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Sri Lanka 6.50
South Africa, West Indies, 7.00
New Zealand 10.00
Ireland, Afghanistan 301.00 ,
UAE, Netherlands, Nepal, Hong Kong 501.0
* Odds supplied by www.Sportsbet.com.au
Group A: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Hong Kong
Bangladesh is $1.14 favourite with Sportsbet to advance through to the Super 10 stage of the tournament and it’s hard seeing cricket minnows Afghanistan, Nepal or Hong Kong qualifying ahead of them.
Group B: Zimbabwe, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands
Zimbabwe ($1.72 with Sportsbet) and Ireland ($2.14) are the two clear standouts to advance through to the super 10s with United Arab Emirates and Netherlands expected to fill the lower two rungs of the ladder. Zimbabwe is stronger than Ireland on paper and is my tip to move through to Group 1.
Group 1: Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Qualifier from Group B
Sri Lanka is the no.1 ranked T20 side in the world and will fancy its chances of advancing through to the knockout stages. Sri Lanka has several of the most destructive T20 batsmen in the World including Kumar Sangakarra, Kusal Perera and Tillekeratne Dilshan. Paceman Lasith Malinga is still one of the best T20 bowlers in the world and looms as a key to their chances.
South Africa is ranked third in the ICC T20 world ratings and is a very disciplined outfit under Faf Du Plessis. Any team that has AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and JP Duminy in it will be hard to beat. Quinton de Kock is one of the most exciting young players in the world and don’t be surprised to see him play a prominent role during the tournament. Dale Steyn looms as a key with the ball for the South Africans.
New Zealand is a hard team to gauge, it can do the unthinkable, but in the blink of an eye it can throw it away. Brendan McCullum, who is the no.1 ranked T20 batsman, is in the form of his life as shown by his triple century in the Test arena. Martin Guptill is also rated highly with the bat but arguably the Kiwis most explosive batsman Jessie Ryder has been left out of the squad because of his behaviour off-field. The Kiwis have named a spin friendly squad with Roneel Hira, Anton Devcich and part-time spinner Kane Williamson included.
England will have to lift dramatically if it is to make it past the super 10s. Whether it has the players to do so remains to be seen. Stuart Broad will captain this young England team with the biggest surprise being that they forced Kevin Pieterson into retirement by leaving him out of all of their national teams. Alex Hales endured a lean Big Bash League by his standards and the world’s no.2 ranked T20 batsman needs a lift. Luke Wright, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Jade Dernbach, and Jos Buttler all have plenty of ability but have yet to really fire on the international stage. Broad and Tim Bresnan will need to bowl well.
Our bet: Back Sri Lanka to top group 1 and advance through to the knockout stages at $3 with Sportsbet. South Africa is at $3.25 and deserve some consideration. Steer clear of England who were disappointing in Australia and our Jekyll and Hyde neighbour New Zealand.
Group 2: India, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, Qualifier from group A
Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh are all in the top 10 of the official T20 batsmen rankings and all will enjoy the conditions in Bangladesh. The Indians are a bit of an unknown quantity heading into this tournament. They have the ability to rumble with anyone but also lack depth in the bowling department, which could prove their undoing. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and paceman Mohit Sharma must have productive tournaments with the ball.
Pakistan will enter the T20 World Cup with an experienced line-up after recalling Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik to its team. Akmal’s inclusion is baffling given his younger brother Umar is Pakistan’s keeper and they don’t need a back-up for the World Cup. Captain and star all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez carries much responsibility for the Pakistanis while Shahid Afridi looms as wildcard with his wily spin and hard-hitting. Seven players – Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Afridi, Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul – remain from the team that lifted the T20 World Cup trophy in 2009 at Lords.
The West Indies will need a lot to go right if they are to defend the T20 World Cup title they won in 2012. They still have some genuine match-winners including Chris Gayle, although his star has waned somewhat since the 2012 tournament. Sunil Narine is a first-rate spinner in T20 and must have a strong tournament if the West Indies are to push to the knockout stage.
