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The males’s T20 World Cup – Covid-postponed and moved from India to the United Arab Emirates and Oman – kicked off on Sunday afternoon when Scotland tickled massive minnows Bangladesh into submission and Oman thrashed Papua New Guinea.

England’s involvement will begin at the Super 12 stage of the event, after they tackle the defending champions West Indies on Saturday. The different Super 12 teams are Australia, South Africa, Afghanistan, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, plus the prime two qualifiers in every group of the preliminary spherical, which takes place this week.

At the finish of the Super 12s (every nation will play 5 video games, towards the different teams of their group), the winners and runners-up in Groups One and Two will progress to the semi-finals. The last will happen on 14 November in Dubai, with the champions taking dwelling a hefty $1.6m.

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Group One

Australia

Coach Justin Langer Captain Aaron Finch

World T20 greatest Runners-up 2010

Desperate for a primary males’s T20 World Cup trophy, Australia aren’t precisely bouncing into the competitors. The workforce’s final Twenty20 collection win was in South Africa in 2019-20 – they’ve misplaced 5 in a row since then, whereas the authorities’s dealing with of the Covid pandemic has made journey and consequently aggressive cricket problematic, even domestically. Steve Smith, who has been affected by an elbow damage, has not performed a T20 worldwide this yr, whereas David Warner pulls on the canary yellow on the again of a depressing IPL expertise during which he scored 0 and a couple of in his two innings earlier than being dropped. Keep a watch on Glenn Maxwell, for pyrotechnics with the bat, sensible fielding and helpful off-spin.

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England

Coach Chris Silverwood Captain Eoin Morgan

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With 12 squad members of their 30s and solely Tom Curran youthful than 28, England aren’t messing about: that is their time (besides presumably subsequent yr in Australia, when this competitors bizarrely pops up once more). The world’s No 1-ranked workforce will not be fairly at full power as a consequence of the absences of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, heroes of the 2019 50-over World Cup last, however there may be loads of competitors for locations with Liam Livingstone and Tymal Mills hoping to make an impression. Eoin Morgan has simply warmed up for the competitors by main Kolkata Knight Riders to the Indian Premier League last, even when he didn’t ignite the competitors with the bat. The lack of spin choices to again up Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali may very well be an issue.

England players during the warm-up with India.
England gamers throughout the warm-up with India. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/ICC/Getty Images

South Africa

Coach Mark Boucher Captain Temba Bavuma

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South Africa sit in mid-table in the ICC T20 rankings, and haven’t helped their trigger by leaving out Faf du Plessis – who proceeded to display his continued excellence at the IPL. Depending in your viewpoint they both come into the event in good kind (9 wins in 10) or utterly undercooked, with six of these video games towards Ireland and Sri Lanka. Their bowling lacks worldwide T20 expertise, however an on-song Kagiso Rabada ought to by no means be underestimated; and Quinton du Kock stays certainly one of the world’s most damaging batsmen. South African cricket has lately been rocked by racism allegations from Paul Adams, Ashwell Prince and others. Social Justice and Nation Building hearings had been set up by Cricket South Africa, which led to the coach, Mark Boucher, admitting to traditionally singing racist songs along with his teammates. He stored his job.

West Indies

Coach Phil Simmons Captain Kieron Pollard

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Only a idiot would guess towards the ninth-ranked West Indies successful their third T20 World Cup – they’re already the solely workforce to have gained a couple of. England’s reminiscences of the 2016 contest are endlessly tainted by Carlos Brathwaite hitting Ben Stokes for 4 consecutive sixes in the last over to clinch the title – and it feels as if they’ll all the time pull this kind of loopy stunt out of the bag when it issues. Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell plunder assaults for enjoyable, whereas additionally contributing with the ball, whereas Nicholas Pooran has one other likelihood to shine on the world stage along with his extra elegant rapier. It was for good cause that Rashid Khan stated that the Afghan individuals’s favorite white-ball workforce was West Indies.

Group Two

Afghanistan

Coach Lance Klusener Captain Mohammad Nabi

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It goes with out saying that Afghanistan’s preparations for the event have been tough, however so as to add to the common sense of chaos and confusion they appointed Rashid Khan as T20 captain in July and he resigned in September, minutes after the announcement of a World Cup squad he had not been consulted on. The old-timer Mohammad Nabi has changed him, with Andy Flower, who coached England to victory in 2010, introduced in as marketing consultant. Their world-class spin assault – leggies Rashid Khan and Qais Ahmad plus the thriller spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman – might should do quite a lot of work to make up for deficiencies in different areas.

India

Coach Ravi Shastri Captain Virat Kohli

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This might be Virat Kohli’s last event as India’s T20 captain earlier than he steps down to prioritise Test and one-day worldwide cricket, and if opponents had been to worry only one factor it will be Kohli’s will to win – simply ask England about their expertise at the Lord’s Test earlier this yr. There is, after all, loads extra for opposition teams to worry in the No 2 ranked workforce: together with the energy of Rohit Sharma, the youthful fizz of the irrepressible Rishabh Pant, the incision of Jasprit Bumrah and Kohli himself, though he’s with out a global century for almost two years. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja head up the spin assault, bolstered by the younger weapons Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy.

Virat Kohli is looking to bow out as India’s Twenty20 captain on a high
Virat Kohli is trying to bow out as India’s Twenty20 captain on a excessive. Photograph: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand

Coach Gary Stead Captain Kane Williamson

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Underestimate them at your peril. Glenn Phillips is the prime six-hitter in Twenty20 cricket this yr – the outcome, he says, of an intensive health programme that features at the very least 500 press-ups a day. Trent Boult and Tim Southee, backed up by Kyle Jamieson and Lockie Ferguson, make a fizzing seam assault, add in respectable spinners, the expertise of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson’s cat-like calm and talent to squeeze runs out of a stone, and also you’ve received your self a celebration. The opening fixture towards Pakistan will carry a bit of additional spice following the cancellation of the Black Caps’ pre-tournament tour.

Pakistan

Coach Saqlain Mushtaq (unconfirmed) Captain Babar Azam

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Before leaving dwelling the squad had a gathering with Imran Khan, who suggested them to “become a strong team and work on taking wickets”. Pakistan know what a robust workforce seems to be like – between the begin of November 2017 and the finish of May 2020 they had been ranked No 1 in the world for all however 28 days – however the crown has slipped to such an extent that they lately misplaced a collection to England’s second XI. Misbah-ul-Haq has since stepped down as head coach – Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander, unexpectedly, might be aiding Saqlain Mushtaq in the UAE – and there are hopes of a momentum shift. Expect Shaheen Shah Afridi to be certainly one of the event’s stars.

The qualifiers

Eight teams are battling it out this week for the 4 remaining spots in the Super 12. These embrace Test nations – Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (the 2014 champions) – and Papua New Guinea and Namibia, who’re enjoying of their first T20 World Cup. Scotland and Ireland each have a fairly good likelihood of qualifying from their respective teams: Ireland face Group A’s Namibia, the Netherlands (who they defeated of their opener on Monday) and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah; whereas Scotland be a part of Bangladesh (who they beat on Sunday), Oman and Papua New Guinea in Group B, whose matches are being performed in Muscat.

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