This ICC Men’s T20 world cup is going to be the seventh edition of the tournament. At first, only 12 teams used to be in the t20 world cup, but due to criticism of not giving the associate members not enough chance to play at the international platforms, ICC started the format where 16 teams would play the tournament including ten permanent members and six associate members of ICC.
Up until the deadline of 30 December 2018, eight full members qualified for the T20 world cup 2021. These teams entered the Super 12s stage. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are to play the first round of the T20 world cup, and they will be joined by six other groups that were qualified through the 2019 qualifier tournament that was played in the United Arab Emirates. From this round One, four teams will be selected which will join the eight teams in the Super 12s stages of the tournament.
T20 World Cup 2021 Participating Teams
For the seventh edition of the T20 world cup that is going to be played from the 18th of October 2021, there are only 16 teams that are to play further matches. But in the true sense, more teams were in a race to play the tournament. For the full members, they had to rank in the top eight up until the given deadline by ICC to be qualified for the super 12 stages.
Six teams from the associate nations are to play the tournament as well, and they were to be selected through a qualifier that was played in 2019 in UAE. So we can theoretically say that a lot more teams participated in getting selected in the T20 world cup. And they are listed below:
- South Africa
- West Indies
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
- Papua New Guinea
- Hong Kong
T20 World Cup Qualified Teams list
ICC T20 world cup is going to be played from the 18th of October to the 15th of November 2021. A total of 16 teams are going to be participating in the event. Following is the list of the teams which got qualified by ranking in the top 8 in ICC T20 Ranking until the deadline of 30 December 2018. These teams also are qualified for the super 12s Stage of the tournament or the Second round of the T20 world cup.
|Sri Lanka||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|Bangladesh||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|Netherlands||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|England||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|South Africa||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|New Zealand||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|West Indies||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
|Afghanistan||Qualified For Super 12s Stage|
These are the teams that got qualified for the super 12s stage of the T20 world cup. But these are just eight teams, and it is called the super 12s, is it not? So yeah there are still four more teams that are to be selected from the following list of teams that will play around one. Among the following teams, 6 are the teams that played the 2019 qualifier round, and these were teams from the associate members. Among them are also Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which failed to rank among the top 8 until the given deadline.
So the following is the list of teams that will be the Round one in this T20 world cup for the place in the Round Two or super 12s.
|Sri Lanka||Qualified for Group Stage|
|Bangladesh||Qualified for Group Stage|
|Netherlands||Qualified for Group Stage|
As you know from this article that the format of the tournament is such that a total of sixteen teams are going to play the World T20 tournament. But can we call all of them Qualified for the tournament? In true sense the teams that truly qualified for the T20 world cup are the ones which are going to compete in the Super 12s stage, and for that, up until now only eight teams have managed to qualify, and these teams are as following:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- West Indies
T20 World Cup Best Team
Whenever there is any sporting tournament, we all have our favorites, and it’s just a matter of personal preference. You might have a different team that you can regard as best in this t20 world cup. I have some opinions regarding the best teams in this t20 world cup. It’s just all relative, and we are all free to have different opinions. According to my personal opinion and statistics, I have two teams that I consider to be the T20 world cup best teams. First is the number one ranking T20 team Pakistan and second ones are the Aussies who are going to have the massive advantage of playing at the home grounds
Pakistan is the most unpredictable team when it comes to cricket in general. There is no consistency to them when it comes to performing in cricket. On their day they might become unbeatable and win the matches from the most bizarre scenarios, and they may lose an already won match from a really low ranking team when the lady luck is not on their side. T20 cricket, in general, is such a format of the game where the stats, the experience, the technique becomes irrelevant. All that matters in this format is the luck of the team or even the luck of a single individual.
All in all, it’s a perfect format for a team like Pakistan cricket team and right now, Pakistan despite not showing any individual performances in One-day internationals or Test matches are ranking number one in the T20 format of the game. Pakistan cricket team has some perfect time when it comes to T20 cricket.
