World T20 2014

A feast of cricket's guilty pleasures

The World T20 has been simmering during its qualifying round, but the big boys have descended and Bangladesh have almost made the Super 10. It's about to boil over

Alan Gardner

March 20, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan added 116 runs in the last 10 overs, Bangladesh v Ireland, World T20 warm-up, Fatullah, March 14, 2014
Bangladesh's presence in the Super 10 stage will make Dhaka the place to be during the tournament © AFP
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The first few days have established the atmosphere nicely, aided by Bangladesh's sashaying around their own party looking like a million dollars, but the hubbub is about to increase noticeably. The A-listers have arrived, hoovering up the remaining canap├ęs, distracting the snappers and showing off their entourages. Only the bolshevism shown by Ireland looks like preventing the Super 10 stage from resembling a Full Members' club, as notions of equality and opportunity are replaced by the established batting order.

The World T20, in all its unpredictable, telegenic, effervescent glory, has established itself as a tournament that gives with both hands: the games come thick and fast, high in calorie content and E-numbers, but the weight is quickly shed. With a few vigorous blows a batsman is back in form, while bowlers can "leave it all on the field" during a maximum of four overs, safe in the knowledge that they are expected to get tonked anyway. Supporters gorge themselves on boundaries and ambient pop (sic), then go home, move on.

Neither is it just a warm-up for the forthcoming IPL. International rivalry has always been cricket's strongest conduit of support and the near certainty that the hosts will qualify for the Super 10 stage sets up Dhaka as the jumping-est joint in the country. Group 2, while forbiddingly tough, will allow Bangladesh the opportunity to have a fresh crack at snooty neighbours India and Pakistan, who will resume their own argument over the garden hedge in a hotly anticipated opening to the second round on Friday evening.

The port city of Chittagong, once known for its Portuguese settlements, will welcome hopefuls from Europe, Africa and Australia, though Sri Lanka's local knowledge will be expected to help them chart a course through Group 1. At around the same time, an expanded women's tournament will also begin in the more genteel surroundings of the new Sylhet stadium, located in a tea garden.

Bangladesh and Ireland will be making their maiden appearances at the Women's World T20, with ten teams contesting 27 matches over 15 days. Two-time defending champions Australia are in the opposite pot to England, winners of the inaugural competition in 2009, with West Indies, New Zealand and India likely to also come into contention. The semi-finals and finals will again take place as double-headers with the men's events, though in a country with a female prime minister and where crowds in the thousands turned out to watch games at the women's World Cup Qualifier in 2011, healthy attendances will be hoped for throughout.

In the men's competition, it is simpler to suggest who probably won't win it than who will. In four previous tournaments, there have been four different winners, which is indicative of T20's capacity for mischief. The specialist planning and bespoke technique teams come up with for the format has made it something akin to hit 'n goggle but good old-fashioned confidence and momentum will play a key role in whoever carries off the title this time.

Of the eight sides entering at the second round, England and South Africa look the most peaky, especially given the conditions. India's recent results have also been poor and they have only played one T20 international since December 2012. A few weeks ago, West Indies, the defending champions, would have also been bracketed with the long-shots, having suffered a fifth T20 defeat in a row, against Ireland, but the signs in the warm-ups games suggest that they are rousing themselves at the perfect time once again.

Australia's players celebrate after clinching a 2-0 series win, South Africa v Australia, 3rd T20, Centurion, March 14, 2014
One of the favourites, Australia, have Aaron Finch, but no Mitchell Johnson. One of their spinners is a veteran, the other is very raw © Getty Images

Sri Lanka, ranked No. 1 in the world, certainly have form. They have an unenviable record of failing in recent finals - including at the last World T20 at home - but will gain confidence from putting away mercurial geniuses Pakistan in the Asia Cup earlier this month. Will the impending retirements of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene inspire a dash to victory or could the emotion cause Sri Lanka to choke up again?

Pakistan have been the best team in the World T20's short history, never failing to make the semi-finals. The charge against them is that they bowl with brio but bat like brioche (soft, light and easy to tear apart). The latter tendency came to the fore again on Wednesday, dismissed for 71 by South Africa in Fatullah. Best get them out of the way beforehand, eh?

According to the bookmakers, the mantle of favourites apparently lies with Australia, perhaps draped especially around the broad shoulders of Aaron Finch, one of the few men who can rival Chris Gayle in a destruction derby. The loss of Mitchell Johnson to injury will deny them a valuable weapon on slower pitches, however, and exacting questions will be asked of their spin options, which include 43-year-old Brad Hogg (international debut: 1996) and 20-year-old James Muirhead (international debut: January 2014). Then there is New Zealand, who a wise man never discounts.

The Commonwealth Games are known as the "friendly games" and so far Bangladesh has united in a display of colour and confraternity to put on the "friendly T20". There are likely to be some flashes of enmity on the field but T20's spirit of hedonism should quickly subsume all other emotions. The first five days of the tournament served something of a noble purpose; now, at least until the knockout stages begin, it is time for guilty pleasures.

Alan Gardner is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by westindiesupporter on (March 22, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Cmon West Indies. Rally round the West Indies. The cup is ours.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 22, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

@akalam1...and Allah said forgive and forget, if they're all mistaken and wrong, ameeeeen

Posted by Pankaj_Koirala on (March 21, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

For me Ireland vs Netherlands was the final match of World Cup. Loved it. Always same team (Big teams), same players makes me boring.It was sensational match. Dutch played like their Football team. After "Total Football", now, its a "Total Cricket". Would like to see every match of Netherlands. Go Dutch. It would be great to see other Nations like Afghanistan, Nepal, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong in squad. They played beautiful Cricket as well. Why this type of syndicate in cricket to avoid new comers?. In my opinion, Cricket will gain no popularity in coming years if such rules persist long. So far, its my opinion.

Posted by swauzzie on (March 21, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

As long as SL, Ind, WI, Eng, SA, Pak, Ban, NZ or Ned (in that order) don't win who cares? :)

Posted by akalam1 on (March 21, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

@jagger. Allah said wait and see they will thrash your Team if they meet!

Posted by spellbinder76 on (March 21, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

The wrong selection of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib malik and Bilawal Bhatti will be a disaster.

Posted by Jagger on (March 21, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

@Mamun Ahmed - Jesus told me they haven't got a chance.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

inshaAllah Bangladesh will win the world cup 2014

Posted by burnt_cow on (March 21, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

There is no clear favorite in B, before Pak lost to SA so badly I would think them favorite. But now any 2 can go through. BD has least chance as they are solely dependent on Shakib alone. i'm wondering why people are not considering WI favorite, with Gayle and Narine they are as good as any asian team. In A , it's cakewalk for SL but I'm really excited to see what Netherlands do, they did a splendid job today. It's more likely NZ who'll join the SL in semis.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

i see only four teams going to semi-finals from group A SA and srilanka From group B AUS and Pakistan but not sure which two will get to finals :-)

Posted by AMAR3366 on (March 21, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

I want aus and ind in finals. pak sl and sa in not in winning position.good luck for aussies and indian team. go aussie go and win their first t20 trophy.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

It's T20 and a semi-knock out format. That makes it a chook raffle. As has been noted, any of the Test nations can beat any of the other Test nations at any given moment, and Ireland is very, very close to being in that equation as well in this format.

So it really could come down to luck, a bad bounce, or a wicket keeper sneezing at the wrong time.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Aussies will win this cup for sure . After winning the Ashes and beating SA in their own den , we will win this remaining trophy . Warner , Finch , Bailey , Faulkner and superstar Watson will rock . Go Aussies go...

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Big3 will be out of it. SL and Pak will be in finals.

Posted by schathuranga on (March 21, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

We don't care territory. just looking on what will happen. anywere in the world we showed who we are.we are slinging scoop dosra carrom genius no need more explanations.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 21, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

I don't expect them to advance through to the next round or anything but I'd love to see Ireland do well. They're going really well atm and played some very good cricket to make the main draw. I think they can win a game, maybe two, even though they're in the harder group.

