The sun never sets in the world of international cricket. As we enter the final phase of the ongoing Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup, the ICC has already notified us about the next mega event on its calendar. We are talking about the next edition of the T20 World Cup.
Cricket Fans Excited At The Prospect Of Back-To-back World Cups
It was decided earlier by the ICC to turn the elite T20 event from a quadrennial to a biennial event. Since the pandemic prevented the ICC to conduct the World Cup last year, it got moved to the current season. Therefore there will be a World Cup next year again. The 2022 edition will be hosted by Australia.
Major Teams To Miss Out On Automatic Super 12 Qualification
As a shock and surprise to many, heavyweights Sri Lanka and West Indies have missed the bus to book their seats in the Super 12 round next year. Their miserable run of form has led them to drop down to the 9th and 10th places, respectively.
The ongoing Men’s T20 World Cup has seriously influenced the ICC T20 team rankings. A country like Afghanistan, which is yet to get Test-playing status, has shown their mettle throughout the tournament and has risen to 7th position. Bangladesh, which occupies 8th position in the latest ICC rankings, did not fare particularly well in the World Cup. But their overall performances in their T20 season have propelled them to their current spot.
ICC’s Unique Formula To Fill Up Super 12 Spots
For next year’s T20 World Cup, the ICC had provided a formula to fill up the automatic qualifying places in the Super 12 stage. The teams finishing as champions and runners-up would go directly into that group. The next six places would be taken up by the next top six teams in the ranking chart.
The cut-off date that would decide who finishes where in the rankings will be November 15. However, it is highly unlikely that the rankings would alter from where it stands now. The top six T20 teams as per the latest report are- England, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Since two teams would reach the final out of these six teams, the teams occupying the 7the and 8th positions would also enter the fray. In this case, those teams are Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
West Indies Reach A New Low
The mighty West Indies have lost much of their sheen. Being a winner on two occasions, a lot was expected of them this year. But they went on to lose four out of the five group matches that they played. In their clash against England, the very team they defeated heroically in 2016 to become champions, the West Indies could put up only 55 runs while batting.
This was also the last time that viewers got to see the veterans Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo in the West Indies attire. With their retirement, a golden chapter of Windies cricket has come to an end. Having carried the burden of the country’s pressure for such a long time, filling up their shoes would be quite hard for the new crop of players.
Afghanistan Breaks Into The Top 8 For The First Time
This has been the tournament of the minnows. Teams like Afghanistan and Namibia have shown that with proper coaching and direction, a lot can be achieved in a short time. Going toe to toe with established cricketing nations, these so-called ‘minnows’ have displayed great courage and grit putting in determined performances throughout the tournament. But none have impressed as much as Afghanistan. Their all-around display has made it clear that very soon they would start winning against the big teams.
India Secures A Place In The Super 12 Group
Although Team India did not succeed in its objectives in the World Cup, they have done enough in this calendar year to cement a rank of 3rd in the rankings. Hence, they would be part of the Super 12 group and would not be playing any qualifying matches.
After a heartbreaking outing in the UAE, the Men in Blue would be looking forward to a brighter future ahead of them. With a change in captaincy and coaching, with Virat Kohli stepping down and Rahul Dravid taking over as the new head coach, a lot needs to be seen as to how the Indian camp can regroup itself and become the world-dominating force it is widely known to be.