Muscat: In a move that will provide a major fillip to Oman’s capabilities in the world of Cricket, Oman Cricket (OC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that the ICC T20 World Cup-bound England Cricket team is holding a preparatory camp in the Sultanate from October 5 to 15, 2021.
The ICC T20 World Cup will be played in Oman and the United Arab Emirates between October 17 and November 14, 2021. All necessary arrangements for the training and bio-bubble for the England team have been finalised.
Pankaj Khimji, Chairman of Oman Cricket, said,“We are looking forward to welcoming the English Cricket team and their families!! I do hope they will get a chance to experience Oman’s culture and hospitality. It’s indeed a pleasure to host them!”
Chris Silverwood, Head Coach of ECB, said: “ECB confirms the 10-day preparatory camp in Oman prior to the start of the Group 1 matches. This is part of our endeavour to acclimatise the team with the conditions. We are thankful to Oman Cricket for the support.”
England is placed with Australia, defending champions West Indies, and South Africa in Group 1. The Group will also have two teams joining from the qualifying round prior to the start of the main round of World Cup.
Meanwhile, all UAE venues will be operating at approximately 70 per cent of maximum seated capacity in the upcoming men’s T20 World Cup, said the International Cricket Council (ICC) .
Tickets are available for fans to watch the top 16 T20 teams in the world vying for the ultimate prize in the shortest format which gets underway in Muscat on October 17 and is set to conclude in the UAE on November 14.
Moreover, Abu Dhabi has also introduced new socially distanced ‘pods’ of a maximum of 4 spectators on their east and west grass mounds. The Oman Cricket Academy has had a temporary infrastructure built to welcome 3,000 fans.
The schedule offers a host of key rivalry fixtures and mouth-watering matchups. The tournament kicks off with the Round 1 match between Oman and Papua New Guinea in Muscat.
While, Australia and South Africa play the first match of Super 12s on October 23 in Abu Dhabi followed by the replay of the 2016 final between England and West Indies also on October 23 in Dubai.
India will play against Pakistan, on October 24 in Dubai.