ICC World Twenty20 2012 December 21, 2011

Sixteen teams compete for two World T20 spots

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Sixteen Associate and Affiliate teams will compete for two available spots in the 2012 World Twenty20 during a 72-match qualifying tournament in the UAE from March 13 to 24.

The teams are divided into two groups of eight with the top three in each group having a chance to win a place in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

The top two teams of each group will meet in the first qualifying final with the winner guaranteed a place at the World Twenty20. The loser of that match will play in the second qualifying final against the winner of a series of play-off matches. The winners of both qualifying finals will meet in the tournament final in Dubai.

The winner of the tournament will be pooled with Australia and West Indies in group B of the World Twenty20, while the other team will be in group A with defending champions England and 2007 winners India.

Afghanistan and Ireland made it from the qualifying tournament in 2010, with Afghanistan winning he competition by eight-wickets.

Group A
Afghanistan, Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Denmark, Nepal.

Group B
Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy, USA.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Nepal weren't that impressive in the Asian qualifiers but don't rule them out just as yet. Nepal could surprise everyone again this time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    I totally agree with this news. I think Afghanistan or irland will be qualified for next worldcup. actually afghanistan is the team which has alot of talent and can provide best player of the world although it does not have much facilites.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 23, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Totally agree with those who say 16 teams should play in this WC. I thought we were trying to give the game growth. Also great point re the shorter the format , the greater the chances are of upsets and hence the more appealing the cup becomes. As in the 50 over format I'd say you have 4 groups of 4 teams with the top 8 countries divided across the 4 groups , then you have Ireland,Holland, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as the 3rd teams to go in each group then 4 others - eg Afghanistan , Canada , Kenya , USA. Top 2 teams go through to QFs eg 2nd in group A plays 1st in group B , then SFs and final. This means that the most matches any team play (the finalists) would be 6 (3 group matches , QF,SF,F). Any comms?

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    i would go for IRISH and AFGHANS and my money be there be surprises that one team with Asian expats will make some upsets.that can be Oman or HONGKONG.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Afghan ftw cuz they have no fear

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | December 23, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Why 12 teams for world cup ? Why don't this to increase 20 teams or at least 14 teams world cup ? ICC don't want Cricket as a global game they want only money

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Canada gonna win the tournament :D good luck team canada :D Wow

  • POSTED BY AlanHarrison on | December 22, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @ Edd Oliver and BalldiƱho II: I agree with you. If cricket has pretentions to be a global game, a case can be made for expanding the number of teams who play in the world t20 cup, the 50-over ODI world cup, and test cricket. But this is especially true of twenty20 cricket which has repeatedly been shown to be more of a leveller and be harder to predict than the other formats. Let's not forget that in the first t20 world cup the then no.1 test-playing nation lost their 1st match to Zimbabwe, and in the 2nd such tournament the current no.1 test team lost theirs to the Netherlands. 12 teams only is ridiculous. @ maddy20: circket must have been played in Uganda for a while. It's a former British colony, so as in the case of nearby Tanzania and Kenya, the game would have been brought there by the British and played in one form or another back in the 1940s and 1950s if not earlier. As for scorecards on cricinfo I saw some when Uganda played in pre-qualifying for the 2011 world cup.

  • POSTED BY WICric101 on | December 22, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Any of these teams will be thrashed and would be involved in the most one- sided games.SL pitches are great for batting i sense scores of over 200 against ass teams.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Afghanistan will be the winner of this tournament Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Nepal weren't that impressive in the Asian qualifiers but don't rule them out just as yet. Nepal could surprise everyone again this time.

  • POSTED BY on | December 24, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    I totally agree with this news. I think Afghanistan or irland will be qualified for next worldcup. actually afghanistan is the team which has alot of talent and can provide best player of the world although it does not have much facilites.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 23, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Totally agree with those who say 16 teams should play in this WC. I thought we were trying to give the game growth. Also great point re the shorter the format , the greater the chances are of upsets and hence the more appealing the cup becomes. As in the 50 over format I'd say you have 4 groups of 4 teams with the top 8 countries divided across the 4 groups , then you have Ireland,Holland, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as the 3rd teams to go in each group then 4 others - eg Afghanistan , Canada , Kenya , USA. Top 2 teams go through to QFs eg 2nd in group A plays 1st in group B , then SFs and final. This means that the most matches any team play (the finalists) would be 6 (3 group matches , QF,SF,F). Any comms?

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    i would go for IRISH and AFGHANS and my money be there be surprises that one team with Asian expats will make some upsets.that can be Oman or HONGKONG.

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Afghan ftw cuz they have no fear

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | December 23, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Why 12 teams for world cup ? Why don't this to increase 20 teams or at least 14 teams world cup ? ICC don't want Cricket as a global game they want only money

  • POSTED BY on | December 23, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Canada gonna win the tournament :D good luck team canada :D Wow

  • POSTED BY AlanHarrison on | December 22, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @ Edd Oliver and BalldiƱho II: I agree with you. If cricket has pretentions to be a global game, a case can be made for expanding the number of teams who play in the world t20 cup, the 50-over ODI world cup, and test cricket. But this is especially true of twenty20 cricket which has repeatedly been shown to be more of a leveller and be harder to predict than the other formats. Let's not forget that in the first t20 world cup the then no.1 test-playing nation lost their 1st match to Zimbabwe, and in the 2nd such tournament the current no.1 test team lost theirs to the Netherlands. 12 teams only is ridiculous. @ maddy20: circket must have been played in Uganda for a while. It's a former British colony, so as in the case of nearby Tanzania and Kenya, the game would have been brought there by the British and played in one form or another back in the 1940s and 1950s if not earlier. As for scorecards on cricinfo I saw some when Uganda played in pre-qualifying for the 2011 world cup.

  • POSTED BY WICric101 on | December 22, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Any of these teams will be thrashed and would be involved in the most one- sided games.SL pitches are great for batting i sense scores of over 200 against ass teams.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Afghanistan will be the winner of this tournament Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    common .ireland and netherlands ..wanna see ryan ten doeschate again :D

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    It would be interesting matches especially group A where Afghanistan will face team like Canada and Holland, Afghanistan performance hasn't been so good last three or two months, lets see would they be able to play like 2010 or continue it is poor performance

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    I Agree with EDD Oliver................ Shame on ICC

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Frankly, I think they should do away with international T20 games. Keep it for the domestic league franchises and make the T20 champions league the biggest prize for the format.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    I feel its only Group A, where some competition is there! how rediculus that 72 games are played in 12 days!!! 6 matches per day average,!! horrible from ICC. well, by the way,, i would say Ireland to win , Holland to be 2nd, Afghanistan and Canada, 3rd and 4th respectively!!!>.. so harsh i would suggest better...it shud have been a 14- team tournament with 6 associates , BAN, ZIM , and 6 affiliates and the top with top 6 qualfying which would make the T20 WC a 14-team tournament..! a fair chane for others.!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | December 22, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    When did Uganda, Italy and Oman start playing cricket :O Never seen an scorecards on cricinfo!

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    why Bangladesh in not there in this list....I am pretty sure they will not qualify if they will play this qualifying tournament....

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Its not the best move from ICC... Atleast 16-20 teams should be playing the T20 WC with 10 Test nations and the remaining from Associate & Affiliate nations. This would surely give the lesser known teams some international exposure in this half-a-day game atleast. For 4 groups, each group should have 5 teams each with 2 test playing teams & 3 Asso,affi teams... e.g India, NZ, Kenya,Afganistan, Nepal in a group.... top 3 should get qualified for next round .... this will surely increase the cricketing sport..

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | December 22, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    16 teams would have been great for the World T20. Less teams in the ODI World Cup sure because the margins of defeat get ridiculous but instead of 4 groups of 3 each make it 4 groups of 4. The Super Eights can be the same thing as now. That only means 12 extra games which for T20 is 4 extra days. Having extra teams in the 50-over format also means it goes on for a long time because each game is obviously 2.5 times longer. I also agree that Zim and Bang should have been required to qualify as well. Only the teams who previously qualified for the Super Eights should be guaranteed a spot in the next tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    this is not fair at all. In shorter version of cricket t20, there should be presence of 16 teams, so the minnows can acclimatize with the big stage like world cup. If icc likes to strengthen the cricket around the glove, they should not go for conservative mind rather give the opportunity for the associate team to face the elite teams.

  • POSTED BY OvickX on | December 22, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    SirViv1973 I remember BD beating the West Indies in a T20 (I think first T20 WC it was). If you really were Sir Viv you would have remembered that, :p. Having said that cnt deny the fact how disappointing they have been lately. But dnt see why it would hurt to include minnows in a T20 tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    How come U.A.E. is not there??

  • POSTED BY shane161 on | December 22, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I dont agree with this format set by ICC at all. It would be so embarassing for the team like Ireland. They have already beaten England in 2011 world cup. And with the likes of Kevin O' Brien having the fastest century record in the world cup the ICC members should have thought twice before putting Ireland in this format.

  • POSTED BY on | December 22, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    United Arab emirates..... Where are you??

  • POSTED BY johnny62 on | December 22, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    It is not a progressive move by ICC to have a set up like this. On one side pundits of the game say that it is a game of uncertainties, any team can win against any other team (particularly in the shorter version) other side you will see this type of narrow thinking of ICC and its bigwigs. The fact is countries which are not performing well from the so called elite teams should be relegated, but to have a tournament separately for new teams is pouring water on their aspirations. We have seen seen lesser known countries have performed well. They have beaten best teams like Australia, England, India to name few. So give them equal chance and encourage the game particularly the latest cricket playing countries. Hope people like Ponting will understand the logic. Last tournament we had in India was ideal because many new teams got a chance to play better cricket than Bangladesh, Kenya and Zimbabwe!

  • POSTED BY Grutness on | December 21, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    16 teams is a far more logical number than 12 - not just from the point of view of blooding new teams, but also from the logistical point of view. Take a leaf from Rugby Sevens tournaments, and have four groups of four, with the top two from each group going on to contest the cup, and the bottom two from each having their own battle for a plate competition. It would ensure plenty of top competition for all teams and would provide for a well rounded tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    It is indeed a great shame that the ICC took the typically blinkered decision to cut the number of teams in the World Twenty20 from 16 to 12. When Baseball can muster 22 countries for its world cup it makes any claims cricket has to be the 'second most popular sport in the world' pretty flimsy when they only manage 12 teams for the World T20 and 14 for the World Cup. How great would it have been to see Ireland, Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, and a newcomer on the world stage such as Papua New Guinea, Uganda or Nepal mixing it with the big boys?

    Anyway Ireland to beat Afghanistan in the final.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | December 21, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    @SirViv1973 --> Remember Aus vs Zim match in 2007 T20 WC? I agree with the 16 team tournament. This is the shortest format of cricket and hence weaker teams have a bigger chance to beat the pros.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan InshAllah we will qualify again

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | December 21, 2011, 21:09 GMT

    The shud have added BD & Zimbabwe to that list required to qualify, their cricket has been very disappointing, especially BD. I really like BD supporters who have been supporting BD irrespective of their results hoping that some day their idols will start winning but the wait is way too long and we are still waiting....

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    and insallah pakistan will win upcoming t20 world cup................................

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | December 21, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    Agree that T20 world cup should have remained at 16 teams. If only 12 teams I don't see why Ban and Zim should automatically qualify. I can't remember either team beating one of the bigger countries in a T20 match!

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    IRELAND AND CANADA for sure.

  • POSTED BY rushan811 on | December 21, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    best of luck for oman,italy,usa

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I know this time Nepal gonna do something special...Best of Luck Nepal

  • POSTED BY Nish8738 on | December 21, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Ireland and Afghanistan should make it. Unless Holland can pull a magic!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan ...InshAllah they will qualify again..

