T20 World Cup 2022: Teams that could proceed into the Super 12
Sri Lanka seem like strong favorites to qualify for the Super 12 stages (Source: Twitter)
The Qualifiers for the T20 World Cup 2022 will kick-off tomorrow as eight teams divided in groups of two will clash against each other to determine the four teams that will move ahead into the Super 12 stage of the coveted tournament.
At the first look both the groups look equally competitive. However it would be a major upset if Sri Lanka and West Indies fail to finish at the top of their respective groups. Both the sides have a far superior side in comparison to the other teams and are almost guaranteed to book a berth into the Super 12.
Led by Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan side had a great run in the Asia Cup 2022 as they cruised past top teams such as India and Pakistan to lift the title in a surprising finish. The team has a lot of momentum behind them and the presence of quality spinners in Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana will further boost their chances.
The 2016 champions have witnessed a fall from grace in the last five years. Once hailed as one of the most deadly sides in the shortest format of the game. West Indies have suffered due to a wrongly executed transition between the senior players to the upcoming talent.
However, there is no denying the fact that Nicholas Pooran's men have the potential in their squad and should easily move into the Super 12 stages.
Ireland could get the upper hand over Zimbabwe during the qualifiers (Source: Twitter)
It will be a tough path for Ireland if they wish to find a berth in the Super 12 stages of the T20 World Cup. The European side have a good T20I unit and will hope that their skipper Andrew Balbirnie and seasoned campaigner Paul Stirling can help them navigate past sides like West Indies, Zimbabwe and Scotland to move ahead into the tournament.
The team has a good balance in their unit and could stun Zimbabwe to finish second on the points table during the qualifiers.
Namibia seem like the strong favorites from Group A to secure a second place finish to move into the Super 12 stages of the T20 World Cup. While Sri Lanka are almost guaranteed to finish at the top of the table, the African nation at the moment seem to have an upper hand over UAE and Netherlands. Led by Gerhard Erasmus the team has the potential to produce an upset.