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ICC T20 World Cup: The Gala Event Kicks Off Today 

Saleque Sufi |
Update: 2021-10-17 13:33:23
ICC T20 World Cup: The Gala Event Kicks Off Today 

The gala event of the cricket world Men’s T20 world cup 2021 finally takes off today with host Oman playing against Paua New Gunea in the qualifying match of Group B. That match would be followed by Bangladesh playing Scotland. 

The 16 nations event would be played in two tires as 8 top teams in ICC ranking divided in two groups would be waiting for 4 qualifiers for the Super 12 round. West Indies reigning Champions of the last two world cup events is grouped with England, Australia and South Africa. The other group has traditional rivals India, Pakistan alongside New Zealand and Afghanistan. T20 is like a gamble where you win some and loose some. Sky Bet currently has India as the team to beat at 5/2, followed by England at 3/1 and West Indies at 6/1. 

At least 7 teams including West Indies have the potential for winning the trophy this year for having many match-winning champion players. West Indies, India, England and New Zealand based on their recent forms are stand out teams. Pakistan, Australia and South Africa with a little bit of luck going their way can also feature among top four upsetting the favourites. 

Any player playing an outstanding innings with the bat or any bowler bowling an inspired spell can change the fate of a tight match. UAE wickets (Dubai, Sarjah and Abu Dhabi) favours batsmen. Usually matches would be high scoring. But these days quality bowlers whether pace of spin knows how to bowl tight and win matches. Please wait for matches with mouthwatering and exciting contests. 

ICC Men’s T20 World CUP2020 scheduled to be held in Australia was to be Rescheduled in 2022 for COVID impacts. Even this tournament supposed to be held in India has been relocated to UAE and Oman for COVID avalanche in India.

As we know 16 teams eight already booking their place in the Super 12 in two groups would be waiting for 4 other teams qualifying from round 1.

Bangladeshis will be looking for the tigers roaring right from today in their match against Scotland. The other two teams in their group are host Oman and Papua New Guinea. There were some worries expressed in social media from Bangladesh losing back-to-back matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland. Wins could be moral boosters. But nothing much should be concluded from practice matches as teams experiment with combinations. Champion all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was with IPL franchise KKR, captain Mahmudullah was nursing injury. A little worry could be lack of form of Mushfique. But a champion player Mushfique needs one good innings to kick into his brilliant best.

It was good that practice matches gave wake up call to Bangladesh. They cannot afford relaxing. They must play fearless aggressive cricket making a strong statement today.t Given the present state of the team and importance of the context would suggest appearing with the following playing XI:
Liton K Das, Sheik Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman. 

As for the tournament again mentioning West Indies, India, New Zealand and England in my opinion are the teams those have their noses in front. West Indies has too many champion players. At 8 in the team can turn matches upside down with solo performance. India is balanced all round team with all points covered. New Zealand and England are also well equipped. Pakistan on its day can turn the table on any team. Australia and South Africa are good and possibly not good enough for going all the way. Over all cricket lovers can have a festival cricket from wherever in the world they are. 
BDST: 1333 HRS, OCT 17, 2021

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