Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has revealed which teams, according to him, will qualify for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
On Friday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) presented the group division of the teams in Super 12 that will be contesting in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Group 1 comprises of teams namely, England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa, winner of Group A (Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Namibia) of Round 1, and runner-up of Group B (Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman). Group 2 consists of teams including India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and the runner-up of Group A of Round 1 and winner of Group B.
Analyzing the same, Danish Kaneria opined that West Indies and England would be the most sought-after teams in Group 1. West Indies recently won their five-match T20I series against Australia, crushing them 4-1 to seal the series. England, on the other hand, even while playing with a second-string team, achieved a thumping ODI series victory by 3-0 over a full-strength Pakistan team.
Furthermore, speaking on the second Group, Kaneria said that India is easily the favourite and have a high chance of making it into the final.
“If I look at Group 1, the way West Indies have formed their team and the way they are playing against Australia, they are strong contenders. Between West Indies and England, I think one team will make it to the final. In Group 2, India has quality cricketers and all-rounders. IPL 2021 phase two will happen before the T20 World Cup so it will favour India to make it to the final because the players will be in touch,” Danish Kaneria stated.
He further highlighted the competition between India and Pakistan. The archrivals, which have been previously placed in the same group, once again find each other drawn in the same group. Since the two teams no longer play bilateral series with each other, Danish Kaneria feels the clash between the two would be a much-awaited event of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
“India-Pakistan games and viewed more than the Ashes. India and Pakistan are not playing bilateral series. So people wait with anticipation for the times when these two teams meet in ICC events. From the commercial point of view, this would also generate a lot of revenue,” Danish Kaneria signed off.