T20 Blast Schedule 2020 Announced Confirms ECB

The T20 Blast Schedule has been confirmed by the ECB
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ECB Announces The T20 Blast Schedule 

The eagerly anticipated T20 Blast competition will begin on Thursday 27 August. It starts with South Group tie with holders Essex hosting Middlesex. This kicks off a full programme of matches around the country, concluding with Yorkshire’s clash with Nottinghamshire at Headingley. The T20 Blast Schedule will be widely welcomed by viewers worldwide as cricket continues to return post lockdown.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today confirmed that this summer’s domestic season will come to a conclusion with the popular Vitality Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston on Saturday, October 3. This is the latest finish to a county calendar in its history.

AB De Villiers was in fine form in the 2019 T20 Blast for Middlesex
TAUNTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: AB De Villiers of Middlesex hits out as Tom Banton of Somerset looks on during the Vitality Blast match between Somerset and Middlesex at The Cooper Associates County Ground on August 30, 2019 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

With safety in mind and to reduce travel, the Vitality Blast has been regionalised into the same three groups used in the newly formatted red-ball four-day Bob Willis Trophy domestic competition. Each county, therefore, is set to play 10 group-stage matches before the knockout stages according to the T20 Blast schedule.

T20 Blast Schedule Groups

North: Derbyshire Falcons, Lancashire Lightning, Durham, Leicestershire Foxes, Notts Outlaws, Yorkshire Vikings.

Central: Birmingham Bears, Glamorgan, Gloucestershire, Northants Steelbacks, Somerset, Worcestershire Rapids.

South: Essex Eagles, Hampshire, Kent Spitfires, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex Sharks.

All counties will be relishing the return to white-ball action . Particularly those who have struggled in the Bob Willis Trophy format. Last years runners-up the south group’s Sussex Sharks will be looking to avenge their defeat from 2019.

Tom Banton had an excellent season for Somerset in 2019
TAUNTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: Tom Banton of Somerset drives during the Vitality Blast match between Somerset and Middlesex at The Cooper Associates County Ground on August 30, 2019 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

It is hoped with the late finish that the four T20 Blast quarter-finals on Thursday 1 October could be played in front of limited crowds. Recently, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated he aims to have crowds back in arenas in October.

This means that fans would then also be in attendance for the T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston two days later, for what will now be the 2020 domestic season’s concluding fixture.

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The Venues 

With the ongoing international calendar and the continued use of both Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl, due to their on-site hotels, Lancashire will play at least one home game at outground Liverpool Cricket Club.

Jos Buttler could play for Lancashire Lightning this season
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 16: Jos Buttler of Lancashire Lightning in action during the NatWest T20 Blast match between Lancashire Lightning and Worcestershire Rapids at Old Trafford on August 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Likewise, Hampshire will play their first four games away from home to avoid a clash with international fixtures before returning to the Ageas Bowl. Middlesex will return to Lords for this competition, having played their Bob Willis Trophy fixtures at Radlett Cricket Club instead.

Lastly, don’t forget the second Test match of the series between England and Pakistan begins tomorrow at 11.00 am. Pakistan will be hoping to level the series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. It should be an exciting game.

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