Men’s T20 World Cup is one of the showpiece events hosted by the ICC. Just like the Men’s 50-over World Cup, the T20 WC also invokes similar interests among all the cricket fans across the globe. However, in the recent past, the uncertainty over the staging of T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, has also raised questions over the next year’s event which is scheduled to be played in India.
The World Cup in 2021 in India will be the second ICC event hosted in the country after the 2016 World T20. While most cricket associations will be vying to earn the privilege to host the tournament final, BCCI might consider hosting the T20 WC 2021 final at one of the most premier stadiums in India.
Here’s a look at 5 stadiums that can host the ICC T20 World Cup Final on 2021:
1. Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Eden Gardens at Kolkata has always had the pleasure of hosting some of the most prestigious tournament finals in India. Even in 2016, Kolkata hosted the T20 World Cup Final. Eden Gardens also became a host to the 1996 World Cup Semi-Final. Even in 2021, the stadium might be in contention for procuring the hosting privilege for the T20 WC final in 2021.
2. Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wankhede Stadium hosted the iconic 2011 World Cup Final to enter into the rich history books in Indian cricket. The ground even became a spectacle to India’s loss in the 2016 World T20 Semis against West Indies. The stadium has also hosted a couple of IPL finals to account for its ability to host big matches. Being one of the most ancient grounds in the country, MCA’s Wankhede Stadium might throw the hat in the ring in contention to host the Final in 2021.
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3. M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
A bowler’s graveyard in the T20 format, Bengaluru’s M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, however, is one of the crowd’s favourite. Home to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL, Chinnaswamy has often hosted high-scoring thrillers in the past few years. Due to the short boundaries, batters find it easier to hit sixes with ease. As a result, due to its popularity among the fans, the stadium might well acquire the rights to host the 2021 Final.
4. Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
The world’s largest cricket stadium with a seating capacity of over 100k, Sardar Patel Stadium is the front-runner to host the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup Final. BCCI might be interested to offer the hosting rights of the next biggest event in India to the newly built Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. While the stadium hosted the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, it is also expected to host the D/N Test between India and England next year.
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5. Rajiv Gandhi Int’l Stadium, Hyderabad
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium holds a seating capacity of nearly 55k spectators. Home to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, the stadium boasts of successfully hosting the IPL Final in 2017 and 2019. Despite being one of the largest cricket grounds in India, this stadium has been a host to some of the most high-scoring T20 games in the past. In 2016, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium failed to acquire hosting rights to any of the World T20 matches, and the HCA would be hoping to host at least a few matches in the World Cup next year.