Australia has wound back the clock with several surprise selections for the World Cup. They have chosen 43-year-old Brad Hogg and 39-year-old Brad Hodge. On paper it seems bizarre but both excelled in their disciplines during the Big Bash League. David Warner, Shane Watson, George Bailey and Aaron Finch are all A-grade T20 players and potential match-winners. The Aussies have also included former captain Cameron White after he starred for Melbourne Stars, while Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner are outstanding all-round options.
Our bet: Back the Aussies to top group 2 with Sportsbet at $3.60. The Aussies are full of confidence at the moment and should be able to handle favourite India, who are at $2.88.
This is a hard one to predict because of the fickle nature of the shortest format of cricket. Nearly every top-flight international team has a player capable of topping the runs in Bangladesh.
From an Australian perspective, we have four legitimate chances, who are explosive opener David Warner, star all-rounder Shane Watson, captain George Bailey and the world’s no.3 ranked T20 batsman Aaron Finch. I’m leaning towards Warner as the pick of them because of his extensive experience in T20s in sub-continent conditions.
But the leading run-scorer in Bangladesh could just as easily come from the West Indies or New Zealand who have Chris Gayle and Brendan McCallum in their batting line-ups.
South Africa has several batsmen capable of making big scores with AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla both in great form as shown by their performance in the Test series against Australia.
It’s hard to take much notice of the ICC World Cup T20 bowling rankings because a lot of the best bowlers are kept in cotton wool during T20 international series.
Australian ace Mitch Johnson is a logical choice, as is South African firebrand Dale Steyn but you need to think a bit deeper in this case.
Bangladesh’s wickets are expected to heavily favour spin which means players like Brad Hogg, James Muirhead and Glenn Maxwell could take a lot of wickets for Australia.
Outside of Australian chances, West Indian unorthodox spinner Sunil Narine is a tough bowler to face in the T20 format and looms as a strong chance of topping the wickets.
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Pakistani’s Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal should also enjoy the conditions.
* Always check team line-ups: While it won’t be so bad at the World Cup. Many international teams give their frontline players a break during the shortest format. It doesn’t take much time to quickly check who is playing.
* Understand the conditions: If Australia is playing in India against India, the conditions will favour the home team considerably . In the case of the T20 World Cup, Bangladesh is expected to favour spinners, so be sure you know what you’re doing when you back a paceman to take most wickets.
* Form: Winning is a habit and if a team is doing that and their opposition is not I know who I would rather be on.
* Find the best odds: There are sometimes big differences in odds between Australian bookies on the same event. It doesn’t take long to do a quick check around to make sure you are getting the best odds.
It is considered to be a developing cricketing nation and has had limited success on the international stage.
Tickets for the T20 World Cup sold out in a matter of hours with cricket mad India and Pakistan not far away.
The ICC view Bangladesh as a growth corridor and the peoples’ reaction to the T20 cup has proved their belief to be correct.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Taraki, Najibullah Zadran, Nawroz Mangal, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran
Australia: George Bailey (captain), Daniel Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, James Muirhead, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal
England: Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright
Hong Kong: Jamie Atkinson (captain), Aizaz Khan, Mark Chapman, Ehsan Nawaz, Haseeb Amjad, Babar Hayat, Irfan Ahmed, Roy Lamsam, Munir Dar, Nadeem Ahmed, Najeeb Amar, Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Barkat
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O`Brien, Niall O`Brien, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.
Nepal: Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhaayer, Shakti Gauchan, Sompal Kami, Avinash Karn, Subash Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma.
Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Talha, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar
South Africa: Francois du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardena, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
United Arab Emirates: Khurram Khan (captain), Ahmed Raza, Amjad Ali, Amjad Javed, Asadullah Shareef, Faizan Asif, Kamran Shahzad, Manjula Guruge, Moaaz Qazi, Rohan Mustafa, Swapnil Patil, Rohit Singh, Shadeep Silva, Shaiman Anwar, Vikrant Shetty
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.
* Zimbabwe had not released their squad at time of publication.
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