Group 1 now has two Asian teams so that evens things up a bit. As much as the fans would want it, I can't see Bangladesh advancing. SL is widely fancied (no pressure there) and I think it'll be between NZ and SA to join them. .. My semifinalists are SL/NZ/Aus/WI

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 21, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

@ Nikko Chunn: Thanks for that ringing endorsement there. It's always great to see a Kiwi talking up Aus lol. .. Your guys have a great chance of getting to the semi's but if they play Au somewhere along the line they WILL have to work out a way of getting Warner and Finch out cheaply. In the warm-up (the only one we had for some reason) those two piled on 100+ in about 60 balls and both retired to give the others a bat. In the real thing it could be all different of course, but Warner's 65 off 22 must be a flashing red light to your tacticians.

Posted by nothingnew on (March 21, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

This is the toughest T20 world we would watch . Everyteam are really brilliant all the time. But something always available . I am sure SA and SL from team A and pak and Ind or Aus from Team B ? Feel like every match really competitive . No one big or small in this type of shorter format . Can't expect due factor will help for wins in really shorter format of these games.But toss is always great . Good luck for every team . we need good cricket and fascinating thirl

Posted by vallavarayar on (March 21, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the finals. Then its anybody's game.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 5:20 GMT)

todays match could be one sided but pakistan will make this again thrillig as ususall

Posted by himmat on (March 21, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

I am all for Australia to win this tournament.....West Indies are dangerous side in twenty20 format.....England and South Africa will have hard time.....indians are overrated and over-hyped as always.....Pakistan will be hard to beat in this format.....never underestimate Sri Lanka in any format......Bangladesh might throw some surprises here and there.....but thats about it for them.....!!!

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Backing Eng or Lanka to lift the cup. Reasons- 1. both are in weaker group. 2(main reason) both team players are not sold in IPL except T.Perera n Malinga. So the book makers will provide them this. 3. England can also lift the cup coz recently BCCI n ECB have join hands.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

Mr. Cpt.Meanster , looks like you have no idea about how teams qualify for semis... coz u predicted 3 teams from the same group to be in semis(ind,pak , wi).... but my dear friend it will be australia who wil sure qualify for the semis and the rest three to battle for the last semis spot.. they are in peak form and their hunger to glory is no match for others and may be thats y they are tipped as favorites... from the other group it will be walk in the park for Sl(coz they recently toured twice in bangladesh and strongest in their group) and NZ/s af will battle for the other semis spot... well once ur in semis... u cant predict and its anyones one their day..

Posted by Alexei on (March 21, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

I don't like this preview at all

He barely says anything about the defending champions's chances in this tournmanent and then only mentions the NZ team (who has the fastest century maker in ODIs and Brendon McCallum) in about 5 words. Travesty really

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (March 21, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

This really is going to be one hell of a tournament. The challenge from the non sub-continent countries to the subcontinent ones will decide the semi-finalists. In group 1, obviously SL has the advantage of being the only sub continent team. I don't see ENG making it to semis or Ireland. Therefore, most probably SL will go through with either NZ or SA. I have my bet on NZ over SA, due to their big hitting batting power and form. So SL and NZ from Group 1. Group 2 is the group of death, four potential candidates AUS, IND, PAK, WI. It think AUS has a good chance of going through due to their batting depth and batsman who can hit well against spinners. Out of the other 3 , anyone can proceed through. My best is on AUS and WI to semis.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 2:34 GMT)

how can 3 teams from the same group be in the semis?ind pak wi

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Ireland vs Bangladesh - final :) :P

Posted by AH_USA on (March 21, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

PAK pacers are not doing well in BD so far. They did not do well in the Asia cup and have not done too well in the warm up games in T20. If it continues then PAK will not get into the semis. So, the pacers need to get their act together if they want to qualify in the final four.

Posted by   on (March 21, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

Good luck nepal.,

Posted by indianzen on (March 20, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

SL, WI, Ind and AUS in Semis and SL and India in Final - this is the best prediction...

Posted by Jordanious77 on (March 20, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

People do realize that Pak, WI and Aus are in the same pool right??? If it helps here are the pools:

Group 1: SA, SL, Eng, NZ, Bang

Group 2: India, Pak, WI, Aus, Ire

My Semi finalists are SL, NZ & Pak, Aus.

