Latest Updates On T20 World Cup: What’s In Store For England Who Look To Bag A Second

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The T20 World Cup is due to get underway later this month, with the tournament being played for the first time since 2016.

The current holders are the West Indies, who lifted the trophy that year with a dramatic four-wicket win over England.

Carlos Brathwaite’s heroics in the final over saw him smash Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to guide his side home with two balls remaining.

There was due to be a World Cup in 2020, which Australia was set to host, however that was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 edition of the tournament was meant to be hosted by India, but covid concerns have forced it to be moved to Oman and the UAE.

With the first game set to take place on October 17, here is everything you need to know about the T20 World Cup.

What is the state of play?

The tournament will begin a round of qualifiers, with four teams hoping to reach the Super 12 stage.

Eight teams will be able to qualify and they have been split into two groups, with the qualifying stage set to take place between October 17 and 22.

The two best teams from each group will reach the Super 12 stage, rounding out Group 1 and Group 2.

Four teams will then qualify for the semi-finals, which take place on November 10 and 11, with the final scheduled for November 14.

Who are the teams?

In the qualifiers, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia make up Group A, while Bangladesh, Scotland, Oman, and Papua New Guinea are in Group B.

In the Super 12 stage, England has been drawn in Group 1 alongside Australia, the West Indies, and South Africa.

They will also be joined by the winner of Group A and the runner-up from Group B.

Group 2 currently has India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan and will be rounded out by the winner of Group B and the runner-up from Group A.

When are England’s games?

England’s first game of the tournament will see them take on the West Indies on October 23 in a rematch from the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup.

They will then face the runner-up from Group B on October 27, ahead of a blockbuster showdown with rivals Australia on October 30.

England will face the winners of Group A on November 1, before completing the Super 12 stage with a game against South Africa on November 6.

If England manages to qualify for the semi-finals, then they will either play again on November 10 or 11 depending on whether they win their group.

The final will then be held on November 14 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

How can I watch the T20 World Cup?

All the games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports predominantly on their dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel, with select games available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event.

You can also stream games live via the Sky Go app if you are a Sky Sports subscriber. If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports streaming pass through Now TV.

What are the full squads?

Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen ul Haq, Hamid Hassan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Qais Ahmed

Reserves: Afsar Zazai, Farid Ahmed Malik

Australia

Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Reserves: Dan Christian, Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams

Bangladesh

Mahmudullah (c), Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Kumer Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shaif Uddin, Shamim Hossain

Reserves: Rubel Hossain, Aminul Islam

England

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince

India

Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami

Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur

Ireland

Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young

Namibia

Squad: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Picky Ya France

Reserve: Mauritius Ngupita

Netherlands

Squad: Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Bas de Leede, Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Roelof van der Merwe, Paul van Meekeren

Reserves: Tobias Visee, Shane Snater

New Zealand

Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

Reserve: Adam Milne

Oman

Squad: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas, Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Mohammad Nadeem, Ayaan Khan, Suraj Kumar, Sandeep Goud, Nester Dhamba, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Naseem Khushi, Sufyan Mehmood, Fayyaz Butt, Khurram Khan

Pakistan

Squad: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood

Reserves: Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani and Fakhar Zaman

Papua New Guinea

Squad: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Nosaina Pokana, Kipling Doriga, Tony Ura, Hiri Hiri, Gaudi Toka, Sese Bau, Damien Ravu, Kabua Vagi-Morea, Simon Atai, Jason Kila, Chad Soper, Jack Gardner

Scotland

Squad: Kyle Coetzer (c), Richard Berrington, Dylan Budge, Matthew Cross, Josh Davey, Alasdair Evans, Chris Greaves, Oli Hairs, Michael Leask, Calum Macleod, George Munsey, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Hamza Tahir, Craig Wallace, Mark Watt, Brad Wheal

South Africa

Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams

Sri Lanka

Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka, Ashen Bandara, Lakshan Sandakan, and Ramesh Mendis.

Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga.

West Indies

Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr

Reserves: Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein