ICC World Twenty20 2012 December 21, 2011

Sixteen teams compete for two World T20 spots

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • John 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Afghan ftw cuz they have no fear

  • Cricket Fan 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

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2011, 0:39 GMT

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

  • Alan on December 22, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @ Edd Oliver and Balldiñho 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.

  • Oneil 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.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    Afghanistan will be the winner of this tournament Inshallah

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