T20 World Cup 2024 Guide, Odds and Schedule

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The T20 World Cup 2024 started with a victory for the USA on June 1st. Now, we’ll tell you everything else you need to know about the rest of the tournament.

We’ll look at the T20 World Cup schedule, potential winners, and why it’s being played for the first time in the US.

What is the T20 World Cup?

The T20 World Cup is the highlight of the cricket calendar for the Twenty20 (T20 for short) format of the game. It’s an international tournament run every two years.

A T20 game lasts just 20 overs and is much shorter than other forms of cricket, with games usually completed within three hours. The T20 World Cup brings together 20 qualifying nations and is now one of the most popular events with fans because of its frantic and exhilarating gameplay.

Why is the T20 World Cup being Held in the US?

Given its massive and diverse population, the ICC has targeted the US as a growth market.

Major League Cricket (MLC) was launched in 2023 to create a professional league in the US and, for the most part, it was a great success.

The 2024 Cricket World Cup is being co hosted by the USA and the West Indies, a group of Caribbean countries where cricket is extremely popular.

This is the second time the International Cricket Council (ICC) has used two nations to host a single T20 World Cup, and it’s been designed to increase cricket’s reach in North America.

Cricket is huge in the West Indies and is one of the country’s biggest sports, but in the US, the number of eyes on the game and player participants is very low, especially compared to the likes of basketball, baseball, and American football.

T20 World Cup 2024 Venues

Nine venues will host games at the 2024 Cricket World Cup. Three are in the US, and six in the West Indies.

The games in the US will be held in Dallas, Texas, Lauderhill, Florida, and Nassau County, New York.

Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas and Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida were the only two cricket grounds in the country before Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in Long Island, New York was purpose-built for the World Cup.

In contrast, all six locations across the West Indies have hosted international cricket for decades.

Here’s a full list of all T20 World Cup 2024 venues:

United States Venues:

  • Grand Prairie Stadium, Dallas, Texas: Will host the opening match and a total of 4 matches.
  • Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, Florida: Scheduled to host 4 matches.
  • Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York: Set to host 8 matches, including the high-profile India-Pakistan encounter.

West Indies Venues:

  • Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua and Barbuda: Allocated 8 matches.
  • Kensington Oval, Barbados: Will host 9 matches, including the final.
  • Providence Stadium, Guyana: Scheduled to host 6 matches, including a semi-final.
  • Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Saint Lucia: Set to host 6 matches.
  • Arnos Vale Stadium, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Will host 5 matches.
  • Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago: Allocated 6 matches, including a semi-final.

T20 World Cup Odds

The table below shows the latest betting odds for each team to win the T20 World Cup, reach the final and reach the semi-final.

This will give you a good understanding of the teams that play a lot of cricket. If you’re keen to learn the rules of this idiosyncratic game and learn and find out how to bet on cricket, this is a good place to start.

Team Odds to Win Odds to Reach Final Odds to Reach Semi-Final
India +225 -125 -500
Australia +400 +175 -200
England +550 +250 +100
West Indies +700 +350 +125
South Africa +750 +400 +150
New Zealand +1200 +550 +225
Pakistan +1200 +550 +225
Sri Lanka +3300 +1600 +750
Afghanistan +4000 +1950 +925
Bangladesh +6600 +3250 +1575
Ireland +25000 +12450 +6175
Netherlands +25000 +12450 +6175
USA +25000 +12450 +6175
Papua New Guinea +50000 +24950 +12425
Canada +100000 +49950 +24925
Nepal +100000 +49950 +24925
Oman +100000 +49950 +24925
Scotland +100000 +49950 +24925
Uganda +200000 +99950 +49925

Regarding an outright winner, it’s tough to look past the top three in India, Australia, and England. All three nations are in good form with devastating batting lineups that can win any game.

For us, the value lies with England. They are playing some of the most exciting T20 cricket in the world and have incredible depth for both batting and bowling.

