Teams, format, venues, past winners: A concise guide to the T20 World Cup (2024)

Cricket’s biggest tournament is making its way to North America.

The United States and the West Indies are set to host 20 teams in the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2024 from June 1 to 29.

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Here’s what you need to know about the tournament:

Which teams have qualified for the T20 World Cup?

The tournament has been expanded to include 20 teams for the first time, up from 16 teams in the 2022 edition.

The top eight teams from the previous edition and the two host nations, USA and West Indies, earned direct entry.

Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified on the basis of their ICC T20 rankings on the cut-off date in November 2022.

The remaining six teams emerged from regional qualification tournaments that took place last year across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific and Europe.

USA, Papua New Guinea and Uganda will make their debut at an ICC World Cup.

Here is Al Jazeera’s list of all 20 squads.

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Will there be an opening ceremony?

The ICC has not confirmed the official line-up of the opening ceremony ahead of the first match between USA and Canada on June 1 at 7:30pm local time (00:30 GMT) in Dallas. However, there has been widespread promotion for a pre-match event on June 2, when co-hosts West Indies play Papua New Guinea in Guyana at 10:30am local time (14:30 GMT).

What are the formats and schedule of the T20 World Cup?

The tournament will be divided into two group-based rounds and a knockout round that will commence with the semifinals.

The 20 teams will be divided into four groups and following the round-robin matches, the top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Eight.

The four teams in each group will play against each other once in the Super Eight phase. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals.

Al Jazeera has listed all the matches, with their timings and venues here.

Group stage: June 1 to 17

Super Eight: June 18 to 25

Semifinals: June 26 and 27

Final: June 29

T20 World Cup groups

Group A: India, Pakistan, Ireland, USA, Canada
Group B: Australia, England, Namibia, Scotland, Oman
Group C: Afghanistan, New Zealand, West Indies, Papua New Guinea, Uganda
Group D: Bangladesh, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Netherlands

Super Eight groups

Group 1: A1, C1, B2, D2,
Group 2: B1, D1, A2, C2

Which teams are favourites to win the T20 World Cup?

Al Jazeera’s five favourites for the title are:

  • India
  • Australia
  • England
  • West Indies
  • Pakistan

Where will the matches be played?

The tournament will be played at nine venues – three in the US and six across the West Indies.

New York, Texas and Florida will play host to the 16 matches being played in the US, with New York bagging half of those, including the marquee India vs Pakistan clash.

The six Caribbean nations that will host 39 matches are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Our stadium guide has everything you need to know about the venues.

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India vs Pakistan

India vs Pakistan is the biggest match of any ICC World Cup and one that is now a permanent fixture regardless of groups and seedings, which means every time the two nations participate in an ICC men’s event, they face each other at least once.

Whenever and wherever the South Asian rivals meet, tickets sell out in record time, hotels run at full occupancy and life in both countries comes to a standstill.

This time, the fixture has been assigned to New York, the bustling hub of the South Asian diaspora on the East Coast. It is scheduled for June 9 at 10:30am (14:30 GMT) at the purpose-built modular stadium in Nassau County, Long Island.

The state of New York has beefed up its security cover ahead of the big clash, with one police official saying it is the “largest security we’ve ever had to do”.

Tickets for the match were sold out within a few hours of going on sale, while resale platforms are asking for anything between $1,000 to $5,000 per seat.

What are the rules for ties, super overs and rain delays at the T20 World Cup?

There are a few of them. Here’s what they look like:

  • All tied matches will proceed to a super over. And if that too is tied, subsequent super overs will be played until the winners emerge.
  • If a match is delayed by weather conditions or other interruptions, each team will have to complete five overs for a result to be declared in the group stage and Super Eight.
  • Both the semifinals and the final will have additional time allotted to allow the completion in case of any delays.
  • The final will have a reserve day on Sunday, June 30.

Previous winners of the T20 World Cup

  • 2007: India
  • 2009: Pakistan
  • 2010: England
  • 2012: West Indies
  • 2014: Sri Lanka
  • 2016: West Indies
  • 2021: Australia
  • 2022: England

Here’s Al Jazeera’s quick walk through the history of the tournament.

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How much is the prize money for the T20 World Cup?

The ICC has not confirmed the prize money for the 2024 edition of the tournament, but previous winners England walked away with $1.6m in 2022.

T20 World Cup tickets

Tickets for the tournament went on sale in February via a public ballot, with prices beginning at $6 and going up to hundreds of dollars.

Tickets for some group matches and Super Eight matches are still available on the tournament website.

Where can I follow the T20 World Cup?

The ICC has allotted rights to various broadcasting and online streaming outlets across the world.

Al Jazeera will run extensive coverage of the tournament with pretournament news, previews, key information as well as live updates for the biggest matches, followed by post-match reaction, analysis and everything else you’d need to know about the T20 World Cup.

What is cricket and how is it played?