I would loooooooooove to see an Aus v NZ final but i think NZ will struggle to make it through the semi's, it'll prob end up being SL vs Aus/pak final depending on how it's scheduled.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 20, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

Cpt.Meanstar; Let me help you out they have groups of 5 and from each group only two can go through to the semis as such you will not see all of WI, SL and Pakistan in the semi finals. As such it is impossible for your prediction to come through. Then you qualify your prediction with all other teams have no chance yet one of these no chance teams are guaranteed to go through.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 20, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

@ Shaggy076 : Just trying to stay under the radar mate. Don't pay me any attention.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT) Great to see your usual impartial expert opinion on here.

Just one thing though. I'd have thought it would be highly unlikely that India,Pakistan and WI will all qualify for the semis being as they're all in the same group. Doh

Posted by StevieS on (March 20, 2014, 20:47 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster how can 3 teams from one group make it to the semis?

Posted by skilebow on (March 20, 2014, 20:45 GMT)

@cpt.Meanster- Completely agree with u. Although nz could surprise Wi. Think my team, England, will struggle to win a Game.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 20:20 GMT)


South Africa will be rely heavily on AB and that is a serious concern. They have other capable batsmen but they are not known for their consistency. Amla isn't as aggressive as a genuine T20 batsman. The fast bowlers will have to do their job exceptionally well if they want to go further into the tournament. Sri Lanka have a great side with fine players like Dilshan, Sanga, Malinga, and Mendis. Mathews is also in good form and Thisara Perera has been very impressive in the shorter formats.

My semi-finalists are Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Posted by Sri_numerouno on (March 20, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

@ Cpt.Meanster, India, Pak and WI are in same group, so only 2 teams can go to semis

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

T20 is undoubtedly a very unpredictable format and so it's difficult to pick the favorites. Australia have a fantastic line-up and the boys are in great form. Warner, Finch, Watson and Bailey can destroy any attack in the world and the quicks, even without Mitch, can be destructive. India's bowling will definitely be a concern and their poor recent form in limited-overs cricket means they have a lesser chance this time. The batting will be heavily dependent of Kohli and Dhoni. Pakistan have some fabulous bowlers, but the batting is highly unreliable and I think they will not make it to the semis this time. NZ have a solid group of cricketers like Guptill, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Southee, Anderson, etc. who can be very effective in T20s. WI have quite a number of big hitters such as Gayle, Samuels, Bravo, D Smith and they are surely one of the contenders once again. England will field a relatively inexperienced side and their chances are slim this time, in my view.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 20, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Semi finals: New Zealand, SriLanka, Pakistan and India. Final Sri Lanka vs New Zealand. Winners New Zealand.

I actually reckon that New Zealand have an excellent chance. Most underrated team. Class batting line-up- McCullum, Guptill and Taylor are 3 of the best on the planet. Corey Anderson has a recent world record. Good bowlers with the likes of McClenaghan in particular. Factor in Pakistan's batting limitations, India's bowling limitations and Sri Lanka's inevitable choking, South Africa, England and West Indies' general rubbishness, and my personal doubts that Australia can sustain their current success, therefore they seem a logical choice.

@Cpt.Meanster you've picked 3 teams from the same group

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

I cant really see England, Ireland or Bangladesh ever winning but I think any of the other 7 sides could take it down. Australia may not have the spinners that other countries do but their batting lineup is pretty awesome and probably deserve to be favourites. But therre really isnt all that much between most of the top 7 teams. Watch out for New Zealand and Corey Anderson

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

I think any one of 7 sides can win this (not England unfortunately)

My head says Australia or India - but I'd love to see NZ win it.

