With the beginning of the next year 2020, we are curious about what our team would look like for the T20 World Cup. 

Were you happy with how India’s last T20 World Cup campaign went? We all aren’t. But now the new concern is all about the new squad of ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Losing the opener early on a white-ball tournament can stress a lot throughout the game. And our last T20 World Cup Semi-Final campaign went like that. Though we had the home-advantage, our team didn’t achieve much from the Men in Blue. But this time we have a chance of starting everything as new. Though, India has ample time to streamline their team before the big tournament. India is scheduled to play against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and the Asia Cup before the World Cup.

The upcoming T20 WorldCup will be held in Australia in 2020. But since the BCCI is yet to confirm the list of the final XI, you can count out these three players from your list. 

MS Dhoni

The wicketkeeper-batsman has a strike rate of 127 even at the batting number 6-position. But he cannot go on forever, and the board needs someone to take over his place. Especially with Kohli, who has already taken over in the Tests, clearly ready to take complete control of the ship.

So, also, if it breaks your heart to see the Ranchi boy walk away like that, you have to let him go. But we can surely find him play at the IPL as usual.

Dinesh Karthik

The selectors at the time of CW 19, stated that Karthik’s experience and better wicket-keeping skills could possibly give us a replacement of MS for other formats. However, with just 14 runs in 3 matches, he failed to make a mark on his spot. 

Suresh Raina

He came into around 62 T20 matches and showed his brilliant performance. If you count the number of great T20 players India has produced, you will have to put Suresh Raina above all. However, the 29-year-old is now out of form, and his contribution of 41 runs from four innings with the bat was not convincing enough to include him in the T20 format.

Likely playing XI

Openers

The pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have most centuries as an opening pair in the T2OIs. These two have shown exceptional skills in the limited over cricket and shouldn’t be left out. Rohit always tops the chart when it comes to hitting big sixes.

Number 3

We don’t have to include the name, maybe because we already know who you are thinking about. With the jersey number 18 on his back, Virat Kohli is the marked name in the Number 3 position of India’s T20 over cricket with a 52.66 average rate. His average strike rate in 5 innings is around 149, and with that in mind, you cannot replace him with any other batsman in this batting position. The Indian captain can mold an inning no matter the format.

Middle Order- Number 4

We’ve seen Rishabh’s marvelous innings in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, but when it comes to international tournaments, he has struggled to showcase his talent. The team management has already shown an abundance of faith in him, maybe because he’s young and talented. And not to forget Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistency, leaving the management with not many options for a wicketkeeper-batsman. We are likely to see Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer based on the IPL performance might led into the 2020 T20 World Cup the final XI.

Number 5

We are expecting Shreyas Iyer to bat at 5. Shreyas with his limited opportunities at the international tournaments has managed to impress his fans and the management; Especially with his class performance against Bangladesh in November. Not to forget, Iyer has showcased the ability to change gears for Delhi in IPL. 

Number 6

We have seen Hardik Pandya showcasing his excellent all-rounder skills, and India needed someone like him. Pandya has the potential to change the game with both his batting and bowling. So, we would be hoping not only to see him in the squad but also igniting his considerable skills. Pandya can hit essential boundaries, and he even has a strike rate of around 150 in just 25 innings and also picks up crucial wickets. 

Number 7

Ravindra Jadeja is another all-rounder we can certainly not deny for the squad. He provides a great balance to the lower-middle order, and we have seen his skills in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. His spin bowling is great with his line and length, and indeed, he is one of the best fielders in the world. 

Number 8

Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays a crucial role in the power-play overs by swinging the new ball. His skills can be equally effective in the death-ball overs. With an economy rate of 7 in the T20 format, we cannot leave him out of the squad. 

Number 9

Deepak Chahar has impressed us a lot with his bowling skills over the past few tournaments. And based on his recent performances, we cannot think about losing him in the upcoming T20 match. The CSK bowler earned himself the man of the series award, against Bangladesh, with 8 wickets on his account. We’re expecting Chahar in the final XI.

Number 10

Yuzvendra Chahal is a wicket-taker in the format, and his spin bowling can pick up a couple of wickets when in need. So, we are not dared to count him out from the final XI list. He has a score of 52 wickets in 36 T20I matches, and with a strike rate of 16.21, he is a preferred choice for the T20 World Cup squad. 

Number 11

We had to pick him over anybody, and now he is at Number 11. Jaspreet Bumrah stands tall in both Tests and ODI rankings, making him one of the most lethal bowlers at the moment. Currently recovering from an injury, His yorker is often unplayable, and we are hoping to see him showing some magic in the upcoming tournament.

Apart from the playing XI, you can see some other young talents in the T20 World Cup squad and they include

Let’s not dodge out a gem, K L Rahul, for the opening position as well. KL Rahul, might mark his spot in the playing XI. His performance in the recent West Indies series in the absence of Shikhar can only cement his place in the team. This Naturally aggressive batsman is ranked 9th in T20I rankings.

  • Manish Pandey
  • Washington Sundar
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Sanju Samson
  • Shivam Dube
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Khaleel Ahmed

So, it will be interesting to see what the Indian cricket team management decides as a final team for T20 WC India. If you were willing to visit Australia, the T20 tickets are available now. Do tell us in the comments section, whom would you like to see in the playing XI.

The next big global cricketing event, the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next year. It will be the 7th edition of the tournament. After the 2016 edition which was hosted by India, this is the first time this tournament will be back after four long years. Naturally, fans are getting crazy about the return of the biggest stage of the shorter format of cricket and crisis of tickets is expected due to the high demand of the same. 

So if you want to watch the tournament from the stands, you should be getting ready to purchase your copy of the ticket before it becomes unavailable. Follow this article to know every detail of the ticket buying procedure

Brief Details About Men’s ICC T20 World Cup 2020

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to start from 18th October while the final will be played on 15th November in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). 12 teams will battle it out for the ultimate prize in 20 over’s cricket. While 8 nations, including host nation Australia, have already confirmed their berths in the final rounds, there will be a qualifying round played to decide the last four nations. 

Bangladesh and Srilanka have reached the final qualifying round by virtue of ICC T20 rankings. They will be joined by Ireland, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Namibia, and Scotland in the final round of the qualifier. After an intense battle, four teams will join in the final rounds with the top 8 ranked team. 

The whole tournament will take place in seven Australian cities. Hobert and Geelong will host the final qualifier and Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide will host the final rounds. The two semi-final matches are scheduled in Sydney and Adelaide. The final will be played in MCG. 

T20 Ticket Prices 2020

Cricket Australia already reveals the prices of t20 tickets for every match. All the super 12 matches including final qualifying round’s matches will be sold for 5 AUD for children while 75% of these matches will have adult ticketing price of 20 AUD.

Prices increase in the business end of the tournament that is the knockout stage. Tickets for the first semi-final in Adelaide are priced at 40 AUD for adults and 10 AUD for children. The second semi-final in Sydney will have even higher-priced tickets at 90 AUD for adults and 20 AUD for children. 

Tickets for the final of the T20 World Cup in Melbourne are being sold at a minimum rate of 125 AUD for adults and 20 AUD for children. The best seats will cost a whopping 395 AUD.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on 20th December that they would continue collaboration with UNICEF till women’s ICC t20 World Cup 2020. Their target is to empower young girls through cricket. This extension of the contract will provide UNICEF with a unique platform for fundraising activities to boost up its awareness drive for the creation of a positive environment for women and girls.

Previous Collaborations

In ICC Men’s World Cup 2019, UNICEF arranged a campaign named “A Day 4 Children” and raised $180,000. This sum of money will directly go to fund a girl’s cricket project in Kabul, Afghanistan. This programme is set to run for about 12 months where a new cricket competition will be organised for school girls of different age groups. Separately, there will be a training camp held for about 120 cricket instructors and donation of modern cricketing equipment. 

There will be a similar project with the money raised in the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup. The project will include girl’s cricket promotion in Sri Lanka and build peace in the community. T20 tickets sales for the upcoming Women’s World Cup indicates project’s success. After all, it is the fans who can contribute towards the cause by coming out in large numbers and participating in in-stadium activities. 

ICC’s Thoughts on the Project

ICC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Manu Sawhney said on the occasion of the deal announcement “We are delighted to extend our partnership with UNICEF to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. I want us to harness the extraordinary reach of our sport to empower women and girls around the world through cricket and using ICC events as a fundraising platform enables us to do that.”

Mr Sawhney also added, “Sport for development and in particular cricket can be a powerful tool to transform lives and the projects in Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are designed to have a long-term positive impact with teachers being trained to deliver cricket to girls for years to come.”

About the Women’s T20 World Cup

The upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup is going to be the 7th edition of the tournament which started in 2009. It is a multi-nation biennial tournament which will be hosted in Australia next year. The tournament is set to take place from 21st February till 8th May across six cities of southern Australia. The final will be hosted in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the biggest cricketing venue in the world.  

10 nations will be eyeing on the gorgeous trophy, and after 23 matches one nation will come victorious. Later that year, Australia will host men’s t20 WC India will be a favourite of that along with Australia, England, and two-times champion West Indies. 

About UNICEF

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) worked in some of the toughest places in the world, to reach the most unfortunate children of our planet. They have their presence in 190 countries and territories to build a better world for our future generations.

Original Source:- unicef.org.au

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