World Twenty20 2014 October 27, 2013

Hosts Bangladesh effectively have to qualify for World T20

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Bangladesh will have to play the opening round of next year's World Twenty20, which is effectively a qualifying round for the Super 10 stage of the tournament. In the opening round, they will be grouped with three other Associate and Affiliate nations, who are yet to be determined - they will come through the qualifying tournament that will be played in the UAE starting mid-November.

As per the new format, by which the tournament is expanded to 16 teams, Zimbabwe, too, will have battle three non-Test playing nations to qualify. The top-eight sides on the ICC's T20 rankings as on October 8, 2012, have been given direct entry into the Super 10 stage.

Bangladesh open the tournament in Mirpur on March 16, against one of the Associate or Affiliate qualifiers. They also play two other first-round matches, in Chittagong, on March 18 and 20.

Some of the Bangladesh players have voiced their displeasure at the format, but on the occasion of the announcing of the schedule in Dhaka, captain Mushfiqur Rahim said his team will give it their "best shot" to be in the second round. "It [the format] is not really disappointing. We have to play the tournament. The rules and regulations can't be in our hands," Mushfiqur said. "We have to play very well because there will [be] some good teams. It is a new challenge, but if you're a cricketer you have to accept those challenges and get over it."

Bangladesh haven't progressed to the second round of the World T20 since the inaugural tournament in 2007, when they beat West Indies in their opening game and subsequently made it to the Super Eights. Mushfiqur is hoping it happens this time: "The boys are really keen to do it. We will give our best shot to get to the second round. We will have team goals. It is very important for us to get through the first round. In the Twenty20 format, no team is big.

"On the particular day, if you play better, you can beat any team. We are focusing on the first stage as of now. We haven't done it [qualified to the second round] in the last few times but these are our conditions. Support will be strong for us."

Campbell Jamieson, ICC general manager - commercial, who was present at the announcement, said that it was a cricketing decision, rather than a commercial one, to put Bangladesh in the first round. The ICC would love to see them go far in the tournament, like previous hosts in recent global events, he said. "It was purely a cricketing decision. The schedule put forward is based on rankings at the end of the 2012 World Twenty20.

"With any sporting event in the world, it is great for the event if the host nation goes all the way to the final. The ICC has been fortunate in recent times with both India [World Cup 2011] and Sri Lanka [World T20 2012), where both host nations made it to the final. In the Champions Trophy this year, England made it to the final. It is up to the Bangladesh team to make it through to the final. It is in their hands. I am sure that if they perform on the day, they have the ability to do what the others have done before them."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • BARFI on October 31, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @ Syeda Tasmia Tahia: Statistically means? What Stat are you talking about? Writing Stat and then saying its good for BD or Zim does not mean anything. Statistics shows a trend and this format is new and there is nothing stat is there except for win and lose and number of games played. BD and Zim does not play that much. So, I don't understand what statistically means.

  • on October 29, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Funnily enough, statistically, it is the best format for BD: BD had a brief spell of being no 4 in the T20I rankings! :D that being said, if BD expect to lay a claim on any big ICC cups, then this is their best shot, mainly because logically, this format supports Bangladesh's heady shot-playing, and the home-ground advantage also helps, but also, from a team perspective, this is the best team BD has had in history (and we excuse Ashraful from the best equation as for all too well known reasons). Also, Mushi is a very potent and ambitious captain, and if the whole unit can play upto their potential and keep believing themselves as the fans do (great things happen when BD boys believe in themselves;think about how tamim powered us made everyone forget the 194* by Charles Coventry and how BD won in the Asia Cup match against India, despite Sir Sachin's 100th 100).

    Great things will happen if the boys manage to get far in this tournament, as that could start the next era of BD cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    This is a great achievement for international cricket which will allow 96 international teams greater chance of qualifying for the Super Tens. However the qualification for T20I rankings should be based on the previous (two year old) T20I World Cup and not meaningless rankings. Similar at 2014 T20I World Cup, any team that gets into the top four places in their group should qualify for the 2016 T20I World Cup and not be required to go through the current qualification process. A team that is makes it to the final eight teams should get auto-qualification regardless where they first started in the rankings. This would give incentives for teams to compete for 3rd and 4th spots in the group. Additionally, they could look at reducing the auto-qualification for 2016 to six teams for second round and increase auto-qualification for first round to six teams, with four qualifiers. This means if a team finishes second in their first round group in 2014 they will qualify for round one in 2016.

