T20 World Cup Fantasy League

Know the schedule and match timing of T20 World Cup 2021 matches

About T20 World Cup

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will return with its seventh edition this October when Australia takes on South Africa at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 23, 2021, in the first group stage match. With the pandemic postponing the tournament by a year, the latest edition will be hosted by BCCI with the matches being played at the three venues of the United Arab Emirates – Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and the Sharjah Stadium- from October 23 to November 14.

However, the qualifying stages of T20 World Cup 2021 will start from October 17 and run till October 22, where the matches will be played at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Oman as well, apart from the other three UAE venues. Participants can build their fantasy cricket team on MPL during the almost one-month long tournament and win rewards daily.

Also Read: T20 World Cup Winners List

Play T20 World Cup Fantasy League and Win Big

With the World Cup of the shortest format returning to the fore after a gap of five long years, MPL introduces the T20 World Cup fantasy league, where you can build your fantasy team and win rewards every single day during the gala event. Now, you can pick and drop real T20 superstars to create the optimum combination for your fantasy team and compete in various fantasy leagues to win rewards.

What to expect from the T20 World Cup Fantasy League

MPL’s new points system is designed to match the thrill of T20 cricket, which will be in full throttle during the almost one-month long World Cup starting from October. With more bonus points available now for economy rate, strike rate, catches, and other such feats, scoring cannot get any easier for the fantasy owners. What’s more? You can also make multiple fantasy teams and compete in various tournaments to multiply your chances of winning rewards.

How to participate in the T20 World Cup Fantasy League?

With five different cricketing nations winning this ICC tournament in the last six editions, cricket hasn’t been any more unpredictable for the fans. And it is this uncertainty that has made T20 cricket so popular across the globe despite only being 14 years old. This World Cup is bound to see new cricketing stars emerge who will go on to rule the roost in the coming decade.

With so many permutations and combinations possible in this tournament, you must be at the top of your game while creating fantasy teams worthy of becoming world-beaters in the fantasy league. You can participate in the T20 World Cup Fantasy League by going to the fantasy tab on the MPL app, which is situated at the bottom of the landing page. Once you select “fantasy cricket” there, all the upcoming World Cup matches will be available for you that you can compete in straight away.

Your fantasy cricket team must have players from all four positions – batsmen, bowlers, wicket-keeper and all-rounders. You will be allotted a total of 100 credits for buying players, although you can only bring in a maximum of 7 players from one team. One fantasy cricket team must have 1-4 wicket-keepers, 1-4 all-rounders, 3-6 batsmen and 3-6 bowlers.

Download the MPL Fantasy Cricket App and start building your fantasy team for the T20 World Cup.

T20 World Cup 2021 Team List

T20 World Cup 2021 will have two phases – Round 1 and the Super 12s. Round 1, or the qualifying stage, will have eight teams divided into two groups – Group A and Group B.

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Namibia

Group B:  Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman

The top two teams from Group A and Group B will progress into the second phase of the World Cup, known as the Super 12s. The Super 12 stage will have another two groups – Group 1 and Group 2 – where the big teams will start their World Cup campaign.

Group 1

England

Defending champions of the 50-over World Cup, the England cricket team had lifted the T20 World Cup in 2010 by beating Australia comprehensively by 7 wickets. The English team had reached the final of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup as well before they lost to West Indies by 4 wickets. Eoin Morgan and Co. will be hoping to make consecutive final appearances this time while targeting to go all the way.

Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Travelling Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince

Australia

One of the most successful cricket teams in the 50-over format, who has won three consecutive World Cups, Australia has been disappointing in the T20 format so far. The closest that Australia has come to lift the T20 World Cup was in 2010 when they had reached the final.

Squad: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa. Travelling Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams 

South Africa

For the longest time, South Africa had boasted of having the best T20 talents in their squad. However, that hasn’t led the Proteas to a single T20 World Cup title in six World Cups. The side hasn’t even reached the final of the tournament on any occasion. However, they come to T20 World Cup 2021 with a good blend of youth and experience. 

Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen. Travelling Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams

West Indies

The most successful team in the T20 World Cup history, West Indies have won the trophy twice in a span of four years. This will be the third time that the Men in Maroon will return to defend their title, and their star-studded squad is more than capable of doing that in T20 World Cup 2021.

Squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr. Travelling Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein

Apart from England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies, who have already qualified for the Super 12 phase, Group 1 will see two more teams –  Group A winner and Group B runner-up – qualifying in this group before the T20 World Cup 2021  Super 12s begin on October 23.

Group 2 

India

The winner of the very first T20 World Cup, which was held in 2007 in South Africa, India has failed to replicate their success thereafter. The Men in Blue had reached the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup as well, but neighbours Sri Lanka eventually ran away with the mantle after a 6 wickets win. However, Virat Kohli and Co. arrive in UAE with arguably the best squad in T20 World Cup 2021 and will look to clinch the title for the second time.

Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami. Travelling reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Pakistan

The very first runner-up in the ICC T20 World Cup history and the winner of the title in the very next edition, Pakistan is one of the only five teams to ever lift this ICC trophy. The Men in Green, however, has mellowed down since their title-winning campaign in 2009 with no real contention in their last four campaigns. India’s archrival, Pakistan, came to the T20 World Cup 2021 with a young squad filled with promising talents.

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Mohd Rizwan, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Mohd Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohd Nawaz, Mohd Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohd Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi. Traveling reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dhani  

New Zealand

The defending champions of the World Test Championship and the runner-up of the 2019 ODI World Cup, New Zealand, have failed to get their grip in the ICC tournament despite having some of the best talents of the shortest format. However, with things seemingly falling in place for the Black Caps in the recent past, Kane Williamson and Co. will look to make the most of their momentum.

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert. Travelling reserves: Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan has already turned heads by making a direct entry into T20 World Cup 2021 through direct qualification ahead of seasoned campaigners like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Competitors will have a fair idea of the plethora of talents in the Afghanistan team who can turn the tables at any time.

Squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Usman Ghani, Naveen ul Haq, Asghar Afghan, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shapoor Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Qais Ahmad. Travelling Reserves: Afsar Zazai, Fareed Ahmad 

Apart from India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Afghanistan, Group 2 will see the Group A runner-up and Group B winner joining them after the qualifying stages.

Fixtures of T20 World Cup 2021 Fantasy League

T20 World Cup 2021 starts with the qualifying stages – Round 1 – on October 17, Sunday, when Oman takes on Papua New Guinea in the Group B match. The qualifying stages or Round 1 will continue till October 22, following which the Super 12 stage, or the finals, begins.

DateMatchTime (IST)Venue
October 17, SundayOman vs Papua New Guinea3:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 17, SundayBangladesh vs Scotland7:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 18, MondayIreland vs Netherlands3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 18, MondaySri Lanka vs Namibia 7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 19, TuesdayScotland vs Papua New Guinea3:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 19, TuesdayOman vs Bangladesh7:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 20, WednesdayNamibia vs Netherlands3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 20, WednesdaySri Lanka vs Ireland7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 21, ThursdayBangladesh vs Papua New Guinea3:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 21, ThursdayOman vs Scotland7:30 PM ISTAl Amerat Cricket Ground, Oman
October 22, FridayNamibia vs Ireland3:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 22, FridaySri Lanka vs Netherlands7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 23, SaturdayAustralia vs South Africa3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 23, SaturdayEngland vs West Indies7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 24, SundayGroup A Winner vs Group B Runner-up3:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 25, MondayIndia vs Pakistan7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 25, MondayAfghanistan vs Group B winner7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 26, TuesdaySouth Africa vs West Indies3:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 26, TuesdayPakistan vs New Zealand7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 27, WednesdayEngland vs Group B Winner3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 27, WednesdayGroup B Winner vs Group A Runner-up7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 28, ThursdayAustralia vs Group A Winner7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 29, FridayWest Indies vs Group B Runner-up3:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 29, FridayAfghanistan vs Pakistan7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 30, SaturdaySouth Africa vs Group A Winner3:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
October 30, SundayEngland vs Australia7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
October 31, MondayAfghanistan vs Group A Runner-up3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 31, MondayIndia vs New Zealand7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November 1, TuesdayEngland vs Group A winner7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
November 2, WednesdaySouth Africa vs Group B Runner-up3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 2, WednesdayPakistan vs Group A Runner-up7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 3, ThursdayNew Zealand vs Group B Winner3:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November 3, Thursday India vs Afghanistan7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 4, FridayAustralia vs Group B Runner-up3:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November 4, FridayWest Indies vs Group B Winner7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 5, FridayNew Zealand vs Group A Runner-up3:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
November 5, FridayIndia vs Group B winner7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November 6, SaturdayAustralia vs West Indies3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 6, SaturdayEngland vs South Africa7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
November 7, SundayNew Zealand vs Afghanistan3:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 7, SundayPakistan vs Group B Winner7:30 PM ISTSharjah Cricket Stadium
November 8, MondayIndia vs Group A Runner-up7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November 10, TuesdayGroup 1 Winner vs Group 2 Runner-up7:30 PM ISTSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
November 11, WednesdayGroup 1 Runner-up vs Group 2 Winner7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium
November  14, ThursdaySemi-final 1 Winner vs Semi-final 2 Winner7:30 PM ISTDubai International Stadium