They played the final of the very first T20 world cup, won the next one and has had some of the best T20 players in the whole world like Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir and now their most promising player in the format Babar Azam. Due to such an outstanding form and rhythm that the team has had in the past year, it won all the 6 T20i series that Pakistan played with the exception of the Sri Lankan cricket team. That is the reason that it will not be wrong if we regard Pakistan as one of the best T20 world cup teams this season and strong contenders for the tournament.
Ranking just below Pakistan in ICC T20I rankings, Aussies are going to be tough costumers this edition of the t20 world cup. Aussies, despite now playing much t20 cricket last year showed an outstanding result in the three series that they played, winning two of them against Sri Lanka and India. But one thing that we must not forget is that Australians are going to have a massive advantage in their home conditions. They cashed this well when they played the 2015 edition of the world cup on their home soil and won the finals against New Zealand.
They sure are going to be a force to be reckoned with in this T20 world cup as they will be playing in known conditions and will have massive support from their home. Out of 43 T20 matches that the Aussies played on their home grounds, they won 27 of them with an outstanding Win-loss ratio of 1.9. This certainly makes Australia Best T20 world cup team this season.
T20 World Cup Official Squad Announcement
The teams are yet to announce their squads for the ICC men’s T20 world cup 2021. Last time in the 2016 T20 world cup the teams were announced about a month earlier than the start of the tournament. They have to give names to ICC as they are the main organizers and have to keep in mind the reserve players as well if some issue comes forward in case of injury. So we can expect the squads to be announced somewhere between August to September.
Expected T20 World Cup Teams Squads
You might be wondering when the teams are going to announce their squads for the T20 world cup. We are all waiting for them announce the squads as none of the 16 teams have announced their teams yet. Although we can look forward to different players of different teams who have a solid chance of representing their teams in this T20 world cup. These are the match winners that have a solid chance of being selected into t20 world cup teams for their countries.
First of all, we all must look out for Virat Kohli. A proven match-winner throughout his career Virat is always a beacon of hope when it comes to pulling his team out of difficult situations. And his T20 record is nothing to be stumbled upon. He is one of the best t20 batsmen in the whole world and has an outstanding record when it comes to his time in T20 world cups. Virat was a man of the series for the last two world cups that he played in 2014 and 2016 with an impressive batting average of over 100 runs in both of these world cups. He certainly is going to be a key player for the Indian cricket team.
Babar Azam for Pakistan is undoubtedly one of those players who have cemented a name for themselves in the T20 format. With an average of 50 in T20i, Babar with his reliable technique and calmness has a different vibe to him. For the young batsman, it surely is the time of his career and with excellent stead with the bat this season, Babar is one of the key players for Pakistan this world cup.
For the hosts, Aron finch is one of the best T20 batsmen. Ranking only below the young Babar Azam, finch has an outstanding record in T20s. Averaging 38 with a bombastic strike rate of 156, he will be a match-winner for Australia in this T20 world cup.
For the kiwis, Colin Munro is the player that is going to be their hope when chasing bigger targets this T20 world cup. The batsman standing in top tens of the T20 batting ranking list is going to be crucial for the success of the Kiwis this season. The playing conditions are going to be similar to his home, and this adds a little more advantage to him that he can undoubtedly cash for his team.
Dawid Malan is proving to be a sturdy batsman to the English side in the format. Averaging over 57, the batsman has risen above the ranks recently with his bombastic performances and a fierce strike rate of 156. He certainly is a powerhouse with the bat and is a player that the opponents should look out for when going up against England this season.
It is the first time for Afghanistan that they have qualified for any ICC event directly and their young Rashid Khan has undoubtedly made it a possibility for them. In T20s he ranks top amongst the bowlers and can deceive the batsmen with his variations, making it difficult for them to hit him in the T20 format. Though inconsistent with the bat, Rashid khan can be handy with the bat making him a valuable asset for the afghans in this tournament.