Tomorrow sees the start of the ICC World Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh. The first matches are to qualify for the main event with the home side Bangladesh starting off proceedings. Afghanistan will be a tough test for their first match. A team that is on the rise and full of confidence. The competition ends on Sunday 6 April with all the big sides thinking they could be in with a chance. This format may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I love the short exciting matches.
The holders West Indies will once again fancy their chances with the likes of Gayle, Pollard, Bravo and Narine in the side they can beat any side. Their problem is concentration, they will either demolish the opposition or crumble. The lower order batting of Darren Sammy may be crucial.
India go into any competition as the favourites, there is huge pressure on the side. The batting line up is one of the best ever assembled in this format. Dhoni, and Yuvraj are back to the side that struggled in the Asia cup. All of the players have played in the IPL and most of them have experience of winning in this format. This will be invaluable for the side coupled with the fact that the tournament is being played in Asia.
The two teams that I feel could win are Australia and South Africa, that 7/7 over match last week displayed the very best of these two sides. Brad Hodge is a player that is very much like Dhoni in the fact that he can pace a run chase. Also watch out for Quinton De Kock who I have said for many years is the South African reincarnation of Adam Gilchrist.
Watch out for former champions Pakistan and England, they are dangerous sides which cannot be ruled out. Sri Lanka depending on their dispute with SLC will fancy their chances. If the problems are not sorted out then they may send a second string side, if they send their strongest side then watch out for them. They are the number one ranked side at the moment.