28/02/2024

Former T20 World Cup winners West Indies is one of eight countries vying for a spot in the Super 12. (Photo: ICC Cricket)

Group A will consist of Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and UAE. Group B will consist of Ireland, Scotland, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The T20 World Cup is back once again. Eight countries will go against each other vying for two spots in the Super 12 stage of the World Cup. This is the best XI the countries have to offer.

Pool A:

Namibia

Namibia made it to the Super 12 last World Cup by delivering dominating performances in the group stage. Put back into the same predicament, it is looking to make it two from two.

The nation proved to the rest of the world how good it is and why it is a force to be reckoned with. Having a squad with both young and experienced players has helped transform Namibia into a consistent team with the bat and ball.

Who to keep an eye on: David Wiese (with the bat) and Ruben Trumpelmann (with the ball)

Netherlands

The dark horses of the group stage have proved themselves in the lead-up to the World Cup. This included nearly beating New Zealand on multiple occasions, pushing it to the limit. The Netherlands always seem to play well against tough opposition, but struggle against easier opponents.

If they are to qualify for the Super 12, they need to make sure this doesn’t stand. Pulling off one of the biggest upsets in T20 World Cup history defeating England in 2009, in a tough group, they will be looking to deliver the same result just like they did to England all those years ago.

Who to keep an eye on: Tom Cooper (with the bat) and Timm van der Gugten (with the ball)

Sri Lanka

After winning the T20 World Cup in 2014, Sri Lanka went on a downhill spiral after legends Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan retired. It failed to find the right squad, but it seems like that has now changed.

Sri Lanka will come into the tournament with full confidence after being crowned champions of the 2022 Asia Cup. Their win was due to a magnificent series by Wanindu Hasaranga.

Considered one of the best T20 bowlers, he improved his batting skill to become one of the best all-rounders in the world. If Sri Lanka is to go far, Hasaranga is going to have to deliver in every match.

Who to keep an eye on: Kusal Mendis (with the bat) and Wanindu Hasaranga (with the ball)

United Arab Emirates

After an eight year wait, the UAE are back competing at the T20 World Cup. Although they lack experience, it has never stopped them before from producing surprises. Unfortunately, they come into the tournament on bad form.

This includes losses to Bangladesh and Hong Kong. The World Cup is never short of producing shock moments, and them receiving a win will be one for the history books.

Who to keep an eye on: Muhammed Waseem (with the bat) and Junaid Siddique (with the ball)

The T20 World Cup schedule. (Photo: ICC Cricket)

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Pool B

Ireland

The regulars of the group stage have only made it to the Super 12 stage once in their history. Aiming for the second time, they just made it to the competition finishing second in the global qualifiers.

Only winning one game in the previous World Cup, they will only need one more to gain qualification into the Super 12.

There may not be any players with the surname O’Brien, but household name Paul Stirling is looking to lead the team with the bat. Other players need to be inspired if they are to make it further in the tournament.

Who to keep an eye on: Paul Stirling (with the bat) and Mark Adair (with the ball)

Scotland

Having only played two T20 games since the 2021 World Cup, Scotland has relied heavily on one-day cricket. It will need to adjust quickly to the different form if the nation is to make it into the Super 12.

Whether or not the Scots make it, the World Cup will provide the squad with good experience going against tougher opposition than what they are use to.

Who to keep an eye on: Richie Berrington (with the bat) and Mark Watt (with the ball)

West Indies

The two-time T20 World Cup champions haven’t been in the best form in the lead up to the World Cup. Normally being apart of the Super 12 straight away, they will have to qualify for it this time round.

They will be without heroes Carlos Braithwaite, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Chris Gayle as a new-look team takes charge, trying to make their own history. Under the guidance of Jason Holder, the squad can be expected to provide plenty of highlights throughout the tournament.

Who to keep an eye on: Nicholas Pooran (with the bat) and Akeal Hosein (with the ball)

Zimbabwe

During the global qualifiers, Zimbabwe dominated teams, scoring over 200 in multiple games. Even when the batters failed to do their job, the bowlers stepped up and took control of the game. Against tougher opposition, the nation will hope the batters and bowlers can perform to perfection on the same day.

They are always a hope to qualify for the Super 12, but will have to pull off some surprising results this time around to get there.

Who to keep an eye on: Sikandar Raza (with the bat) and Wellington Masakadza (with the ball)

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