Posted by cricketfan4798 on (March 20, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster WI, Pak and Ind are all in the same group, only 2 of them can get into the semi-finals.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon is responsible for poor selection as he has appointed a criminal like Faruk aa cheif selector who has successfully murdered our national team. There is no accountability in our country that why people like Papon will easily go away with thia kind of blunder to our team tiger due to his political connection. Now I wonder what can we do in this mess?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

The West Indies team looks like the only team without a weakness. They are packed with power hitters players, wily pace bowlers and mystery spinners. They are the perfect T20 team now. Krismar Santokie in many ways is similar to Malinga and could be key to Windies' success

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

@James Silver on (March 20, 2014, 6:42 GMT) Pretty good 11 but surely B Mac , MSD and AB are better WK/batsmen in anyone's book. Probably MSD would be the best bet at 7. Being that it's in the SC 2 changes (off the top of my head) I'd make are ABDV and Jadeja for De Kock and Watson with ABDV at 6 and Jadeja at 7 although I rate ABDV as high as anyone as a SF batsman so I'd like to see him at 5

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 20, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

My semi finalists are India, PAK, SL and WI. Australia and the rest have NO chance. Aussie fans will as usual hype up their team but in Asian conditions, Aussies are just as bad as other non-Asian sides. They do have some good hitters but that's just about it. Their bowling is canon-fodder in these pitches plus they don't even have a decent spinner. NZ could make it but then again, they don't have spin options and their batsmen usually struggle against the turning ball. ENG are awful and I have nothing more to say about them. BD could upset a few but I really can't see them make it past the group stage. SA never do well in ICC events and that trend will continue this time too. That leaves 1 more qualifier and it could be Ireland who will be simply happy to be a part of it all. Any team could win the semi finals and go to the last bout from my choice of favourites.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (March 20, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Careful. Ireland and Bangladesh will be there to spoil almost everything.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 20, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

All we are sure of are surprises! 1 or 2 great performances, or 1 or 2 awful ones, shape T20 cricket.

In the 2012 final Marlon Samuels,T20 ave 31.16, made 78 off 56 balls with six 6s - 57% of WI's runs. Charles, Gayle, Pollard & Russell together scored 5. SL conceded 5 extras!

WI looked finished at 32/2 after 10 overs. Then Samuels took 3 sixes off Malinga in the 13th & 16 runs off him in the 17th. WI, 108 after 18, made 137. The deadly Malinga went wicketless at 13.5 per over.

SL, cruising at 51/2 after 10 overs, needed 87 more, but in 4.3 overs Sammy's 2/6, Narine, & 2 run outs had them at 7/69! Only Kulasekara's brief cameo got SL to 101/10 in 18.4 after Narine cleaned up.

2 huge players, Gayle & Malinga, failed. Narine's 3/9, the underated Samuels' 78 & 1/15 in 4 over, & Sammy's 2/6 & 26 runs, decided the game.

Expect the unexpected. Truly, there are no favorites. Yesterday SA, everyone's underdog, crushed Pak, a favorite for many. Unexpected ... but then, maybe not!

Posted by AKS286 on (March 20, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

NZ is my favorites. Kiwi team is very strong in every department, they have the mixtures of all. My vote goes to NZ.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (March 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

@ Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug writes "Australia are quite clearly the dominant side in the game now so we will win this at a canter."

The avatar has become the persona. That statement is classic FFL. When the satirist becomes the laughing stock, it is time to move on. Truly mate, FFL would be proud of you.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

guys, what about tomorrow match ind vs pak i am srilankan fan, and like eo see pak will win becausen pak are my friends i support pakistan go green shirt go respect from srilankanwe are with you

Posted by IndiaGoats on (March 20, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Folks predicting PAK, AUS, WI and SL in the semifinals have your head checked - only 2 teams from each group can progress to the semis.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

agreed with most 4 SL, PAK, AUS, WI. any of top 4 can win then

Posted by viru-319-219 on (March 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

AUS are my least favorites to progress to knockouts. Finch is a player who hits through line and on turning slow tracks I doubt he will win them any games. Their spinners are not really good and more pace = more distance on these tracks. I am expecting a blistering start for AUS then being tied up by spin (All other teams in group including BANGLA have superb spinners) and then settling to a modest total.

SL are at an advantage among ASIAN teams or teams with good spinners as they will be playing ENG,NZ and SA. They have a very good chance of progressing to SEMIS.

Any two from IND,PAK,WI and BANG can go to semis from group of death. Odds are in favour of INDIA and PAK.

