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Following on from the ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, the exciting new brand of cricket comes to India where the Twenty20 World Cup will be held. India’s neighbours Sri Lanka will be defending their title and are one of five teams that has previously won the title. India, England, Pakistan and The West Indies are the other nations which have held the trophy.

Sri Lanka however will be hoping that they are not affected by the retirement of two stalwarts from their championship winning side of 2014; Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. The two legends of Sri Lankan cricket compiled a total of 53,973 runs during their international cricket careers. Coach Graham Ford will be hoping the likes of; captain Angelo Mathews, Lahru Thrimanne and Upul Tharanga can fill the void left by the two greats of Sri Lankan cricket.

There are 16 teams competing in this year’s Twenty20 World Cup with the 10 Full Members of the ICC gaining automatic qualification. These teams will be joined by the 6 qualifiers; Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman. The latter two teams will be experiencing their first world tournaments after making it through qualifying for the first time.

Since the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, England have encountered multiple changes within their coaching staff and playing set up. The new look side has had some impressive results in the summer of 2015 and winter of 2016 by beating both Australia and South Africa in the test arena. Results in the shorter format of the game have been far more inconsistent with some great wins against; Pakistan, Australia and South Africa but these wins came in vain as the series that the wins came in were not enough to win the series as a whole. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have taken the game to different levels with their batting with the ability to clear the ropes meaning that they can accelerate the score along whenever needed. Joe Root a stalwart of all three sides is rated as the number one international batsman in the world, his form will again be imperative if the team want to progress to the later stages of the tournament. In the bowling unit, Chris Jordan came up trumps with a brilliant over of death bowling against Pakistan, while Steven Finn is a proven partnership breaker in all formats of the game. Yet the two key men in the line-up could be the spin twins of Adil Rashid (Dilly) and Moeen Ali who will need to spin it to win it in sub-continent conditions.

The favourites for the tournament will be Australia and India who are the one and two ranked sides in the world. Australia are on the up in the one day game following the world cup win against New Zealand on home soil in 2015, but India are again led by MS Dhoni who won the 2011 Cricket World Cup on home soil and this again could be to the Indians advantage.

Competing Teams

Afghanistan – Coach: Inzaman Ul Haq (Pak) Captain: Asghar Stanikzai

Australia – Coach: Darren Lehmann (Aus) Captain: Steve Smith

Bangladesh – Coach: Chandika Hathurusingha (Sri) Captain: Mashrafe Mortaza

England – Coach: Trevor Bayliss (Aus) Captain: Eoin Morgan

Hong Kong – Coach: Simon Cook (Eng) Captain: Tanwir Afzal

India - Vacant Captain: MS Dhoni

Ireland – Coach: John Bracewell (NZ) Captain: William Porterfield

Kenya – Coach: Steve Tikolo (Ken) Captain: Rakep Patel

Nepal – Coach: Vacant Captain: Paras Khadka

Netherlands – Coach: Anton Roux (USA) Captain: Peter Borren

New Zealand – Coach: Mike Hesson (NZ) Captain: Brendon McCullum

Pakistan – Coach: Waqar Younis (Pak) Captain: Shahid Afridi

Scotland – Coach: Grant Bradburn (NZ) Captain: Preston Mommsen

South Africa – Coach: Russell Domingo (SA) Captain: Faf Du Plessis

Sri Lanka – Coach: Graham Ford (SA) Captain: Lasith Malinga

UAE – Coach: Aaqib Javed (Pak) Captain: Mohammad Taupir

West Indies – Coach: Phil Simmons (Trinidad) Captain: Darren Sammy

Zimbabwe – Coach: Dav Whatmore (Sri) Captain: Hamilton Mazagadza

Source: http://www.icc-cricket.com/world-t20

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