Tips and Tricks to play T20 World Cup Fantasy League

Creating the perfect cricket fantasy team requires a lot of planning and research as you have to stay up to date with all the developments concerning team news and player injuries. Not only that, but players should also be picked according to the opponents and playing conditions. Here are a few tips and tricks to play the T20 World Cup fantasy league on MPL.

  • Create your fantasy team keeping in mind the host country: While players like Keiron Pollard, Andre Russell, Ben Stokes and others might be T20 superstars, you should dig up their recent performances in UAE, which is the host country for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Check performances of players in the Indian T20 League, Pakistan Super League, and other T20 domestic tournaments before picking your players. We have made it easier for you to keep tabs on teams and players. Read our blogs for regular updates on everything related to fantasy league like the probable XI, the best performers ahead of a game, among others.
  • Keep an eye on the playing conditions: No other format of cricket gets as much influenced by the playing conditions as T20. The four-hour playing duration gives each team very little time to adapt once the game starts and your fantasy team players should also be picked, keeping the pitch report and the weather conditions in mind.
  • Know about lesser-known players: While the household names of T20 cricket are easy picks for any match, chances are opponents have a game plan to use against them in T20 World Cup 2021. Hence, your fantasy team should be balanced with superstars as well as the lesser-known squad players or debutants, who will be eager to make a difference on the biggest stage.
  • Pick your captain and vice-captain wisely: With MPL’s fantasy cricket giving 2x and 1.5 x points respectively, to your captain and vice-captain, it is obvious that those two selections will end up being the game-changer for you in fantasy leagues. Hence, you should spend the most time picking these two players wisely.

You can also get more such tips and tricks on creating your Indian fantasy cricket teams on the MPL blog.

Why play T20 World Cup Fantasy League on MPL?

Here are the reasons why MPL remains the one-stop destination for fantasy sports fans across the world.

  • MPL provides the perfect platform for both beginners and pro fantasy league players;  wherein there are both free practice games as well as cash contests. So, if you are a beginner, you can commence your journey to become a fantasy league expert and win prizes on the MPL platform.
  • What makes MPL so reliable is the legitimacy of the app that provides safe and secure transactions for all its users through a secure channel.
  • Apart from being safe and secure, MPL is also the most user-friendly app out there for fantasy league players. The comprehensive MPL app has zero glitches, which gives its users the ideal gaming experience.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is T20 World Cup Fantasy League?

The T20 World Cup Fantasy League is the cricket fantasy game that MPL is bringing to you on the eve of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. With the ICC tournament returning for the first time since 2016, you can now create your fantasy team on the MPL mobile app to take part in contests and win prizes daily during the month-long competition.

In this, you can pick 11 players from real life in your fantasy teams and you will be awarded points based on their performances during the tournament. You can create multiple teams to compete in multiple online contests on MPL and increase your chances of winning.

When will T20 World Cup Fantasy League Matches Start in 2021?

The Indian T20 World Cup fantasy league will start on October 14, 2021. T20 World cup 2021 will be played in UAE across three venues in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi and in Oman. A total of 45 matches will be played in the competition having two phases – Round 1 and Super 12 – before the semi-final and final match.

Is Playing T20 World Cup Fantasy League on MPL safe?

It is absolutely safe to play the T20 World Cup fantasy league on MPL as all the transactions are done through a secure gateway. If you win, your winnings are transferred to your account immediately. You can play fantasy sports on MPL without any worry.