  • Khaum09 on October 29, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I think this is a good format. Meaningless fixtures will be cut and it will be great TV viewing. It's kind of two tournaments in one. In first half we will be able to see some cracking T20 matches between lesser powerful sides. I have not followed Bangladeshi cricket much but i think they have good chance of qualifying and actually gives great warm up for their team. They have some great hitters and actually good spin bowling options which will suit them in their conditions and we all know how passionate their supporters are. So Bangladeshi fans why whine, cherish this opportunity to showcase your country and ppl. Don't be desperate for respect; it will come with time and good performances. But truth is, Bangladesh has long way to go yet to even compete with big boys. one or two good performances doesn't earn respect. Best of luck to Bangladesh, have a cracker of tournament and win it.

  • reyme on October 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @ legaleagle: your team just lost by an inning and got bowled out under 100. We think ICC should replace your team with AFG and IRE. I wonder which team is world famous for spot fixing and ball tempering thus taking the popularity of cricket down to the lowest level of sports..and destroying cricket at the same time. Shame.

  • reyme on October 29, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    There we go again! Another BD news three and here comes known BD bashers. These are known common BD haters. They disappear when they see BD success such as when BD wins series against WI or draws series in Srilanka, almost wins Asia Cup after beating IND, SL. They won't anything when BD becomes terrible umpiring victims. They have no idea how BD lost a well deserved Test at Multan against PAK due to ball tempering and highly biased umpiring. But yes, if somehow BD scores below 300 in any inning, or lose an ODI, they will scream their hearts out about BD test status. Winning some games against lowly associates does not make IRE or AFG better than BD. There's 2 teams never won any series against BD, ever. BD actually beat AFG in T20 in Asian Olympics. It is the haters job to criticize BD no matter how good they perform. We just need to ignore these ignorant and narrow minded haters.

  • BARFI on October 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    ICC should be ashamed of what they are doing as a governing body of Cricket. No wonder why baseball is popular in Japan. USA and Canada because it does not have so called TEST match. The idea of TEST match is flawed. Hey Monarchy is long gone! Grow up buddy! It's not a game of Kings anymore cause peasants like BD and ZIM are playing. That's how ICC view lower ranked nations. Associate team development. IRELAND deserves to be there but why they are not yet selected yet . Ask ICC.

  • BARFI on October 29, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Mahbubur Rahman Khan: Where are you from Buddy? From Bangladesh or Zim. Looking at your facebook page looks like BD. ICC did not put BD there. Yes you are right but do you realize why all of a sudden a ranking system was developed. It was developed only to discriminate full status test playing nation who are at the bottom. Do you think Afghan and IRE just by playing lots of qualifying match and winning with team like Nepal, Canada, etc. should be on top of either ZIM or BD? This is a flawed system. There is no way you should be mixing Associate ranking with Test Playing Nations Ranking. If you think that's legit then whole IDEA of Test Playing nation is at stake. I personally don't mind it. But do you think Australia has time to play those nation in their busy schedule. Again the whole game of cricket is in trouble only because ENG and AUS and other top nations (ICC) did not want that many teams to begin with. Have some respect about BD and ZIM. They deserve to be there!

  • Kazi_Rajib on October 29, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @Legaleagle: Sorry to say, you have no idea about Bangladesh cricket lovers. They are passionate about cricket. Only that's why Bangladesh was successful to host knockout tournament (mini WC) in 1998 where Bangladesh was not participated. So Bangladesh is part those who are makes cricket most popular. Empty crowd cricket at Bangladesh? No way! I invite you, please come at Bangladesh & watch how much we love cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Why automatically chosen the number top 8. As because 7 & 8 no are Aus & NZ.

  • BARFI on October 31, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @ Syeda Tasmia Tahia: Statistically means? What Stat are you talking about? Writing Stat and then saying its good for BD or Zim does not mean anything. Statistics shows a trend and this format is new and there is nothing stat is there except for win and lose and number of games played. BD and Zim does not play that much. So, I don't understand what statistically means.

  • on October 29, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Funnily enough, statistically, it is the best format for BD: BD had a brief spell of being no 4 in the T20I rankings! :D that being said, if BD expect to lay a claim on any big ICC cups, then this is their best shot, mainly because logically, this format supports Bangladesh's heady shot-playing, and the home-ground advantage also helps, but also, from a team perspective, this is the best team BD has had in history (and we excuse Ashraful from the best equation as for all too well known reasons). Also, Mushi is a very potent and ambitious captain, and if the whole unit can play upto their potential and keep believing themselves as the fans do (great things happen when BD boys believe in themselves;think about how tamim powered us made everyone forget the 194* by Charles Coventry and how BD won in the Asia Cup match against India, despite Sir Sachin's 100th 100).

