A team-by-team breakdown: From the sport’s worldwide heavyweights, to the challengers getting into the primary spherical, the upcoming ICC Males’s T20 World Cup is bound to excite.
The 2021 version of the Males’s T20 World Cup will likely be hosted by the UAE and Oman, transferring away from its authentic vacation spot – India. The match will get underway on 17 October and can conclude the next month on 14 November.
With the teams for Spherical 1 and the Tremendous 12 now confirmed, we take a more in-depth have a look at each group, their historical past within the match, and their large match within the group phases.
Group A: Sri Lanka, Eire, Netherlands, Namibia
SRI LANKA – Ninth on the T20I rankings
Outdoors the highest eight of the boys’s T20I Group Rankings on the deadline, Sri Lanka have a difficult match path. They enter in Spherical 1 and wish a top-two end of their group to enter the Tremendous 12 section.
Regardless of taking place 3-0 of their latest away sequence to England, Sri Lanka have proven glimpses of high quality and may have an opportunity to tune-up with a house sequence in opposition to India this month.
Match to look out for: Eire – Sri Lanka will go into the T20 World Cup because the favourites in Group A however cannot afford to take something with no consideration given their latest lean type. On paper, their sternest check will likely be in opposition to Eire. Solely 4 locations break up Sri Lanka (eighth) and Eire (twelfth) on the ICC T20I group rankings.
Event historical past: Sri Lanka are one in every of 4 groups to have received the boys’s T20 World Cup, taking out the match in 2014. They beat India within the Ultimate that 12 months due to a half-century from Kumar Sangakkara and skilled spells from Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath and Angelo Mathews.
The victory in 2014 was notably candy, having completed runners up in 2009 and 2014, in addition to the 2007 and 2011 Cricket World Cups.
IRELAND – twelfth
A mixture of golden age mainstays and younger expertise, Eire certified for this 12 months’s match by topping their group within the qualifier on web run fee, even after dropping matches to Canada and UAE.
Final enjoying a T20I again in March 2020 – a three-match sequence they misplaced 2-1 – Andy Balbirnie’s males will host South Africa and Zimbabwe for 3 T20Is every within the lead-in to the match.
Match to look out for: Sri Lanka – Eire have made a penchant of beating groups increased on the standings than them at main tournaments, having registered Cricket World Cup victories over Pakistan (2007), England (2011), West Indies (2015) and Zimbabwe (2015), and Bangladesh on the 2009 T20 World Cup. Now firmly established as a power to be reckoned with, they’ll each make a press release and take a giant step ahead within the match in the event that they knock over Sri Lanka.
Event historical past: Eire stunned lots by reaching the second spherical of T20 World Cup 2009 – their debut match within the showpiece occasion. They have not made it additional than the primary spherical of their 4 tournaments since, lacking out on net-run fee in 2014.
This 12 months, they are going to be chasing their first win in a T20 World Cup match since 2014.
NETHERLANDS – seventeenth
Netherlands made the showpiece occasion by reaching the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup Qualifier match, which they went on to win. Combating on the ODI World Cup Tremendous League entrance with two wins from three in opposition to Eire and a tour to South Africa in September, Ryan Campbell’s males will likely be juggling each white-ball codecs.
Count on them to depart no stone unturned of their preparation, persevering with to experiment and construct group depth with a big group of gamers.
Match to look out for: Eire – The conflict between the 2 groups will likely be important to each their hopes of progressing to the Tremendous 12 stage. Netherlands have cause to be assured, having received seven of their 12 T20Is in opposition to Eire and are available out on prime of their latest ODI sequence.
Event historical past: Qualifiers for the showpiece occasion for a fourth time this 12 months, Netherlands greatest match thus far was in 2014, the place they reached the second spherical. The Dutch topped Group B within the first stage that 12 months, reaching the Tremendous 10 the place they notched a well-known win over England however failed to achieve the knockouts.
NAMIBIA – nineteenth
After reaching ODI standing earlier in 2019, Namibia capped off a near-perfect 12 months by beating Oman within the playoff stage of the Qualifier to ebook their ticket for the upcoming match. Captain Gerhard Erasmus is among the classiest gamers within the Affiliate recreation, and leads one of many strongest outfits the nation has ever put collectively.