It’s a simple game of bat and ball, involving 11 players in each team but the rules can get a little complicated. Al Jazeera breaks it down for you here.

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Teams, format, venues, past winners: A concise guide to the T20 World Cup (2024)

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What is the format of the T20 World Cup 2024? ›

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Format

The top two teams from each group will enter the Super 8, where the teams will be clubbed into two groups of four each. The top two teams in each Super 8 group will advance to the semifinals.

What are the venues for the 2024 T20 World Cup? ›

The tournament will be played at nine venues – three in the US and six across the West Indies. New York, Texas and Florida will play host to the 16 matches being played in the US, with New York bagging half of those, including the marquee India vs Pakistan clash.

How many teams are in the 2024 T20 World Cup? ›

T20 World Cup 2024: The ninth edition of the men's T20 World Cup is the biggest-ever as 20 teams participate in the T20 carnival in the USA and the West Indies.

Where can I watch the T20 World Cup in the USA? ›

For cricket fans in the US, the 'Willow by Cricbuzz' App provides a comprehensive platform to catch all the live action of the T20 World Cup 2024. The app offers live streaming, pre-match analysis, post-match discussions, and exclusive content, making it the ultimate destination for cricket enthusiasts.

Is USA qualified for 2024 T20 World Cup? ›

Canada and Uganda qualified for the men's T20 World Cup for the first time, while the United States is participating for the first time by virtue of being co-host. India are the favorites of this world cup.

How much money do you get for winning the 2024 T20 World Cup? ›

The ICC are yet to confirm the prizemoney to be carved up for the 2024 T20 World Cup. A cool US$5.6 million (that's A$8.5m) pot was on offer at the previous tournament hosted by Australia with all participating teams receiving something.

Where is the T20 World Cup 2024 final? ›

The final takes place at Barbados' Kensington Oval on June 29. India and Pakistan find themselves in the same group again with Ireland, Canada and hosts USA. Six stadiums in the Caribbean and three in the United States will host World Cup games.

How many times has Pakistan won the T20 World Cup? ›

Pakistan have played 3 T20 World Cup finals and won once back in 2009. Hence, they have been a force to reckon in the history of the mega event. In 2022, Babar Azam's team finished as the runners-up after agonizingly losing to Jos Buttler's England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Where is the 2028 ICC Men's T20 World Cup? ›

The United States will step into sporting history on June 1 by co-hosting a major cricket tournament for the first time. The opening game in Dallas, Texas, between the U.S. and Canada will start the monthlong ICC Men's T20 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the West Indies.

What is Super 8 in the T20 World Cup? ›

The Super 8 stage will be contested in two groups of four teams each. The pools for the Super 8 stage are pre-decided. Every team in the five groups in the first round have been given a seeding based on their ranking. The teams in the two Super 8 groups will be: A1, B2, C1, D2 and A2, B1, C2, D1.

Which player played the most T20 World Cups? ›

  • 1/7. Rohit Sharma (India): Set to captain Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024, Rohit Sharma holds the record with 39 appearances in the Men's T20 World Cup history. ( ...
  • 2/7. Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh): A stalwart for Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan boasts 36 appearances in the Men's T20 World Cup. ( ...
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Which country will host 2025 T20 World Cup? ›

The competition will feature eight teams that have qualified based on their rankings from the 2023 Cricket World Cup group stage. The tournament will be hosted by Pakistan in February and March 2025, with the matches played across various venues, including a new “high-tech” cricket stadium in Islamabad.

Can I watch the T20 World Cup for free? ›

The ICC said it will broadcast the T20 World Cup live and free on ICC.tv, available in the official T20 World Cup app in over 80 territories across the world, including Continental Europe and South East Asia.

Is Willow TV free? ›

Optimum: Willow by Cricbuzz is available through the $15/month Sports Package.

What is the first match of the T20 World Cup 2024? ›

USA beat Canada by seven wickets in the Group A opening match of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

What is the T20 World Cup format? ›

Format of ICC T20 World Cup 2024

In the first round, 20 teams will compete after being divided in four groups of five teams each. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the super 8 round. In the Super 8 round, eight teams will be divided into two groups of four teams each.

What is the first match of the T20 World Cup 2024 schedule? ›

T20 World Cup 2024 Schedule
  • June 1: Match 1: United States v Canada, Dallas – 06:00 AM IST (June 2 in India) (07:30 PM Local)
  • June 2: Match 2: West Indies v Papua New Guinea, Guyana; 08:00 PM IST (10:30 AM local)
  • June 2: Match 3: Namibia v Oman, Barbados – 06:00 AM IST (June 3 in India) (08:30 PM Local)
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Where is the next T20 World Cup 2028? ›

The ICC also took a long-term view, looking ahead to the Los Angeles Olympics in 2028, when awarding the T20 World Cup to the U.S.

Which channel is the T20 World Cup 2024 on? ›

The USA vs Canada, T20 World Cup 2024 match will be telecast in India on the Star Sports Network.

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