    Great things will happen if the boys manage to get far in this tournament, as that could start the next era of BD cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    This is a great achievement for international cricket which will allow 96 international teams greater chance of qualifying for the Super Tens. However the qualification for T20I rankings should be based on the previous (two year old) T20I World Cup and not meaningless rankings. Similar at 2014 T20I World Cup, any team that gets into the top four places in their group should qualify for the 2016 T20I World Cup and not be required to go through the current qualification process. A team that is makes it to the final eight teams should get auto-qualification regardless where they first started in the rankings. This would give incentives for teams to compete for 3rd and 4th spots in the group. Additionally, they could look at reducing the auto-qualification for 2016 to six teams for second round and increase auto-qualification for first round to six teams, with four qualifiers. This means if a team finishes second in their first round group in 2014 they will qualify for round one in 2016.

  • Khaum09 on October 29, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I think this is a good format. Meaningless fixtures will be cut and it will be great TV viewing. It's kind of two tournaments in one. In first half we will be able to see some cracking T20 matches between lesser powerful sides. I have not followed Bangladeshi cricket much but i think they have good chance of qualifying and actually gives great warm up for their team. They have some great hitters and actually good spin bowling options which will suit them in their conditions and we all know how passionate their supporters are. So Bangladeshi fans why whine, cherish this opportunity to showcase your country and ppl. Don't be desperate for respect; it will come with time and good performances. But truth is, Bangladesh has long way to go yet to even compete with big boys. one or two good performances doesn't earn respect. Best of luck to Bangladesh, have a cracker of tournament and win it.

  • reyme on October 29, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @ legaleagle: your team just lost by an inning and got bowled out under 100. We think ICC should replace your team with AFG and IRE. I wonder which team is world famous for spot fixing and ball tempering thus taking the popularity of cricket down to the lowest level of sports..and destroying cricket at the same time. Shame.

  • reyme on October 29, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    There we go again! Another BD news three and here comes known BD bashers. These are known common BD haters. They disappear when they see BD success such as when BD wins series against WI or draws series in Srilanka, almost wins Asia Cup after beating IND, SL. They won't anything when BD becomes terrible umpiring victims. They have no idea how BD lost a well deserved Test at Multan against PAK due to ball tempering and highly biased umpiring. But yes, if somehow BD scores below 300 in any inning, or lose an ODI, they will scream their hearts out about BD test status. Winning some games against lowly associates does not make IRE or AFG better than BD. There's 2 teams never won any series against BD, ever. BD actually beat AFG in T20 in Asian Olympics. It is the haters job to criticize BD no matter how good they perform. We just need to ignore these ignorant and narrow minded haters.

  • BARFI on October 29, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    ICC should be ashamed of what they are doing as a governing body of Cricket. No wonder why baseball is popular in Japan. USA and Canada because it does not have so called TEST match. The idea of TEST match is flawed. Hey Monarchy is long gone! Grow up buddy! It's not a game of Kings anymore cause peasants like BD and ZIM are playing. That's how ICC view lower ranked nations. Associate team development. IRELAND deserves to be there but why they are not yet selected yet . Ask ICC.

  • BARFI on October 29, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Mahbubur Rahman Khan: Where are you from Buddy? From Bangladesh or Zim. Looking at your facebook page looks like BD. ICC did not put BD there. Yes you are right but do you realize why all of a sudden a ranking system was developed. It was developed only to discriminate full status test playing nation who are at the bottom. Do you think Afghan and IRE just by playing lots of qualifying match and winning with team like Nepal, Canada, etc. should be on top of either ZIM or BD? This is a flawed system. There is no way you should be mixing Associate ranking with Test Playing Nations Ranking. If you think that's legit then whole IDEA of Test Playing nation is at stake. I personally don't mind it. But do you think Australia has time to play those nation in their busy schedule. Again the whole game of cricket is in trouble only because ENG and AUS and other top nations (ICC) did not want that many teams to begin with. Have some respect about BD and ZIM. They deserve to be there!

  • Kazi_Rajib on October 29, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    @Legaleagle: Sorry to say, you have no idea about Bangladesh cricket lovers. They are passionate about cricket. Only that's why Bangladesh was successful to host knockout tournament (mini WC) in 1998 where Bangladesh was not participated. So Bangladesh is part those who are makes cricket most popular. Empty crowd cricket at Bangladesh? No way! I invite you, please come at Bangladesh & watch how much we love cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Why automatically chosen the number top 8. As because 7 & 8 no are Aus & NZ.

  • BARFI on October 29, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    @ Legaleagle "Bangladesh's abject performance actually makes cricket unpopular". So, you wrote a paper on that buddy? How do you know that. I am guessing your from Pakistan who cannot play in their own land or India, who mostly win in their land. Having said that Pak and India both are great but that does not mean than BD or ZIM are worse. Who created that ranking system? You know it works by calculating number of match played and win or lose. Well BD is not playing that much and not winning also cause we are not playing much. Hypothetically if we become no 1 and number 9 and 10 are India and Pak or Aus and NZ. Do you think ICC will create special rule as they are the father and god father of cricket.

