England hope to upset the big two
The postponed 2020 T20 World Cup is set to get underway from Oman and UAE starting October 17. The initial few matches will see the qualifiers for the Super 12 where eight teams have already booked their places. India, England, South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, and Pakistan are already in the Super 12 phase. Four other teams will join them there.
Eight teams are split into two groups of four each with the top two from either group going through to join the other eight teams.
Group A: Ireland, Nambia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka
Group B: Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland
Five days of action will see 12 games played in the qualifiers at the end of which the top two from each group join the other eight (already divided into two groups of four teams each).
Group 1 and Group 2
Group 1 has Australia, England, West Indies and South Africa.
Group 2 has India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and New Zealand.
Who are the favourites?
On paper, India and West Indies have the strongest teams. India have gotten themselves accustomed to the conditions in UAE after playing an entire Indian Premier League season in 2020 and half of another season (still going on). On the other hand, West Indies have a plethora of big hitters capable of clearing any boundary and bat really deep.
Who is a dark horse to win the title?
England are the No.1 ranked T20I side in the world and arguably have the best batting in the world. However, the conditions in UAE are in stark contrast to those in England, where they have been most dominant. That said, England are still one of the best T20I units in the world and have odds of 4.10 to win the title.
Pakistan is the other team to watch out for. Having made UAE their de facto home for quite a while now, Pakistan are familiar with the conditions, and have experienced players to help them surprise quite a few teams. They have odds of 9.75 to win the title.
Keep an eye on…
Afghanistan: They aren’t the strongest team in their group and have odds of 51.00 to win the title. But they can cause a few upsets in the group and mess up the chances of other teams. Their spin attack makes Afghanistan a potent side.
South Africa: South Africa could have been one of the favourites for this tournament had they just picked their strongest squad. Instead, they have several players who aren’t in the final squad for different reasons. They have odds of 12.90 to win the title.