2010 T20 World Cup Preview

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What Lies in Store for the 2010 T20 World Cup?

As one T20 tournament closes amidst a whirlwind of scandal and controversy, another T20 tournament opens with less than a week’s break. It’s time for the third installment of the T20 World Cup. India won the inaugural event in 2007 and only last year Pakistan lifted the trophy in its second outing. As with so many sports – cricket, golf, tennis just off the top of my head – the British invented the 20 over format and then the rest of the world showed them how to play the game as Harsha Bhogle explains.  Now it’s already time for T20 World Cup number 3 in 2010 as the West Indies are the hosts. Exciting times lie ahead…

What predictions can be made? Which players will hold the key? Is T20 still somewhat of a lottery?

This one is too hard to call as ever but I’m gonna stick my neck out and make some predictions that will no doubt come back and bite me.

Wanna Have Your Say? Please shoot me down in the comments


First things first let’s take a look at the format and see how things are likely to pan out in the early stages.

Here’s how group stages line up:

Group A – Pakistan (A1), Australia  and Bangladesh (A2)
Group B – Sri Lanka (B1), New Zealand (B2) and Zimbabwe
Group C – South Africa (C1), India (C2) and Afghanistan
Group D – West Indies (D1), England (D2) and Ireland

Here’s how the Super 8s work…

Group E –A1, B2, C1 and D2 – Likely to be Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, and England
Group F –A2, B1, C2, and D1 – Likely to be Australia, Sri Lanka, India, and West Indies

Let’s take a look at the teams in turn…

AFGHANISTAN

You can write everything I know about Afghani cricket on the back of my hand. It’s an incredible feat to have made it to the world cup and great to see a new emerging cricket nation. Their prospects surely look meek though.

Squad: Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Ahmadzai, Hamid Hassan, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Nasratullah, Noor Ali,Nowroz Mangal, Raees Ahmadzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Shabir Noori, Shafiqullah, Shapoor Zadran

Match-winners: none

Prediction: Group Stages

AUSTRALIA

After an immensely disappointing tournament in 2009 the Australian’s find themselves seeded 9. That’s more lopsided than your typical ICC ranking.  And it’s a fool who writes off the Australians. The Australian squad selection is baffling to say the least. Doug Bollinger, who arrived late on the scene for Chennai was arguably instrumental in their IPL crown, was inexplicably left out of the squad. Dougie would be considered by many to be in the top 5 best bowlers in the world on current form. Ryan Harris, who was initially left out, comes in for Brett Lee. Australia have gone for all out pass as opposed to guile in their attack. Will this backfire considering the slow and low pitch predictions?

Their batting is as strong as ever with power hitting throughout. James Hopes and Mitchell Johnson are handy down the order. And Dave Warner and Shane Watson could tee off. I wouldn’t write them off.

Squad: Michael Clarke (captain), Cameron White (vc), Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, David Hussey, David Warner  Steven Smith, Daniel Christain, Michael Hussey, Tim Paine, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Hauritz, Shaun Tait,  Dirk Nannes

Most Likely Match-winners: Shane Watson, Dave Warner

Prediction: Super 8s

BANGLADESH

Boy Bangladesh have come a long way in international cricket. There still might be a great divide in the longer form of the game between them and the other top teams, but T20 levels the playing field. Their young team thrives in T20 and if Tamim Iqbal gives it some tap, who knows if they might spring another upset.

Squad: Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Aftab Ahmed, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Md. Ashrafull, Tamim Iqbal, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Jaurul Islam, Abdur Razzak, M.Rahim (WK), Sued Rasel.

Match-winners: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah

Prediction: Group stages

ENGLAND

You never want to tempt fate when you’re an English cricket fan. It’s like rule number 1. But I have a weird feeling inside – a good feeling – that for once they might actually perform in the shortest form of the game. With a new opening partnership of Kieswetter and Lumb there is some big hitting up front. Paul Collingwood has developed a power hitting game that did not exist prior, and he joins Shah, Pietersen and Morgan in what might prove to be a formidable middle order. Question marks remain over England’s less than reliable attack. Broad and Anderson lack control and can rarely keep it together for a whole tournament. But who knows, we can dare to dream right?

Squad: Paul Collingwood (Captain), K.Pietersen, Craig Kieswetter (WK), Ravi Bopara, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, M.Yardy, James Tredwell, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Ajmal Shahzad, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan.

Match-winners: Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter

Prediction: runners up

INDIA

India love the shortest format of the game. They have a team full of match-winners, even without Sehwag. I could easily add to the list below. The conditions are also set to suit them, slow and low will assist their spin attack and Zaheer Khan’s accuracy is a huge strength. Harbhajan might just explode at any point as well. The captaincy of MS Dhoni is inspired. I think they’ll go all the way.

Squad: M S Dhoni (Captain & WK), M.Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, R.Vinay Kumar.

Match-winners: M S Dhoni, M.Vijay, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan

Prediction: winners

IRELAND

With Ireland’s best cricketers being poached by their English counterparts it’s hardly surprising that we don’t fancy their chances much. They’ve pulled some upsets in the past but surely the IPL has seen the game evolve?