  • WorldWideCricket on October 28, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @ ALL: Whoever is comparing BD's T20 ranking with AFG/IRE rating has to understand that BD have been playing T20 matches against giant TEST Playing nations who are far far better than BD, on the other hand AFG did not play a single T20I match against those same giant TEST Playing nations. They have been playing games against IRE and other lower ranked associates. IRE is also in same boat as AFG. They too have been playing T2o games against AFG and other lower ranked associates. So this comparison is not fair at all. Let AFG and IRE play with giant team, and then we will see where they stand. Just dont discuss this matter from hatred, put some logic, sure you all are better than that. Thank you.

  • WorldWideCricket on October 28, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Legaleagle: Why only BD's bad performacne is making cricket so unpopular? Why the so called "TOP 8"'s performance is not making cricket so "Popular"? Do you think in last 10-15 years, popularity of cricket declined?

  • i_amVIVA on October 28, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    this is an insult for BD. ICC don't learn from the success of WCFootball, where SA last hosted and played. No wonder Football prospers, and Cricket stays limited to the Great 8 or 10 for past, present and unforseen future. Great job ICC, you are the architect of limiting Cricket within merely handful of nations for years, and for years to come!

  • Masking_Tape on October 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    It better be a regular thing from now on. They better not change this rule when England or India is at the bottom of the rankings.

  • on October 28, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    I don't think it's disappointing as of now. It will be if Bangladesh can't cross the hurdle of the qualifying round. And I am very much in favor of this formation. If Bangladesh were in top 8 they wouldn't have to go through the qualifying stage. ICC didn't put them on the position they are now. One win in the last 4 tournaments against a big team speaks itself of how far behind we are from the rulers of this format. We should be happy that we are getting the chance of playing more cricket than the top teams and that too in our home soil. Had Bangladesh been given the chance of playing straight they still would have to win to progress to the next round. So, what's the difference. The equation is simple.

  • Legaleagle on October 28, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    This is a great decision from ICC. Bangladesh's abject performance actually makes cricket unpopular. Its good that they are being asked to qualify. And BD fans need not worry about empty stands, there will be plenty of people from all other better playing countries to support their team. Besides real money comes from broadcast rights and not from stadium attendance.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 28, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    @Kazi: Bro may be lot of us thinking like that because our team have to go through the qualifying round but this groups were made by considering the ranking of 2012 and Aus, NZ wasn't no 7-8 back than. As I said this is entirely BCB's fault for not having T20 matches because they knew this is how this World Cup gonna be. if we were no 7-8 we could've avoided it. Anyway as I said Bangladesh shouldn't mind going through Qualifying round. We believe our team is a good team and if they are really good than they should be able to beat the associates and if they fail to do so than they dont deserve to play WC.

  • Kazi_Rajib on October 28, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @asiacricket1234, why not you consider top 6 team will directly play super 10 & for rest of four ICC can arrange qualifying round. Why automatically chosen the number top 8. As because 7 & 8 no are Aus & NZ.

  • on October 28, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I think we should seriously consider the talent of Bangladesh. If you remember Sri Lanka was ever worst team than Bangladesh before they won the World Cup. How can Bangladesh show their talent if not given a chance to show.

  • masud69 on October 28, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    It is understandable ICC considered top 8 teams are better T/20 teams than BD,ZIM or other associates. I am wondering what will happen if any of the associate team make it to the 2nd round and beat any of the top 8 ICC ranking team. What ICC will say then. Will they change the format for next T/20 world cup? BD supporters are feeling bad only because they are the HOST nation.

  • BARFI on October 28, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    BD should decline to host this 20/20. BD should have some self respect.

  • BARFI on October 28, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @ra_tokyo. Are you seriously from BD. Have some self respect man. BD if its a test playing nation then why they have to play qualifiers. Why they have to create schedule to play with the associates only. They should be stripped of their test status then. Why not other top countries play with the Top 4 associates. Does it really bother them. Is it all about money then why again BD is playing qualifiers. We make more money than a test match between England and Australia. Look at their grounds. Empty Mostly!

  • BARFI on October 28, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    It is sad for me to say but ICC should be abolished. There should be Zones. Europe - America - Africa - Australia and NZ - Asia. Oh now lets see what we have from Asia. Oh. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. OMG they are good. And BD and Afghanistan too. No No we have to keep them away. ICC don't have any vision don't know how to manage even. Let alone making this one Global! Test between 25 countries think about it 5 days. It is not possible. So the game of Cricket itself does not have vision. Be progressive. Test should be only limited to countries who wants to play it. Outside of ICC. Then one day should be abolished. Only 20/20 should stay/ In addition there could be 10/10 matches.

