As the Indian team for the ICC T20 World Cup was announced yesterday, a lot of surprises were kept in the hut. The re-inclusion of Ashwin to the squad made a lot of fans happy, especially after his omission from the first four Test matches that India played against England.
Many names like Krunal Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj and others were given the axe as the team focused on creating a perfect balance of experience and youth. The team that was announced yesterday also contained a perfect balance of batters, bowlers and all-rounders, with India seeking redemption since 2013 after losing out on the ICC events in the closing stages of the tournament.
Why was the T20 World Cup not held in 2018?
Given the exerting demands of T20 cricket, it is very rare for a player to feature in multiple World Cups. The tournament will be convened for the first time in five years as the last edition happened in 2016 with West Indies walking away with bragging rights.
Earlier, the extravaganza used to be biennial but after 2016, mismanagement of schedules and the unavailability of venues led to the fray being cancelled. It was supposed to be held in 2020 but the menacing pandemic thwarted the plans of the apex cricketing committee.
The stars who remained ever since the start
Hence, the 2021 edition of the tournament will witness quite a few stars appearing in the tournament more than once. In fact, a few players will also be appearing for the seventh consecutive time, ever since the inception of the fray.
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India’s Rohit Sharma will be the solitary name on the list, while West Indies managed to share the likes of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. Bangladesh has the most number of players appearing for the seventh consecutive edition of the tournament as Mahmudullah, Shakib-Al-Hasan and Muhfiqur Rahim will be taking the field for Bangladesh.
The tournament will kickstart with a few qualifying games between associate nations that will also star the likes of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The group stages of the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup will start on 17th October with a clash between Oman and Papua New Guinea.
The main stage of the contest will start with Australia squaring off with South Africa on the 23rd of October. The following day will witness the two biggest arch-rivals of the sport, India and Pakistan, go head-to-head.