Squad: William Porterfield (Captain), Peter Connell, Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Andre Botha, Gary Kidd, Niall O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson (WK), Andrew White, Boyd Rankin, John Mooney, Nigel Jones, George Dockrell.

Match-winners: None

Prediction: Group stages

NEW ZEALAND

I would absolutely love to see Daniel Vettori – the most hard working cricketer on the planet – finally get some kind of reward for years of torment. There are some match-winners in the batting lineup with strong power hitting from McCullum, Taylor, Ryder and Oram. The bowling is one of the weakest of the top teams with Shane Bond the only likely wicket taker.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Brendon McCullum (WK), Ross Taylor, M.Guptil, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Rob Nicol, Garath Hopkins, Kyle Mills, Ian Butler, Shane Bond, Tim Southee.

Match-winners: Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder

Prediction: Super 8s

PAKISTAN

Everybody wrote them off last year and look what happened. I was actually in a Tooting curry house in South London (a big Pakistani suburb) witnessing the final and it was really fantastic to see the fans rejoicing in such a high amidst the many lows of recent Pakistani cricket. It hasn’t taken them to higher heights since and they are probably at en even lower point than they were in 2009.  Who knows if the omission from the IPL might spur them on once more? I think it’s a step too far. Watch out for Boom Boom!

Squad: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (WK), Misbah-Ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Umar Akmal, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amer, Saeed Ajmal, Md. Hafeez, Abdur Rehman, Md. Sami.

Match-winners: Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal

Prediction: Super 8s

SOUTH AFRICA

One of the strongest teams in the tournament without a doubt. Dale Steyn is the best quick in the world right now. Jacques Kallis has proven himself time after time to eclipse the younger T20 batting generation. He hits big and he bats through, what more could you ask for? The aggressive captaincy of Graeme Smith is sure to help their cause.

Squad: Graeme Smith (Captain), Jaques Kallis, AB De Villiers, Loots Bosman, H.Gibbs, JP Duminy, Albie Morkel, R van der merwe, Juan Theron, M.Morkel, M.Boucher (WK), Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, J.Botha, Dale Steyn.

Match-winners: Graeme Smith, Jaques Kallis, Dale Steyn

Prediction: Semi Finalists

SRI LANKA

The conditions are set to favour the Sri Lankans. The slow and low pitches might be conducive to spin, and their  spin attack is the best in town. Kumar Sangakara is an accomplished captain and they have a lot of old and very cool heads in the middle order. Can Dilshan rediscover his form that eluded him in the IPL? Lasith Malinga is probably the quick most suited to the T20 format and he didn’t fail to disappoint in the IPL. They’ll surely go far.

Squad: Kumar Sangakara (Captain & WK), Sanath Jayasuriya, T.Dilshan, C.Kapugedara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, C.Jayasinghe, L.Malinga, N.Kulasekara, M.Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, C.Welegedara.

Match-winners: Kumar Sangakara, L.Malinga, T. Dilshan

Prediction: Semi-Finalists

WEST INDIES

The world of cricket would love the hosts to go far. Kieron Pollard has shown his meteoric price tag in the IPL was justified. Might he have steered Mumbai to victory if he had more time in the middle in the final? We’ll never know the answer to that but we do know that he, alongside Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo, is a player that the Windies hopes will be resting on. The Windies can definitely spring a few surprises and a semi-final berth is not out of the question.

Squad: Chris Gayle (Captain), S.Chanderpaul, D.Bravo, K.Pollard, Andre Fletcher, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, N.Deonariane, S.Benn, N.Miller, Denesh Ramdin (WK), Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Jerome Taylor.

Match-winners: Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard

Prediction: Super 8s

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe are the most likely of the 3 lesser sides to spring a surprise. They had an encouraging victory over the Aussies in the warm-up to boot as well. It’s great to see Andy Blignaut back in the game after a long absence. The super 8s are unlikely but not impossible.

Squad: Prosper Utseya (Captain), Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Andy Blignaut, Greg Lamb, Tatenda Taibu (WK), Graeme Cremer, Brendan Taylor, Vusi Sibanda, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Timycen Maruma.

Match-winners: Andy Blignaut, Elton Chigumbura

Prediction: Group Stages


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Comments

  1. says

    So you’re going for India to beat England in the final, and I’m going for the same two sides in the final and the opposite result!

  2. David Siddall says

    so we’ll probably both be wrong. Let’s hope england can start well tonight

  3. yasar says

    according to me its going to be india and aussie in final …i want india to win …but still i guess aussie will make it this tym !! so ind vs aussie final ..and aus winner of 2010

  4. David Siddall says

    You might well be right mo. But it’s ok for some englishmen to dream right? India and australia have both looked impressive so far.

  5. raju says

    i thing srilankh and england will be in final and england will win the t20 world cup

  6. Aatish P. says

    ICC World T20 2010 Champions – Probables in descending order –
    1.Australia
    2.India
    3.South Africa
    4.Sri Lanka/England(50-50 chance)

    Thanks.

  7. Asghar Ali says

    ha ha ha all the predictions went wrong…India didnt reach semis while srilanka reached.

    My predictions are the final will be between England and Australia where Australi will be the winner….

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