  • BARFI on October 28, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Qualification is not the issue. The format is the issue. Making only Top 8 to play in the final round is outrageous. What's wrong with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. If they have the full test status then they must be in the Top 10. What is all up with that ranking. Why the ranked 7 and 8 are safe. Why to bottom 5 Play also with the associate nations. If you want to help the associate then you should better think that way. Not just creating a system to alienate ZIM and BD.

  • on October 28, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    well i think this is unfair not only for BD but also all other qualifiers.. being an indian and a cricket enthusias, they should have taken into consideration the effort of BD,ZIMBABWE and other qualifiers.. and if there is such nonsense goin on.. BCB and other associate nations must take strong revolt against this #supportfromanindian

  • ra_tokyo on October 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Bangladesh, if qualifies, will have some serious warm-up matches which should do them good. Being a Bangladeshi, I think it is being fair to other associates that we do not qualify directly: for this, we only have to blame ourselves for not doing well in our IRE-SCOT-NETHERLAND tour. Anyway, 16 teams in 4 groups, then knockout would have been much better.

  • CrICkeeet on October 28, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Afghanistan is the only team that might have a chance to qualify among the non test playing nations. Ireland is also good i dont think on a turny, low track they can make it...

  • FAB_ALI on October 28, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    So people want that out of 8 MINNOWS, BD gets direct qualification and other seven teams fight for just one place. Is that fair??? Ireland and Afghanistan are equally capable and deserve a shot at the qualification.

  • British_North_America on October 28, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Hameed Sheikh What is your basis for saying Afghanistan is better than Bangladesh?If you have that gut, host the tournament in your Pakistan which is 5 times bigger than Bangladesh.

  • dulabhai on October 28, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    I bet if the tournament was taking place in IRE, they would have automatically qualified. I wonder if that would have been a cricketing decision or commercial decision..

  • anupkeni on October 28, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    ICC World Twenty20 now has the same format as the Champions League Twenty20, where you have qualifying round, group/super 10 stage (where you have eight main teams+2 qualifiers), semi-finals (where the top two teams out of five from both the groups qualify) and the final (where the winners of the two semi-finals qualify).

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    @Hameed Sheikh you might be mistaken. There aren't 4 places available. There are only 2 places available and 18 nations including Bangladesh and Zimbabwe are fighting for it. I would give Bangladesh 80% chance to fill one of the 2 available spots not just because they are good but also that they host and will have the home advantage. Zimbabwe 60%, Ireland 40% and Afghanistan 20%. The efforts of all the remaining 14 teams will be in vein. This is what makes it ridiculous for associates to participate in.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    It is good and fair to set the same rules for qualifying nations to compete for the last 4 places.I am sure Ireland and Afghanistan teams are much better teams than Bangla Desh who are just enjoying the hospitality of stupid chairmen of Pakistan.It is quite fair to see for the world who are the top 4 qualifying nations.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Consider this. 16 Associate nations all fighting tooth and nil over 2 qualifying rounds just for the prospect of playing a single solitary match either against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. Maybe realistically only Ireland might have a 30% chance to make it through the format. Honestly if I were an associate nation chairman which is desperate for exposure, I wouldn't bother sending my team at all. Let the Elite ICC do what they want and the rest of us might have to establish our own ICC and make a rule that non of the current elite will be allowed to play in our own world cups.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Bangladesh deserve to have to qualify. The last time Bangladesh beat one of the major teams was West Indies back in October 2011. Since then the only teams they've beaten are Ireland, Netherlands and Zimbabwe. In that same period they've lost matches to Scotland, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies. If they really deserve to be there then they will make it through the qualifying rounds.

  • Dhumper on October 28, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    T20 is the ideal format to give associate countries exposure and a chance to learn and play at the actual World Cup not a qualifying tournament. To say that Bangladesh has to qualify when they are the host is Riducolous!! What's wrong with ICC?? Proper format would have been 16 teams divided into 4 groups - Bangladesh, Zim, Ireland and Afghanistan in different groups to have one good figting team in each group with top 8 to make it meaningful. The remaning 4 could have been Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya and UAE to give them exposure. Top 2 qualifies to quarter filnals and so forth. Is it really hard to come up with this format?

  • Masking_Tape on October 28, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    If you must have 8 automatic entry, host team should be one of them. That'd have been the smart way of doing it. Or top 5 + host team. And bottom 4 has to qualify with the A and A teams.

    ICC, it literally took me 2 sec to come up with this. It's not that hard to prevent a epic fail that's about to take place. I've seen Bangladesh sell out stadiums during last world cup when Bangladesh wasn't playing. Can't see that happening anywhere else. And this is how you repay them? Sorry B'desh, but I hope you guys don't make it so we can all laugh at ICC. This is also not very fair to the A and A teams. They have to qualify and then qualify again! Cricket will never be global.

