The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup returns on Sunday with no margin for error for the eight nations who are taking part in the first round
ISLAMABAD, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 15th Oct, 2021 ) :The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup returns on Sunday with no margin for error for the eight nations who are taking part in the first round.
Waiting in the wings are a further eight sides who will be keen to hit the ground running in the Super 12s.
They will be joined by the winners of Group B in the first round one of Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea or Scotland as well as the runners-up from Group A, in which Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka will do battle.
With just two places available for the semi-finals, and six teams who will fancy their chances of making it, every match should be a thriller.
And in 2021 they will take another step by qualifying automatically for the Super 12s by virtue of their world ranking.
That means the team spearheaded by Rashid Khan, the ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Decade, and Mohammad Nabi, who tops the ICC MRF Tyres T20I all-rounders rankings, will now be dreaming of a first qualification for the semi-finals.
Aged just 17, he took 11 wickets and bowled expertly in tandem with Nabi, who was the only person to take more wickets than him in the tournament.
A return could be on the cards if they hit their straps, with head coach Ravi Shastri selecting a squad crammed with world-class stars, while the conditions are likely to be similar to those found at home.
Virat Kohli was named Player of the Tournament in 2016 after averaging 136.50 from five innings and the 32-year-old will captain India this time around, as they hope to emulate West Indies and become two-time winners.
India beat Pakistan in the 2007 Final and meet them again in the opening game here.
In June, they became the first-ever World Test champions by beating India at the Hampshire Bowl, while they narrowly lost in the final of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to England in a Super Over.
Led by world-class batter Kane Williamson, New Zealand‘s squad contains plenty of familiar Names, including the likes of fast bowlers Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult and opener Martin Guptill. With eight players aged over 30, they are also one of the most experienced.
New Zealand’s record at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup leaves plenty to be desired, with two semi-final appearances from six tournaments. They first reached the last four in the inaugural competition in 2007, where they lost to Pakistan by six wickets, and then again last time out in 2016, where they went down to England by seven wickets.
To further underline their status as one of the premier T20 nations, Pakistan reached the semi-finals at each of the next two tournaments in 2010 and 2012 and will be keen to return to the business end once more.
Ranked third in the world, they have the squad to do so under captain Babar Azam. They boast one of just three players at the entire tournament aged 40 and over in Mohammad Hafeez but only three others are over 30 in a young squad that is packed with talent.