Sri Lanka labeled favorites in group A of 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia will play against each other in group A of the T20 World Cup to advance to the super 12 stage

Web Desk
October 13, 2021

Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia will play against each other in group A of the T20 World Cup to advance to the super 12 stage. 

The top two teams will go to the next round from the group after all four have played against each other once in the round-robin format, starting with the first games on 18th October.

With victory over Oman in the T20 World Cup Qualifier, Namibia will make history after qualifying for the tournament for the first time. Ireland and Netherlands also secured their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup berths through the same route while 2014 champions Sri Lanka qualified through their world ranking.

Sri Lanka are favorites to top group A and advance to the super 12 stage, Sri Lanka have been inextricably intertwined with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup ever since the first one in 2007. They have contested every single tournament since then, finishing runners-up in 2009 and 2012 before finally lifting the trophy with victory over India in the 2014 final.

Ireland have been a regular feature of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and will contest their sixth in the UAE and Oman. Their best ever performance to date came on their debut at the 2009 edition hosted by England, progressing from the first round to reach the Super 8s after beating Bangladesh.

Netherlands showed their pedigree in the shortest format by winning the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier, beating Papua New Guinea by seven wickets in the final in Dubai. The Dutch had already secured their qualification by reaching the semi-final stage, where they defeated Ireland by 21 runs to lay down a marker to their Group A rivals.

The top seeds from Group A will enter Group 1 of the Super 12 stage along with Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and the second seed from Group B. Meanwhile, the second team from Group A go into Group 2 with Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and the top seeds from Group B after the first round of fixtures.