  • Matadore on October 28, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @Jeneal Henry, This is NOT the question Ban r strong or not, The fact is they r host.. No matter it is AFG, IRE, NEPAL or JAPAN, a host team should play directly. In FIFA SA played nd QATAR in 2022 will play directly, no matter they r nt in any clear possition in stregnth 2 qualify or not...

  • Fahii on October 28, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Its not about good/bad decision, rule is rule.....if you are ranked below per level then you must have to qualify.....cheers

  • on October 28, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    ICC should take a the test status from bangladesh and zimbabwe.. that wouldn't be dumber than this...

    Really annoyed... Not because the fear that bangladesh wont qualify, but becoz its insulting... They will play in our country and we have to qualify!!!

    I think bangladesh should stand down and stop hosting this tourney...

  • i_amVIVA on October 28, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    I agree 100% with Fogu; this is nothing but to PROTECT the so called big eight. If they are so big, then why ICC needs to protect them? I fail to understand as of now. Will ICC explain this, - being a test playing nation and a host country, Bangladesh is not in the World T20? How quickly ICC forget the 2007, and in T20 any team - good or bad, can beat any other on their good day; and in the unfortunate event, if BD fail to go in the top 10, and the BD crowd reacts naturally, then ICC would have nothing but another flop waiting for them to happen. No wonder Cricket is such a localized game with very limited expansion, thanks to the ICC!

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 28, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    On principle, I do agree with the notion of letting direct entry to only the top 8 or whatever and let the rest go through a qualifier. However, I think FIFA's rule of direct entry to the hosts is the right way to go. So, allow the top n teams and the hosts direct entry and make the rest fight it out in a qualifier. That is probably the best way. Besides, I am not so sure that if the bottom two were anyone other than Zim and BD, ICC could have gone for it.

  • ferdous06 on October 27, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    other than the champion and the host every other team should go through the qualifying rounds.

  • jilon on October 27, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    This is really unacceptable.We are cricket loving nation and it is flowing with our blood.Specially I can forget my three days meal but i wont able to stop watching any cricket match played by Bangladesh.Once I lost my job because i could not attend office timely by watching Bangladesh cricket match.After long waiting now ICC is giving shocking news that Bangladesh has to play Qualifying round. My Question to all decisions makers in ICC that does it make any sense that being a test playing country and also a host has to play qualifying round??? T20 format any one can lose the match in anytime either it is top 8 or not. T20 is an entertaining game and and let play by 16 team. Suddenly before starting the tournament you are making the rule host has to play Qualifying. its a joke on us. they really underestimating Bangladesh cricket and some powerful cricket nations behind it. Wake-up ICC do something which will be acceptable for all cricket fans.

  • SirViv1973 on October 27, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    I think the overall format is an improvement on the old one. However since Ban have been chosen to host the event they should not have to qualify this time round. With Ire, afg & zim all likley to feature in the qualifiers & only 2 to go through to the main draw, there's a real chance Ban won't make it & that can only be bad for the tournament.

  • on October 27, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I'm very upset

  • Fogu on October 27, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    We know what this is. It is about protecting the big boys from being upset in the 1st round. I understand BCCI and others are scared of an upset hence the rule changes. So be it. Hopefully the two qualifiers will send some of the so called "big boys" home in the 1st round of the tournament. In my opinion, all sixteen teams should have a chance at the trophy. Decisions should be made in the interest of the game and not money or protection of big teams. Go Tigers!

  • on October 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    I think the Icc is well within its right to put Bangladesh in the qualifying round.. Have you seen the ICC Twenty20 ratings lately? Bangladesh is placed 11th behind Ireland and Afghanistan.. As a team Bangladesh hasn't played consistently good Twenty20 cricket in recent times so i say let them play the qualifying round. If they are good enough to qualify then i wish them the best of luck in the competition... >>> It doesn't matter that they are the host nation, this tournament is not about Bangladesh i.e. THIS IS A WORLD EVENT AND YOU IDEALLY WANT THE BEST TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CONTESTING THE MAIN DRAW!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    It is so irritating to hear about so called top 8 s !

  • on October 27, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I hope ICC soon make a great decision in the history of world cricket that the only and only host nation should play qualifying rounds !

    I am afraid ICC may ask the NZ or AUS to play the qualifying rounds b4 the world cup !!!

    Ridiculous and hopeless.......enough to destroy the waiting times for the world cup to begin....... ICC just irritated the fans of the host country and should be prepared to see a small group of fans !

    even 10 teams in a t 20 world cup and u ask for qualifying rounds for the hosts ! If the hosts have to play the qualifying rounds why not the others ?? what make them some teams so privileged that they never ever have to play qualifying rounds ? It's not sporting at all, it is just a business.....and this time the business will fall due to a ridiculous and unacceptable insulting decision ...

