The captains of teams participating in the Men’s T20 World Cup. ICC/22101632
Cricket analyst Rahul Patil is off to Australia as an accredited media professional to cover the Men’s T20 World Cup. With less than a week left for the main draw of the tournament to begin Patil previews all the participating teams and their chances in the tournament.
main draw of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 kicks off this Friday (Cook
Islands time) with 16 nations descending on Australia to battle it out for the
ultimate prize. For some teams, this will be the start of their quest for World
Cup glory but for others, it will be the culmination of what has already been a
long journey. Here’s how all the teams have made it to Australia.
the host nation, Australia automatically qualified for this year’s edition.
They will go in search of history on home soil and aim to become the first team
ever to retain the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup trophy. Rahul’s Prediction – Semifinalists from Group 1.
automatic qualifier, England’s semi-final exit in 2021 was enough to ensure
they’d have another crack this time around. The 2010 champions also reached the
final in 2016, where they narrowly lost to the West Indies, and they will be
hoping to avenge the disappointment of one year ago. Rahul’s Prediction – Semifinalists from Group 1.
top 11 teams from the previous ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualify automatically
for the next edition, with the top eight entering at the Super 12 stage. New
Zealand automatically qualified by reaching the final last year and will now
hope to turn over a new leaf in ICC major event finals. Rahul’s Prediction – Third place in Group 1.
2014 champions qualified automatically for the 2022 iteration thanks to their
fourth-place finish in Group 1 of the 2021 Super 12 stage. It was enough to
ensure that the Lions would be back again, where they must once more navigate
the First Round and they will hope to do so with the same aplomb as they did
last time. Rahul’s Prediction – Fourth
place in group 1.
booked their place in Australia automatically as one of the top eight sides
from the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. A Super 12 spot gives them a good
platform to try to reach the semi-finals for the first time. Rahul’s Prediction – Fifth place in group 1.
booked their spot in Australia with a second-place finish in the ICC Men’s T20
World Cup Global Qualifier A. While defeat to the United Arab Emirates may have
denied Ireland the trophy, they ensured a sixth participation in the event. Rahul’s Prediction – Will compete with
Zimbabwe to qualify for the Super 12. If they qualify, they will finish in 6th
place in Group 1.
37-run victory over the Netherlands in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B
felt like a seminal moment for a country that has had a tough time at the
crease in recent years, but have now bounced back in style with qualification
to the World Cup. Rahul’s Prediction - Will
compete with Ireland to qualify for the Super 12. If they do qualify, they will
finish in 6th place in Group 1.
Proteas agonisingly missed out on a place in the semi-finals last year, but
they comfortably ensured a place on the starting line in Australia. South
Africa have never won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals on
two occasions - in 2009 and 2014 - before losing to Pakistan and India
respectively. Rahul’s Prediction –
Semifinalists from Group 2.
finished third in their group last year and missed out on the semi-finals but
it was still enough to automatically ensure their return to the ICC Men’s T20
World Cup. Defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand condemned India to a Super 12 exit
last year, but they’ll be more motivated than ever to put that right in
Australia. Rahul’s Prediction –
Semifinalists from Group 2.
spine-tingling run to the semi-finals in 2021 booked their place in Australia
for 2022. They won all five of their group stage games for their best result
since 2012 and will hope to keep up the momentum in search of a first title
since 2009. Rahul’s Prediction – Third
place in Group 2.
only side ever to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup twice, it didn’t click for
the West Indies in the UAE and Oman as they finished fifth in Group 1. It saw
them qualify for Australia, but they will have to negotiate the First Round to
take a run at a third title. Rahul’s
Prediction – Fourth place in group 2.
finished bottom of Group 1 with five defeats and a top eight finish means
Bangladesh have a chance to make amends, starting at the Super 12 stage. They’ll
have to overcome India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa among others to reach the
knockout stages. Rahul’s Prediction –
Fifth place in group 2.
booked their tickets to Australia with second place in the ICC Men’s T20 World
Cup Global Qualifier B. A seven-wicket win over the USA in the semi-final
ensured they’d be back for the 2022 edition after a challenging 2021 campaign. Rahul’s Prediction – Should qualify for the
Super 12. But then will finish in 6th place in Group 2.
finished fifth in Group 2 in 2021, enough to automatically qualify for this
year’s competition in Australia as one of the ninth to 12th placed teams. A win
against Scotland at the Super 12 stage put the shine on an already terrific
maiden campaign for Namibia, and they will be back again in Australia looking
to build on their maiden appearance.
Rahul’s Prediction – Will struggle to make it through to the Super 12 stage.
booked their place at the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after topping their
group in the First Round of the 2021 edition. An impressive six-run victory
over Bangladesh meant they finished ahead of the Tigers, as both progressed to
the Super 12 ahead of Oman and Papua New Guinea. Rahul’s Prediction – Will struggle to make it to the Super 12 stage.
United Arab Emirates
playing host in 2021, the UAE ensured they’d be getting in on the action in
2022 with victory in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier A. Victory
over Nepal in the semi-final made sure that the UAE would be at their first T20
World Cup since 2015, before adding the gloss with victory in the final over
Ireland. Rahul’s Prediction – Will
struggle to make it through to the Super 12 stage.