With particular person expertise all through their enjoying 11, Namibia are actually darkish horses to progress into the principle group stage.
Match to look out for: Their first match – Namibia will likely be making their T20 World Cup debut at this 12 months’s match and enjoying their first match at an ICC World Cup in both restricted overs format since 2003. What higher method to mark the event than a victory to kickstart their push to achieve the Tremendous 12.
Event historical past: Event debut
Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Oman, Papua New Guinea
BANGLADESH – tenth
With two ODI Tremendous League wins in opposition to Sri Lanka and the increase of a returning Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh will likely be quietly assured of a robust T20 World Cup show. The group struggled in a 0-3 T20I sequence defeat to New Zealand earlier within the 12 months, although 21-year-old Mohammad Naim confirmed promise on the prime of the order in a baptism of fireplace and their bowling assault ought to benefit from the friendlier situations on the World Cup. At present touring Zimbabwe, their three upcoming T20Is will likely be a great likelihood for gamers to place their hand up for the match.
Match to look out for: Scotland – Sitting tenth on the ICC T20I group rankings, Bangladesh are the favourites to prime Group B however must be at their greatest to achieve the Tremendous 12. Scotland look more likely to be their stiffest check, sitting simply 4 spots decrease on the rankings. The 2 groups have solely met as soon as beforehand in T20I cricket – a match Scotland received by 34 runs in 2012.
Event historical past: Bangladesh have reached the second stage of the T20 World Cup in three of their six campaigns thus far, having featured in each one of many showpiece occasions. Having certified for the Tremendous 8s within the inaugural match in 2007, Bangladesh fell brief within the subsequent three editions earlier than reaching the Tremendous 10 in each 2014 and 2016.
At this 12 months’s match, they are going to be seeking to go one additional than the Tremendous 12 stage, having not but tasted victory within the second stage of a T20 World Cup match.
SCOTLAND – 14th
Getting back from a fourth-place end in Group A of the Qualifier, Scotland reached the T20 World Cup the onerous approach, profitable a do-or-die playoff in opposition to UAE in Dubai. The Scots have caught to a core group of ever-presents, with ICC Affiliate Participant of the Decade Kyle Coetzer more likely to lead out a aspect with the collective expertise of over 400 T20Is. Fixtures have been few and much between for the group through the pandemic, although they ended a wait of over 500 days and not using a match, splitting a two-match ODI sequence with the Netherlands 1-1 again in Could.
Match to look out for: Papua New Guinea – Scotland had been the one group to defeat Papua New Guinea within the group stage of the World Qualifier and may put themselves on monitor for qualification to the Tremendous 12 stage by repeating the trick on the T20 World Cup.
Event historical past: Taking part in on the T20 World Cup for the fourth time, Scotland will likely be hoping to get previous the primary stage for the primary time this 12 months.
Their lone victory at a T20 World Cup got here in 2016 after they beat Hong Kong by eight wickets at Nagpur.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – sixteenth
The group affectionately often called the Barramundis leapt to the highest of a robust Group A and had been the primary group to ebook their World Cup spot at 2019’s Qualifier. That was thanks largely to their opening pair of captain Assad Vala and Tony Ura, who averaged 46.66 for the primary wicket at a run fee of 8.34. A flexible outfit with the ball, Vala has a plethora of choices at his disposal and will utilise seven or eight bowlers in any given match.
Match to look out for: Their first match – Papua New Guinea will likely be making their World Cup debut on the match having by no means earlier than certified in both T20 or ODI cricket. After topping their group in qualification, they will be seeking to begin their maiden World Cup with a bang.
Event historical past: Event debut
OMAN – 18th
Oman had two bites of the cherry within the playoff stage of 2019’s qualifier, beating Hong Kong after falling to Namibia on their first try. Khawar Ali and Jatinder Singh will look to blaze on the prime, whereas Aqib Ilyas’ extra measured strategy ought to carry the group by means of the center overs. Khawar’s leg-spin will likely be utilised by captain Zeeshan Maqsood, who has pacemen Mohammad Nadeem, Fayyaz Butt and yorker specialist Bilal Khan at his disposal.
Match to look out for: Scotland – The final time the 2 groups met was on the 2019 ICC Males’s T20 World Cup Qualifier. Oman misplaced that match, the fifth-placed play-off, however by that stage had already secured their spot within the World Cup. An identical defeat within the match correct could be a critical blow to their ambitions.