  • on October 27, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    thanks to icc and if any one ts to know why its not fair then please become host for this tournament and then think about it ! anyways its a business and we will see the last of it .

  • on October 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    A bit unfair on Bangladesh. It also depends on who are the associates that they face. In a T20 match on any given day, any team can beat a test playing country. A quick fire 50 or a spell of 3-4 wickets is all that is needed to turn a match around, which every country, including the associates are capable of. If Bangladesh were to run into dangerous sides like Kenya or Ireland or Netherlands, then they have their hands full.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 27, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I see lots of upset fellow Bangladeshi here but guys you should consider our position is ranking too, We are not one of the top 8 team so the fault is not ICC's its our fault. In fact if ICC let the first 10 team play the T20 WC without qualifying it we still wouldn't have made it because we are no 11. If you really wanna blame someone blame BCb. How are we going to get ahead in T20 ranking when we don't ever play any T20? Its not like ICC just announced that the lower ranked team have to play qualifier. BCB knew it so why didnt they host some T20 so we could get some points? Anyway im not sure why we should be worried. If we think our team is good than we should also believe that they can beat the associates and if they can't than they dont deserve to play World Cup

  • on October 27, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    South Africa got the chance to play in the FIFA WORLD CUP because of the hosting fact. FIFA always follows this rule. But in spite of being a test playing country and a host Bangladesh have to qualify first to play in the T20 World Cup 2014 just because of they are not in top 10. Ridiculous!! What a rule SIR JI!!!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 27, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I think its unfair for associates. The preliminary round should have not had full members playing because Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will surely go through. At worst there should not have been the host nation in this round.

  • on October 27, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    This is radiculous.. This is funy...This is really a worste dicision made by ICC. I don't know why this dicision taken. What is the benefit of cricket by this dicision of ICC. Only ten member can play final round of T20 world cup cricket. How funny that is. By This T20 format at least 20 team should play T20 worldcup for globalization of cricket. Another funny thing is for Host who have to play qaulifing round. At last my realization is cricket is a time wasting game that's why it is not a global game. Only a few country play this game.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 27, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    "With any sporting event in the world, it is great for the event if the host nation goes all the way to the final."

    So true for Subcontinent teams. In general the SC fans support more when their team is involved . Compare this to Eng, Aus or SA where there is considerable support from the expats for the SC teams. ICC has a reason to worry if there is not much support from locals for the matches that do not involve hosts.

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    players from Afghanistan doing well in Bangladish so it's a good chance for us to make it10 teams stage best of luck Afg

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    ICC is simply good for nothing they should give chance to host nation directly to second round, dosen't matter how good that team or not that is called respect. Bangladesh should intentionally lose all those first round match and get out off 20Twenty final round and fans should boycott to go to stadium let them play without any single fans.

  • FAB_ALI on October 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    The Bangladeshi fans really rate their team very high, then why cry upon them playing qualifiers. After all they will have to compete with associates and they should be very confident of beating them. It will also give them match practice and mental preparation going into the proper tournament. The fact that "Bangladesh have not gone past the first round of the World T20 since the inaugural edition in 2007 " completely justifies ICC decision.

  • on October 27, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Feel Pity for ICC.......ICC should hope that Bangladesh qualifies...:) otherwise u will see fun......lots of fun ahead..... Bangladesh should withdraw themselves from playing the qualifying rounds.......this is insulting.........

  • ZSBD on October 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    It is not unfair as long as teams like India are not in the bottom of the list.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 27, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I don't understand the big deal. Bangladesh will obviously top that qualifying group unless they did something stupid and played recklessly and if so then the team don't deserve to go through simple as that. Turning wickets with home support will do it with ease. Shakib got 6/6 on a turning wicket in the CPL this year. I'm just glad that Bangladesh has extra Cricket matches and a busy couple of years coming up for Bangladesh Cricket which is great to see. Its sad Bangladesh don't play anywhere close to the amount of T20 games compared to Pakistan, New Zealand etc and thus are lucky to not play in qualifiers.

  • PratUSA on October 27, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    It's funny that it takes "ICC general manager - commercial" to announce that it was not a commercial decision :)

  • NiteshKunwar1000 on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    At least 6 associate countries should be participating in t20world cup..with this rule not more than 2 associate country will be able to play the main round..associate nations should also get a regular chance to play against top 8 teams of the world..only then cricket can become a global game

  • HatersAreOrdinary on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    This ridiculous isnt it? Host country gets direct entry in any kind of event! Even in the greatest show on earth Fifa World Cup! But i dont know who runs ICC. They needs to be matured! On the other hand its good at least we will be able to watch more bd's game.