Their odds of +550 with the best online sportsbooks look like great value.

2024 T20 Cricket World Cup Favorites

We’ll take a closer look at the T20 World Cup favorites to see how they might fair. In this section, we’ve added previews of India, Australia and England to show you who’s likely to go far in this year’s tournament.

India

India

India is the best team in the world and will always be one of the teams to watch, regardless of the tournament. They have incredible depth, with a great mix of emerging talent and veteran pros.

Standout batters will no doubt be Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and captain Rohit Sharma. Their bowlers, like Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Ravindra Jadeja, are also highly skilled match-winners.

One of India’s biggest strengths is its ability to adapt. The Caribbean pitches will likely be slow and should turn, which benefits them more than any other nation.

From a betting perspective, it is difficult to find value when betting on India as they are so dominant. Towards the end of the tournament, when games get close may provide opportunities to fade the public as they have a huge following and many India fans bet blindly on their team no matter what.

Australia

Australia

Australia is just starting to emerge from a transition stage and find its feet again.

The team will be led by all-rounder (a player who both bats and bowls) Mitch Marsh for the first time. He’s a novice as a captain in major tournaments, but he has a wealth of knowledge.

He’s also got some experienced heads in his team to fall back on, including Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, and David Warner.

What could hamper Australia is their inconsistency and lack of match-winners in the batting department. They are a strong team on paper, but whether they can beat the best in the world remains to be seen.

Despite this, they may provide some value in prop betting markets. Less popular players like Travis Head and Cameron Green will get plenty of runs and wickets, particularly against weaker opponents and may be worth betting on.

England

England

England has the most exciting squad of the three but is the least experienced in terms of depth. Jos Butler will lead the team, and he’s widely considered one of the best T20 batters of all time.

Bowling-wise, if Mark Wood and Jofra Archer can stay fit, they can bowl any team out. But this is a big if, and both have struggled to play back-to-back games in big tournaments, which is a worry.

At +550, they look the best value best of the three favorites and are definitely the ones to watch.

Tournament Format

To best explain what is the T20 World Cup, we need to learn how the format works.

Group Stage

  • The tournament begins with a group stage where the 20 teams are divided into four groups of five teams each. Each team plays against the other teams in their group once.
  • The top two teams from each group advance to qualification, or ‘Super 8s’ stage.

Super 8s

  • The eight qualifying teams from the group stage are divided into two groups of four teams each.
  • Teams play against each other in their respective groups in a round-robin format.
  • Based on points and net run rate, the top two teams from each Super 8s group advance to the semi-finals.
Knockout Stage
  • Semi-Finals: The first semi-final features the winner of Group 1 from the Super 8s against the runner-up of Group 2. In the second semi-final, the winner of Group 2 faces the runner-up of Group 1.
  • Final: The winners of the two semi-final matches compete in the final to determine the T20 World Cup champion.

T20 World Cup Schedule

All times are Eastern time

Saturday June 1
USA vs Canada – Grand Prairie, Texas (9:30pm)

Sunday June 2
West Indies vs Papua New Guinea – Providence, Guyana (10:30am)

Namibia vs Oman – Bridgetown, Barbados (8:30pm)

Monday June 3
South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Afghanistan vs Uganda – Providence, Guyana (7:30pm)

Tuesday June 4
England vs Scotland – Bridgetown, Barbados (10:30am)

Netherlands vs Nepal – Grand Prairie, Texas (11:30am)

Wednesday June 5
India vs Ireland – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Papua New Guinea vs Uganda – Providence, Guyana (7:30pm)

Australia vs Oman – Bridgetown, Barbados (8:30pm)

Thursday June 6
USA vs Pakistan – Grand Prairie, Texas (11:30am)

Namibia vs Scotland – Bridgetown, Barbados (3:00pm)

Friday June 7
Canada vs Ireland – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

New Zealand vs Afghanistan – Providence, Guyana (7:30pm)