Event historical past: Oman certified for the T20 World Cup for the primary time in 2016 so have lots to be pleased with in reaching the match for the second time in a row.
They marked their match debut in 2016 with a first-up win over Eire and will likely be aiming to achieve the Tremendous 12s this 12 months.
Group 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Winner Group A, Runner-up Group B
ENGLAND – 1st
After their triumph within the 2019 ICC Males’s Cricket World Cup, England will likely be seeking to again that success up within the 2021 T20 World Cup with the identical group of core gamers.
Eoin Morgan’s males had been in ominous type within the not too long ago concluded T20I sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka, finishing a 3-0 clear sweep. England’s best second within the match got here in 2010 after they had been topped champions within the Caribbean.
Match to look out for: West Indies – 5 years in the past England got here agonisingly near profitable the T20 World Cup, dropping a last-over thriller to the West Indies within the Ultimate. The 2 groups will meet within the Tremendous 12 of this 12 months’s match.
Event historical past: England’s most wonderful second within the format got here in 2010 after they toppled rivals Australia within the Ultimate to take house the trophy for the primary time. That is still the lone time they’ve received the boys’s T20 World Cup, having suffered heartbreak in 2016, the place they fell brief within the Ultimate in opposition to the West Indies.
The 2 instances England has reached the knockout phases, they’ve made the Ultimate.
AUSTRALIA – fifth
The Australians will hope to finish their drought within the males’s match, having didn’t win a single version thus far. Aaron Finch’s males have had a lean time of it in T20 cricket of late, having misplaced every of their previous 4 sequence.
This 12 months they had been defeated 3-2 by New Zealand and at present path the West Indies 3-1 in a five-match sequence. With six video games to go earlier than the match, they nonetheless have time to fine-tune their recreation and definitely have the expertise to fret each opposing outfit.
Match to look out for: England – Australia went down 2-1 after they final took on England in a T20I sequence however pushed the hosts all the way in which, dropping the opening match by simply two runs. A victory over the top-ranking males’s T20I group on the earth could be a lift to each Australia’s confidence and their match hopes.
Event historical past: The T20 World Cup has frequently been a case of so shut but thus far for Australia. Defeated within the semi-finals by eventual champions India in 2007, the Australians misplaced the Ultimate in opposition to England in 2010. In 2012 they reached the semi-finals once more, and as soon as once more misplaced to the eventual champions as they had been blown away by the West Indies. They are going to be seeking to attain the knockout phases for the primary time since 2012 this 12 months.
SOUTH AFRICA – sixth
The Proteas have been present process a interval of transition in all types of the sport however took a giant step ahead this month, beating defending champions the West Indies 3-2. With a couple of matches to go earlier than the match begins, Temba Bavuma’s males nonetheless have time to work out their greatest mixture. With an all-star assault, they’re greater than geared up for a title tilt.
Match to look out for: Australia – South Africa sit only one spot behind Australia on the ICC T20I group standings. They misplaced the final sequence they performed in opposition to the Australians 2-1 however look a much-improved aspect since then. Each groups characteristic specific bowling assaults, making their match a mouth-watering affair.
Event historical past: The T20 World Cup has not been a contented searching floor for South Africa to date, with a greatest end of the semi-finals in 2009 and 2014. In 2009 they suffered their first lack of the match of their semi-final in opposition to Pakistan, whereas they went all the way down to India and a Virat Kohli masterclass in 2014.
WEST INDIES – eighth
Boasting a fearsome batting line-up and a plethora of world-class all-rounders, the two-time defending champions will pose a significant risk to any opposition. Champions in 2012 and 2016, the Caribbean outfit misplaced their most not too long ago accomplished T20 sequence 3-2 in opposition to South Africa, however have impressed in opposition to Australia, main Finch’s group 3-1. They may even host Pakistan forward of the match.
Match to look out for: England – 5 years in the past the West Indies knocked England over in an unbelievable Ultimate at Eden Gardens. Their conflict at this 12 months’s match guarantees to be simply as thrilling given the ability in each batting orders.
