All the ingredients are in place for a spicy tournament as the battle to qualify for the Super 12 stage kicks off
Injuries, recoveries, surprising selections, awe-inspiring feats with bat, ball and in the field, on-pitch controversy and off-field scandal: as the world’s elite cricketers have gathered in Australia over the last couple of weeks all of these boxes have been ticked – and the T20 World Cup has not even started.
That changes on Sunday, when the action gets under way in somewhat understated style with a double-header in Geelong, where Namibia play Sri Lanka and then Netherlands face the UAE. Though Sri Lanka are a team on the rise, and recent winners of the Asia Cup, these are not exactly the kind of blockbuster fixtures that will grab the world’s attention, nor are they being played on one of Australia’s legendary grounds.
Written by Simon Burnton in Canberra
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/14/cricket-t20-world-cup-australia-intrigue-upsets under the title “Intrigue and upsets on the menu as T20 World Cup begins in Australia”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.