My pick for SEMIS are IND,PAK,SL and NZ

Posted by waqas-mazhar on (March 20, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Pakistan is going to lift 2014 t20wc

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

SL, PAK, WI, and AUS any of them will win. if BD can go to semi, that would be really good.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

Australia has the best chance followed by Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 20, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

@ Alan Gardner, T20 is the most unpredictable cricket format ever, nobody imagined the past winners in T20 word cup at the same time nobody has been consistent to get to win back the trophy, its always a different team, as an Indian fan I would love to see India at least in the finals and I bet every fan from their countries think their team has a chance, your predictions might come true but they are only predictions. I feel WI have more chances cause they are as unpredictable as T20 itself.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (March 20, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Australia are quite clearly the dominant side in the game now so we will win this at a canter.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

@sreehk how can pak , WI n aus all three qualify ??

Posted by ForTheLuvofCricket on (March 20, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

I would love to see NZ win, even though I am an Indian. Loved the way the Kiwis manhandled our team down under. Good hard working talented group of cricketers. Amazing that a country so tiny can produce such talent.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

don't mind seeing a WI vs PAK finals

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 20, 2014, 12:33 GMT)

To continue, wondering why the WC format for the 50-overs-a-side gets easier when-ever it comes to the sub-continent !! 92 was awesome, 96 was an easy one, followed by the tougher 99,03 and 07 editions. Back to the subcontinent in '11 and an easier format to play. Unfortunately '15 follows the same !!

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 20, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

My thoughts to involve the Associates - have them play the T20 WC and not the 50-overs-a-side edition. Nine teams - Top 8 plus one of the Associates shall contest the 50-overs stuff with a format similar to WC 1992 - every team must play the other one , with the top 2 playing a best-of-3 finals. How competitive will this be. This way, the winner has to earn his crown by fighting it hard. No easy WC victories !! No sleeping all the way till Quarterfinals and suddenly winning a few matches and by extension the WC by luck.

Posted by sreehk on (March 20, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

Favorites: WI and SL

SEMI: WI, SL, Aus, Pak

Dark horse: NZ

Losers: Ind, SA, Eng, BD

Posted by gibbons on (March 20, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

"Icc is doing injustice to bangaladesh because being a host country Bangladesh must be qualified directly to t20 worldcup without playing qualifications with associate countries. #respect from Nepal"

@Kushal Lama - technically, this stage IS the real T20 WC, so Bangladesh did qualify directly - the qualifiers were amongst the associates at the end of last year. I think it is a little rough on Bangladesh, but I do appreciate qualification by merit. The format could have been made to have qualification more open for the second stage.

Posted by gibbons on (March 20, 2014, 11:39 GMT)

"Only the bolshevism shown by Ireland looks like preventing the Super 10 stage from resembling a Full Members' club, as notions of equality and opportunity are replaced by the established batting order."

Nice bit of spin, given that 8 of the ten full members were granted an automatic place. I could just have easily said that a shocking 50 percent of the full member sides in the first stage will fail to progress. Great idea to involve more associates, I would have liked to have seen at least 4 spots up for grabs in the main draw, either by expanding to super 12, or even by dropping two more full nations into the first stage to prove themselves. T20 is certainly more of a leveller.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 20, 2014, 11:30 GMT)

Dunger Bob; Really dont understand your reasoning. We easily made the semi Finals in the last T20 world cup and looked favourites to win before one poor performance and that was in SL similar conditions to this years. The difference is now we pick a genuine T20 side and the team this time around is a lot better than the last world cup. We have hitting power down to 7 and think we are the deserved favourites as to our abilities against spin, its not great on manufactured decks but low sub continent decks with no variable bounce it is fine. In the warm up game from 6 overs of spin we scored 84 runs. I think you have been listening to Cpt (he aint no captain) Meanstar (he aint no star) too much.

Posted by byc89 on (March 20, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

SL, WI, SA have the best probabilities for the semi-finalist spots. The 4th spot will be for AUS/IND/PAK/BAN/NZ/ENG

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 11:08 GMT)

bravo Alan Gardner:::a flawless and poetic article written by u, we hope to see gud matches in super 10 ............