Event historical past: Probably the most embellished group in males’s T20 World Cup historical past, West Indies have taken the trophy house twice. In 2012 they knocked over Sri Lanka within the decider and in 2016 they received a thriller in opposition to England. Alongside these two trophy wins, they’ve additionally reached the semi-finals in 2009 and 2014.
Group 2: India, Pakistan New Zealand, Afghanistan, Winner Group B, Runner-up Group A
INDIA – 2nd
Initially slated to host the match, there’ll now should be a change in technique for Virat Kohli and his group forward of the showpiece occasion in Oman and UAE. At present quantity two within the rankings, India are nicely stacked when it comes to depth in all their departments forward of the sport.
Their gamers may have some T20 match observe forward of the match, with the IPL concluding days earlier than the beginning of the World Cup within the UAE. By way of type, they final beat England 3-2 in a five-match T20I sequence of their house situations in Ahmedabad. Their greatest efficiency thus far stays the inaugural version of the match in 2007, the place they had been topped Champions.
Match to look out for: Pakistan – May there be every other? Clashes between these two sides at ICC occasions are must-watch viewing. The final time these two groups met on the 2016 T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli produced one of many format’s best ever innings, whereas their conflict within the 2007 T20 World Cup Ultimate delivered the inaugural match the thrilling end it deserved.
Event historical past: The primary-ever T20 Phrase Cup champions, India took out the inaugural version in 2007. The trophy has eluded them ever since. In 2014 they made the Ultimate, solely to be toppled by a Sri Lanka group that desperately deserved success after a lean run in ICC match finals. They had been among the many favourites in 2016 however went down within the semi-finals to the West Indies.
PAKISTAN – 4th
Babar Azam’s males will likely be heading into the match, quietly assured of tasting glory. The boys in inexperienced have some harmful campaigners of their ranks, together with the skipper, who is among the greatest within the enterprise. They final performed a sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe, profitable it 2-1. In addition they have away assignments developing in opposition to England and the West Indies. They received the match in 2009.
Match to look out for: India – Matches do not get a lot larger than Pakistan-India and Babar Azam’s group will likely be intent on taking down their rivals for the primary time at a Males’s T20 World Cup. The match pits two of the classiest batting orders and thrilling assaults in opposition to eachother.
Event historical past: Among the many T20 World Cup’s most constant performers by means of the primary 4 rounds, Pakistan have fallen in need of the knockout phases previously two editions. The aspect had been runners up within the first T20 World Cup in 2007, however bounced shortly to win the trophy in 2009 earlier than semi-final finishes in 2010 and 2012.
NEW ZEALAND – third
The Kiwis may have their confidence sky-high, have not too long ago tasted glory because the inaugural champions of the ICC World Check Championship. Having sealed the victory, they are going to now purpose to make it two ICC match victories in a row on the T20 World Cup. The Kane Williamson-led aspect final performed a T20I sequence in opposition to Australia, profitable it 3-2. They reached the semi-finals in 2007 and 2016, which stays their greatest efficiency on the match.
Match to look out for: India – New Zealand have had the wooden over India in Males’s ICC tournaments, having not suffered a defeat in opposition to them since 2003. They will know India will likely be intent on altering that file as quickly as attainable.
Event historical past: The Black Caps are chasing their first Males’s T20 World Cup trophy having not made it additional than the semi-finals thus far. They had been semi-finalists within the first version in 2007, dropping to Pakistan, and reached the semis in 2016, the place they had been defeated by England – their lone lack of the match.
AFGHANISTAN – seventh
Afghanistan will depend upon their battery of spinners and a few harmful hitters to make a critical affect within the match.
They not too long ago whitewashed Zimbabwe 3-0 in a T20I sequence and can fancy their possibilities within the UAE, the place the situations will likely be useful.
Match to look out for: New Zealand – The Black Caps are the lone opponents Afghanistan haven’t met of their Tremendous 12 Group – that might change if Namibia be a part of their group. Unknowns are getting rarer and rarer for Afghanistan, making their match in opposition to New Zealand one to look out for.
Event historical past: Having made their match debut in 2010, Afghanistan have made speedy progress since. They’ve certified for each T20 World Cup since and reached the Tremendous 10 stage of the 2016 match after profitable all three of their First Spherical matches. They had been the lone group to beat the West Indies on the 2016 match, defeating the eventual champions by six runs.