, it may create difficulties for the batsmen from Asian regions like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and SriLanka where pitches have low bounce surfaces. But it is always an advantage for the host team as they are familiar with the conditions of the pitches and are more comfortable in their home country.
According to the cricket experts and their predictions, the top 4 contenders for the ICC men’s t-20 world 2022:
India: Team India is now looking better than the previous world cup 2021 where the players are struggling with bad form. Now the team looks stable after the comeback of Hardik Pandya giving an additional bowling option with hard-hitting ability in death overs.
Australia: You can never write off Australia, they are the top contenders for the trophy as they have the advantage of home ground. Also, the players play different leagues to maintain their form. Thus, Australia will give tough competition to the other teams. Moreover, they recently won the ICC Men’s ODI world cup 2021.
Pakistan: Pakistan has consistently performed excellently in the t-20 format for the past few years. In the ODI world cup 2021, Pakistan dominated the group stage matches but unfortunately lost to Australia in the semifinals.
England: With great team balance, England has a high chance to grab their second t-20 world cup trophy as the players have great form and performed consistently. Also Jos Buttler has won the orange cap( most runs in the season) in the IPL 2022.
Fans all over the world are eagerly waiting for the tournament to begin and see their favorite team perform to win.