  • Kazi_Rajib on October 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    This is really unfair that as a host country Bangladesh will compete with six other qualifying teams in the first round for the remaining two places in the Super 10 groups. It's behind the tradition & injustice too..

  • CrICkeeet on October 27, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    ICC should hope ban will qualify... :p :p :p otherwise it'll b an empty gallary world cup....... :v :v :v

  • TheRisingTeam on October 27, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    As a Bangladesh fan I am not going to complain as I feel more matches is what Bangladesh needs anyway and this first phase will be a good test for them and show that they are not underdogs. In fact, it would be wise if Bangladesh even plays teams like Ireland in some ODIs so the team gets a much better idea of how associates teams could be like in major tournaments against them like the World T20 and good for associate teams themselves as they will gain International experience.

    But have to admit both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh haven't played anywhere near as many T20s compared to the "top 8" in that period so it was kind of unfair otherwise the rankings could've easily been different. Still expect to Bangladesh ease through anyway considering they will be playing at home and conditions in their favour. Good luck!!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Competition should be 4 groups of 4, 3 games each then quarter-finals, semis and final. Great that the ICC have expanded it to 16 teams but a poor compromise to have the 6 qualifiers, Ban and Zim play in the pre tournament qualifier. Ireland and particularly Afghanistan will be very dangerous in Asian conditions (assuming they make it through the qualifier next month in the UAE).

  • cooljack_143 on October 27, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It will be real Shame if BD doesn't qualify.If home team doesn't qualify the enthusiasm for the game is lost, so BD better don't get too complacent about it & give it their best shot as other teams like afghanistan & Ireland can bring their A game too & be dangerous . On a given dayT20 is anyones game, gone are those strategy making days, its just massacre in T20 nw. GL tigers!!!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Its actually a good opportunity to get some practice. And as the matches will be in Bangladesh i would expect Bangladesh to win those easily.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 27, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Yes I guess it's gone be official match practice. Also an oppurtunity to set t20i records against weaker teams all the best tigers! You have to go far since you are a stronger team than ever before and you are the only host nation!

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  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 27, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Yes I guess it's gone be official match practice. Also an oppurtunity to set t20i records against weaker teams all the best tigers! You have to go far since you are a stronger team than ever before and you are the only host nation!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Its actually a good opportunity to get some practice. And as the matches will be in Bangladesh i would expect Bangladesh to win those easily.

  • cooljack_143 on October 27, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It will be real Shame if BD doesn't qualify.If home team doesn't qualify the enthusiasm for the game is lost, so BD better don't get too complacent about it & give it their best shot as other teams like afghanistan & Ireland can bring their A game too & be dangerous . On a given dayT20 is anyones game, gone are those strategy making days, its just massacre in T20 nw. GL tigers!!!!

  • on October 27, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Competition should be 4 groups of 4, 3 games each then quarter-finals, semis and final. Great that the ICC have expanded it to 16 teams but a poor compromise to have the 6 qualifiers, Ban and Zim play in the pre tournament qualifier. Ireland and particularly Afghanistan will be very dangerous in Asian conditions (assuming they make it through the qualifier next month in the UAE).

  • TheRisingTeam on October 27, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    As a Bangladesh fan I am not going to complain as I feel more matches is what Bangladesh needs anyway and this first phase will be a good test for them and show that they are not underdogs. In fact, it would be wise if Bangladesh even plays teams like Ireland in some ODIs so the team gets a much better idea of how associates teams could be like in major tournaments against them like the World T20 and good for associate teams themselves as they will gain International experience.

    But have to admit both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh haven't played anywhere near as many T20s compared to the "top 8" in that period so it was kind of unfair otherwise the rankings could've easily been different. Still expect to Bangladesh ease through anyway considering they will be playing at home and conditions in their favour. Good luck!!!

  • CrICkeeet on October 27, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    ICC should hope ban will qualify... :p :p :p otherwise it'll b an empty gallary world cup....... :v :v :v

  • Kazi_Rajib on October 27, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    This is really unfair that as a host country Bangladesh will compete with six other qualifying teams in the first round for the remaining two places in the Super 10 groups. It's behind the tradition & injustice too..

  • HatersAreOrdinary on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    This ridiculous isnt it? Host country gets direct entry in any kind of event! Even in the greatest show on earth Fifa World Cup! But i dont know who runs ICC. They needs to be matured! On the other hand its good at least we will be able to watch more bd's game.

  • NiteshKunwar1000 on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    At least 6 associate countries should be participating in t20world cup..with this rule not more than 2 associate country will be able to play the main round..associate nations should also get a regular chance to play against top 8 teams of the world..only then cricket can become a global game

  • PratUSA on October 27, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    It's funny that it takes "ICC general manager - commercial" to announce that it was not a commercial decision :)