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

When SL won BD in two very close T20 matches recently, people here were saying SL being the number one Ranked could not trash BD. I can assure you'll that BD will defeat the bigger teams in the super10 stages which i think are India & Aus or maybe even Pak & WI too as T20 is a very Unpredictable format & that teams ranked 1-10 can be victorious on their day.In my opinion Sri Lanka & West Indies are the most likely to triumph followed by Pakistan & Australia.

Posted by Snambidi on (March 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

The Next opponent for Ireland is Netherlands. Ireland already tops the qualifies table in Group B. They in all probability would enter the Group1&2 round of 10 teams. If luck prevails the Irish Spirit might secure an entry into the Quarter stage too. In this context we have to remember their heroic activity against the Mighty Pak Captained by Inzamam Ul Haq when they had virtually beaten the Pak team stunning the Cricketing world. Anyhow,it would be interesting to watch their further Progress.

Posted by Snambidi on (March 20, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

The Next opponent for Ireland is Netherlands. Ireland already tops the qualifies table in Group B. They in all probability would enter the Group1&2 round of 10 teams. If luck prevails the Irish Spirit might secure an entry into the Quarter stage too. In this context we have to remember their heroic activity against the Mighty Pak Captained by Inzamam Ul Haq when they had virtually beaten the Pak team stunning the Cricketing world. Anyhow,it would be interesting to watch their further Progress.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

If England win a game I would be surprised they are that bad at the moment. Even think Ireland would be favourites to beat them at the moment.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (March 20, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

@ Ashraful Islam on (March 20, 2014, 7:31 GMT) Thanks for the answer to my questions mate, Even though it will be a true pitch during the day, as a cricket supporter if the pitch is the same for both sides well then it is in the skill level of the players that will win the match, so to me day games are better and fairer.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 20, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

Any of the 8 test playing nations has the capability to beat any other team on any given day. It's a real lottery...but will be interesting enough to watch.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

i am srilankan ans i am saying srilanka is a good balanced team . kusal Dilshan sanga mahela mathews chnadimal thisara perere kulasekara malinga mendis senanayake ( PRSANNE LAKMAL THIRIMME HERATH CHATTURANGA) is in bench, if mendis fail ec 3 overs 43 vs wi what a poor bowling vy Ajntha we can give chabces herath or prasanne no chances for lakmal because kulasekara can bowl better than lakmal and also kula can hit 66444 clear the roof if chandimal not scored and thirimanne must replace chandimal mathews taking the captaincy

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will be a big threat for big teams. They are now more confidence to win.

Posted by dunger.bob on (March 20, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Can't see how anyone could rate us (Aus) as favourites. 3 reasons: 1. Our record in T20 in Asia is not good. (5/19 or something like that). Admittedly we're a better side now, but still. 2. We're in the hardest Group 3. The news from @ Ashraful Islam doesn't sound good for us given our record against spin. .. Overall, it's all agin us. If we do get through to the semi's it's a fair bet we've played out of our skins to get there. .. @ india_patriot: Aust. are dual winners and defending champs in the Womens game.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 20, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

I 'll try to stick with the tried & trusted lot of Sri Lanka SA Australia & Pak in the semis. Do not forget SL have been marvellous to hang on to T20 No. one spot now over seventeen months & have beaten Aussies 2/0 in Australia. However all the 3 big Asian teams can do magic on a given day & so won't be surprised if one of them lift the cup.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (March 20, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

@ Michael Baker on (March 20, 2014, 8:43 GMT) Wholeheartedly disagree mate, although not my favourite format if this tournament was not on and my footie team not playing this weekend, I'd have to do other stuff, hahaha

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

ok good article. but cricket's spirit of hedonism???

dude cricket also brings about as much pain as pleasure with it. Ask bangla fans and they will brief you about this.

