Group B: established powers vie for Super 12 spots
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Group B: established powers vie for Super 12 spots T20 World Cup

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022’s Group B is led by the two-time champion West Indies, with Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe also fighting for a Super 12 spot.

From October 17 to 21, the teams will compete against one another in a round-robin format, with the top two moving on to the next round. All six First Round games will be played at the. Bellerive Oval in Hobart, although only two of those games will be allowed to return there for the elimination round.

Due to their ninth-place performance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the. Windies are in the first round, which is their lowest placing since the tournament’s inception in 2007.

Scotland is the only other team in the group to have advanced past the. Super 12 round, having won Group B last year in Oman.

Zimbabwe is competing in their first tournament since 2016 while. Ireland hasn’t advanced past the group round in any of their last five.

WEST INDIA (EIGHTH APPEARANCE)

a fresh look West Indies travel to Australia in the hopes that a fresh start will bring about a turn for the better.

Many of the typical protagonists are absent. Shimron Hetmyer didn’t travel, Andre Russell was left out, and Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard retired.

The man in charge of the team is Nicholas Pooran, and how well he does both as a batsman and as captain – in what will be his first. ICC competition in that capacity – could influence how far the Windies advance at the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Given that Yannic Cariah hasn’t bowled in a T20 game since 2016, his inclusion in the team is unexpected. There is no shortage of allrounders who are well situated to add to the wickets column, but it is unclear whether he and left-arm option. Akeal Hosein have enough to confound the finest batsmen in the world.

Jason Holder is a man who doesn’t need an introduction, and Raymon Reifer, who is uncapped, could also be someone to watch as the Men in

IRELAND (SEVENTH APPEARANCE)

Ireland hasn’t advanced past the group stage of the. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup since 2009, and they are hoping that this year will finally be the year they break their group stage curse.

After defeating the Netherlands in their initial match. They appeared to be on track to break their losing streak in the UAE, but they were defeated by Sri Lanka before falling to Namibia in a winner-takes-all match.

Given that they are only one spot apart in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings. Their opening match against Zimbabwe may possibly determine their future.

Although Kevin O’Brien ended his career in August, those with expertise like. Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie continue to provide a lot of knowledge. Gareth Delany and Harry Tector appear to be well-stocked in the batting order, and both players are expected to play aggressively right away. However, the loss of the injured Craig Young has damaged the bowling unit.

Ireland will now hope that their extensive preparation pays off in the shape of a spot in the. Super 12 after playing a lot of cricket over the summer against the finest teams in the world in both T20 and ODI formats.

SCOTLAND (FIFTH APPEARANCE)

Scotland has only played two T20 Internationals (T20I) since the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, before to a match against the. Netherlands as a warm-up, while Ireland has played more than 20 T20Is this year.

Although they performed better in the. ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 with five victories in their last six in the 50-over competition, they suffered crushing losses in both of the. T20Is they played against New Zealand in July.

The team from this year resembles the one that won three group stage matches in 2021, and it has George Munsey, who is poised to continue to shine with the bat (the opener strikes at 144 in T20I cricket).

Their chances of earning a position in the Super 12 for a second straight year will depend heavily on him and Richie Berrington, who hasn’t missed a T20 international since February 2010.

Even though they are the lowest-ranked club in the group, they have more than enough talent to contend. Consider the spinner Mark Watt, who has a T20I five-for and is frequently selected to bowl at the end of games because of his tight line and proficiency with yorkers.

ZIMBABWE (SIXTH APPEARANCE)

Expectations for the Chevrons’ trip to Australia are high given their new head coach and recent success in T20Is.

Nearly 40 years after making his international playing debut, Dave Houghton, a legendary player and coach in Zimbabwe cricket, will captain his team at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Since the team has won seven of their last nine T20Is. His re-appointment in the summer is sure to have created a positive atmosphere within the camp.

In September, Houghton even oversaw a startling 50-over triumph over Australia in Queensland, which legspinner Ryan Burl won with figures of five for ten. The player of the moment, however, is unquestionably 36-year-old all-rounder Sikandar Raza. Whose strike rate in the T20 format presently stands at 150.

Additionally, Zimbabwe will be confident that they may qualify for a Super 12 stage for the first time in their history with captain Craig Ervine returned from a hamstring injury at the top of the order.

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