  • POSTED BY theswami on | December 21, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Group A is a tough pick Afghan/Orange with Canada as the wild card choice. Group B looks like a clean sail for Ireland but their Gaelic cousins The Scots or the Kenyans can't be taken lightly. Namibia too is a good team.

    This tournament should have been 8 teams with more round robin games. Afghan, Netherlands, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Kenya, Namibia & Uganda should have been the only countries selected.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | December 21, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    LOL Italy USA sounds good. I hope i won't see Asian players oriented USA or Italian teams. Would love to see Chinese Cricket team too.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    First 3 teams from both the group have fair chance of grabbing the spot, I am not against rest but they are real minnows at current time. But best of luck for all the teams may the best team wins.

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | December 21, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    72 matches in 12 days?? seriously???!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Shame on the ICC for cutting this event from 16 to 12 teams. The 2009 Baseball World Cup featured 22 teams, from as far flung as South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Cuba, Netherlands, South Africa and Venezuela. It is absolutely ridiculous that cricket's governing body is seeking to shrivel its market.

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 21, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Group A will be the most interesting for first place with Afganistan and Netherlands both close. Third I expect Canada easy. Group B should be Ireland top of group easy. Kenya, Scotland and Namibia will be close for second, third and fourth. I expect Namibia to miss out. I expect Ireland to win the first Semi against Afganistan to qualify. I expect Netherlands to beat Kenya and Scotland beat Canada in quarters with Netherlands beating Scotland in the Semi. In the final-playoff I expect Afganistan and Netherlands to be a close match with Afganistan winning. The final between Ireland and Afganistan I expect Afganistan to win as Ireland players like last time wont have the focus to win (having already qualified), although Ireland will be rested, so it will be interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    the ICC should be ashamed of themselves, making ALL these teams qualify for two Spots, EXPAND THE T-20 WORLD CUP !!!!

  • POSTED BY Muzgrob on | December 21, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I still believe it should be a 16 team tournament that these associates are trying to qualify for, this just seems like to many teams for 2 positions now... But oh well, the ICC don't know what they're doing... Hopefully they figure it out for the next one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan and Oman

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I Hope Afghanistan will reserve it spot again in World T20

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Go PNG, even Nepal or Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    C'mon Ireland, lets get this sorted :)...

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  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    C'mon Ireland, lets get this sorted :)...

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    Go PNG, even Nepal or Afghanistan

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    I Hope Afghanistan will reserve it spot again in World T20

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan and Oman

  • POSTED BY Muzgrob on | December 21, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    I still believe it should be a 16 team tournament that these associates are trying to qualify for, this just seems like to many teams for 2 positions now... But oh well, the ICC don't know what they're doing... Hopefully they figure it out for the next one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    the ICC should be ashamed of themselves, making ALL these teams qualify for two Spots, EXPAND THE T-20 WORLD CUP !!!!

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | December 21, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Group A will be the most interesting for first place with Afganistan and Netherlands both close. Third I expect Canada easy. Group B should be Ireland top of group easy. Kenya, Scotland and Namibia will be close for second, third and fourth. I expect Namibia to miss out. I expect Ireland to win the first Semi against Afganistan to qualify. I expect Netherlands to beat Kenya and Scotland beat Canada in quarters with Netherlands beating Scotland in the Semi. In the final-playoff I expect Afganistan and Netherlands to be a close match with Afganistan winning. The final between Ireland and Afganistan I expect Afganistan to win as Ireland players like last time wont have the focus to win (having already qualified), although Ireland will be rested, so it will be interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Shame on the ICC for cutting this event from 16 to 12 teams. The 2009 Baseball World Cup featured 22 teams, from as far flung as South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Cuba, Netherlands, South Africa and Venezuela. It is absolutely ridiculous that cricket's governing body is seeking to shrivel its market.

  • POSTED BY DeepakSarathy on | December 21, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    72 matches in 12 days?? seriously???!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    First 3 teams from both the group have fair chance of grabbing the spot, I am not against rest but they are real minnows at current time. But best of luck for all the teams may the best team wins.