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 20, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

What value does composing a World XI adds to anything ? Have been questioning myself for long.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Have to agree with Timmuh. Who cares. Let the Indian second-stringers and the retired Test players have T20.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

my final 4 are : sa ,nz,aus,wi(ind if they beat wi , which is nt likely).......,, if sa face wi in semi sa will go through or else Windies., & aus is certain to be in final. . even considering their bowling woes... im backing sa because their bowling even without steyn is very good..& Wayne Parnell will be the x factor player for them.. & we all know how good albie is in whacking the spinners outside the park if they play him only as batsman @5 (to attack the spinners) sa has got real chance of winning it.,,,, but aus & wi has got the real chance or else the proteas(given ab captains them with lil fearless cricket)

Posted by anton1234 on (March 20, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

I love the World T20. Shame it has been moved to every four years. It should be played every two years as it is a great vehicle to spread the game globally.

Posted by nikubhan on (March 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@india_patriot - You are right but those results mentioned are for the Women's T20 WC Games.

Posted by CodandChips on (March 20, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

Semis Newzealand, SriLanka, Pakistan and India.

@James Silver @Disco-bob My world xi: 1.Finch 2.Hales 3.Pietersen 4.Kohli 5.Dhoni 6.Watson 7.Anderson 8.Afridi 9.Narine 10.Ajmal 11.Malinga (bearing in mind Steyn and Johnson are injured- if they weren't, Steyn for Malinga)

Posted by Timmuh on (March 20, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

I'd like to care, but I'm more interested in the Sheffield Shield final this weekend.

Posted by india_patriot on (March 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

"Two-time defending champions Australia are in the opposite pot to England, winners of the inaugural competition in 2009". Wasn't the 2007 edition, which India won, the inaugural edition? And has Australia won the T20 world cup twice?

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (March 20, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

As there was no report on the Nz V Aus game I still have to get this of my chest, If Australia want a crappy bowling all rounder Maxwell is not your man Steve Smith is.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

@SMS You BD ppl are very funny...

BD can't reach semifinal even if the tournament consists of only four team

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury. The match which will start at 3:30pm in local time will be beneficial for batting first coz dew usually starts to fall after 6:30pm. In the mean time the match will be finished. But the match which will start at 7:30pm in local time will be high scoring match definitely coz dew will affect the match seriously. It will be very much difficult to grip the ball by the spinner as well as pacer too. So i think Australia will get some hurdles to face spinner vs. Ban, India & Pak as their most matches will be in daytime! !!!!

Posted by shashi_dhoni on (March 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

I my opinion WEST INDIES is the hot favourites even without POLLY because of their hard hitting and variation in bowling attack ( narine , Santokie , badree , Rampaul , Bravo etc) every body can bowl at death .... If they can pass this tough group no stopping sammmy's 11 .... They can dominate T20 cricket in any condition for atleast another 5 -6 years.... Waiting for another Aus vs WI cracker of a match... I am INdian Supporter I want india and wi to pass this group If india bowl well n death.....

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (March 20, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Semi finalists: South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Australia. Final: Australia to beat India. That's my prediction.

Posted by disco_bob on (March 20, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@James Silver I would have made room for Jos Buttler

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

Icc is doing injustice to bangaladesh because being a host country Bangladesh must be qualified directly to t20 worldcup without playing qualifications with associate countries. #respect from Nepal

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (March 20, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

I am an Aussie supporter and Having a look at the draw Australia play 3 of there 4 games at the early time slot (less dew I think) can any locals tell me is that an advantage (can you win batting second) or disadvantage for us aussie fans (the ball spins more)? and is there any life in the pitch at Shere Bangla National stadium in Mirpur or is spin the only option ?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

bangladesh can be a hard candidate of icc world t20 cup

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

My Before Tournament World XI: 1. Aaron Finch (AUS) 2. David Warner (AUS) 3. Chris Gayle (WI) 4. Virat Kohli (IND) 5. Shikhar Dhawan (IND) 6. Shane Watson (AUS) 7. Quinton De Kock (RSA) 8. Dale Steyn (RSA) 9. Sunil Narine (WI) 10. Lasith Malinga (SL) 11. Saeed Ajmal (PAK).

Posted by disco_bob on (March 20, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

As the fifth ranked team I'd prefer it if we were not favourites, but it seem that the rest of the world has been turned into believers by the recent thrashing of England and the overwhelming determination to defeat SA at home. We may be the first overdogs to be carried over the line by the sheer will of the public at large.

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