November 30, 2021, 19:58

    T20 World Cup guide: Every team in profile including star players as extravaganza begins

    T20 World Cup guide: Every team in profile including star players as extravaganza begins

    The Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup is set to get underway tomorrow, with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Scotland and Namibia all successfully qualifying from the first round of the tournament.

    Ireland, the Netherlands, Oman and Papua New Guinea have all been eliminated, with the final first round games concluding on Friday.

    The Super 12 stage will see the teams split into two groups, with Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in one group and Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland and Namibia in the other.

    As the business end of the tournament gets underway, Mirror Sport gives you the lowdown on the remaining 12 teams.

    The Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup is set to get underway tomorrow
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    GROUP 1

    Australia

    Coach: Justin Langer

    Captain: Aaron Finch

    Best performance: Runners-up 2010

    Star Player: Glenn Maxwell – Coming into the tournament off the back of an impressive IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Maxwell is a potential game changer with both bat and ball.

    Profile: Australia have no form coming into this tournament, and their champion players are getting on. Pressure could build on the coach with a poor tournament.

    England

    Coach: Chris Silverwood

    Captain: Eoin Morgan

    Best performance: Winners 2010

    Star Player: Jos Buttler – One of the best T20 players ever, an excellent 73 in the second warm-up game against New Zealand underlined just how dangerous Buttler can be.

    Profile: Choc full of talent, the number one T20 side in the world have a great chance of completing a World Cup double even without Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.

    Jos Buttler will be key to England's chances of winning a World Cup double
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    South Africa

    Coach: Mark Boucher

    Captain: Temba Bavuma

    Star Player: Quinton de Kock – A magnificent ball striker at the top of the order, South Africa's chances of posting competitive totals will surely hinge on the form of De Kock.

    Best performance: Semi-final 2009 and 2014

    Profile: Little is expected of the Proteas without their legends of the recent past, but watch out for the most potent pace duo on show of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.

    West Indies

    Coach: Phil Simmons

    Captain: Kieron Pollard

    Star Player: Andre Russell – In a batting line-up full of big hitters, Russell's ability as an elite finisher stands out. Will be incredibly dangerous provided he can stay fit.

    Best Performance: Winners 2012 and 2016

    Profile: Talk of a trio of victories for the Windies is far from premature. They have the biggest hitters in a tournament of big hitters and they keep coming.

    Shakib al Hasan has already put in some impressive all-round performances for Bangladesh at the World Cup
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    Bangladesh

    Coach: Russell Domingo

    Captain: Mahmudullah

    Star Player: Shakib al Hasan – The leading T20I wicket-taker for a reason, Shakib has already put in some stellar all-round performances to help Bangladesh reach the Super 12s.

    Best Performance: Super 8s 2007

    Profile: The fact they had to qualify for the group stages and did so with a defeat to Scotland means they are rightly unfancied, but Shakib al Hasan is a world class all rounder.

    Sri Lanka

    Coach: Mickey Arthur

    Captain: Dasum Shanaka

    Star Player: Wanindu Hasaranga – An aggressive leg spinning all-rounder, Hasaranga's stock is very much on the rise in T20 cricket and he has already starred with both bat and ball at this World Cup.

    Best Performance: Winners 2014

    Profile: A proud nation is struggling to hit the heights of former glories. It will be remarkable if they make it out of the group stage.

    Afghanistan's Rashid Khan is the best T20 spinner in the world
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    GROUP 2

    Afghanistan

    Coach: Lance Klusener

    Captain: Mohammad Nabi

    Star Player: Rashid Khan – The crown jewel in a formidable spin attack, Rashid is a truly elite bowler in this form of the game as well as a dangerous lower order hitter.

    Best performance: Super 10s 2016

    Profile: A remarkable effort to qualify in the top 8, but then they do have the best T20 spinner in the world and a ferocious boundary hitting lineup. Capable of multiple ‘upsets’.

    India

    Coach: Ravi Shastri

    Captain: Virat Kohli

    Star Player: Virat Kohli – In what will be his final tournament as India's T20 captain, Kohli will desperate to end his tenure with silverware. A bonafide superstar.

    Best performance: Winners 2007

    Profile: Tournament favourites for a reason. World class players in every department who have all been playing extensively at the IPL in the UAE.

    Virat Kohli will be desperate to end his time as India's T20 skipper with a World Cup win
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    New Zealand

    Coach: Gary Stead

    Captain: Kane Williamson

    Star Player: Trent Boult – A quality performer in all formats, the left-arm quick has a good record in subcontinent conditions for IPL side Mumbai Indians and he will spearhead an impressive New Zealand pace attack.

    Best performance: Semi-final 2006 and 2016

    Profile: Supposed tournament dark horses everytime which is nonsense as they are a well drilled high quality side. Could go very far indeed.

    Pakistan

    Coach: Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander

    Captain: Babar Azam

    Star Player: Babar Azam – Much of Pakistan's success will hinge on the form of their formidable opening partnership, with captain Babar and Mohammad Rizwan the two leading run scorers in T20I cricket this year.

    Best performance: Winners 2009

    Profile: No team knows the conditions in the UAE better than Pakistan and they have the talent to make the most of it. Babar Azam is a bonafide batting superstar.

    Scotland have already had an excellent showing at the World Cup by reaching the Super 12s
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    Scotland

    Coach: Shane Burger

    Captain: Kyle Coetzer

    Star Player: Brad Wheal – In a side full of established County performers, Wheal's express pace and ability to bowl at the death makes him a standout.

    Best performance: Super 12 stage 2021

    Three wins out of three including over Bangladesh to reach the group stage tells you Scotland are in form. They have great belief they can beat anyone and why not.

    Namibia

    Coach: Pierre de Bruyn

    Captain: Gerhard Erasmus

    Star Player: David Wiese – It was a well-drilled team that ensured Namibia qualified for the World Cup back in 2019 and the addition of Wiese has simply added a touch more quality to a side that have already surpassed expectations.

    Best performance: Super 12s 2021

    A cool chase to down Ireland in a winner take all clash gave Namibia their deserved spot in the Super 12s. Former South African international and Sussex T20 legend David Wiese will do the heavy lifting.

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