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh – Grand Prairie, Texas (8:30pm)

Saturday June 8
Netherlands vs South Africa – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Australia vs England – Bridgetown, Barbados (1:00pm)

West Indies vs Uganda – Providence, Guyana (8:30pm)

Sunday June 9
India vs Pakistan – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Oman vs Scotland – North Sound, Antigua (1:00pm)

Monday June 10
South Africa vs Bangladesh – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Tuesday June 11
Pakistan vs Canada – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

Sri Lanka vs Nepal – Lauderhill, Florida (7:30pm)

Australia vs Namibia – North Sound, Antigua (8:30pm)

Wednesday June 12
USA vs India – Long Island, New York (10:30am)

West Indies vs New Zealand – Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago (8:30pm)

Thursday June 13
Bangladesh vs Netherlands – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (10:30am)

England vs Oman – North Sound, Antigua (3:00pm)

Afghanistan vs Papua New Guinea – Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago (8:30pm)

Friday June 14
USA vs Ireland – Lauderhill, Florida (10:30am)

South Africa vs Nepal – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (7:30pm)

New Zealand vs Uganda – Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago (8:30pm)

Saturday June 15
India vs Canada – Lauderhill, Florida (10:30am)

Namibia vs England – North Sound, Antigua (1:00pm)

Australia vs Scotland – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (8:30pm)

Sunday June 16
Pakistan vs Ireland – Lauderhill, Florida (10:30am)

Bangladesh vs Nepal – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (7:30pm)

Sri Lanka vs Netherlands – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (8:30pm)

Monday June 17
New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea – Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago (10:30am)

West Indies vs Afghanistan – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (8:30pm)

Super 8s

Wednesday June 19
A2 vs D1 – North Sound, Antigua (10:30am)

B1 vs C2 – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (8:30pm)

Thursday June 20
C1 vs A1 – Bridgetown, Barbados (10:30am)

B2 vs D2 – North Sound, Antigua (8:30pm)

Friday June 21
B1 vs D1 – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (10:30am)

A2 vs C2 – Bridgetown, Barbados (8:30pm)

Saturday June 22
A1 vs D2 – North Sound, Antigua (10:30am)

C1 vs B2 – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (8:30pm)

Sunday June 23
A2 vs B1 – Bridgetown, Barbados (10:30am)

C2 vs D1 – North Sound, Antigua (8:30pm)

Monday June 24
B2 vs A1 – Gros Islet, Saint Lucia (10:30am)

C1 vs D2 – Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (8:30pm)

Knockout stages

Wednesday June 26
Semi-final #1 – Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago (8:30pm)

Thursday June 27
Semi-final #2 – Providence, Guyana (10:30am)

Saturday June 29
Final – Bridgetown, Barbados (10:30am)

What is cricket?

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Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world, with an estimated 2.5 billion fans, it is second only to soccer in terms of its number of followers.In fact, for some top offshore sportsbooks, cricket is the second highest source of handle behind soccer.Fundamentally, cricket is a bat and ball sport played between two teams of 11 players each. The object of the game is to score more runs than your opponent.Games are split between two or four innings, depending on the format. One team will bat first and set a runs total that the other team must then beat.The team batting first will have two batters at the wicket at any one time, while the fielding team will have all 11 players on the field. One player from the fielding team will bowl an over of six balls.

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It’s the batters’ job to score runs, and they do this by hitting the ball and running up and down the length of the pitch or hitting the ball to the boundary rope.Any ball hit to the boundary with one or more bounces is worth four runs, and without bouncing, it is worth six runs.The bowler’s job is to get betters out. This can include being bowled, caught, stumped, LBW (Leg Before Wicket) or run out.The innings are over once 10 batters are out (there will always be one batter not out at the end of the innings) or the maximum number of overs have been bowled.

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The team with the most runs at the end of the game is the winner. However, this can vary based on the format, with draws and ties possible in some formats.FAQs

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