The T20 World Cup will be played in the UAE. With the event two months away, teams have started announcing squads for the world event. The global event will start on October 17 and will be played in Oman and across the UAE.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup, cricket experts are naming top contenders for the show-piece event. Former West Indies skipper and two-time world champion, Daren Sammy is backing his national team for the third consecutive title in the shortest format of the game.
“It’s a no brainer for me – West Indies all the way. When you look at West Indies, and people might say I’m sounding biased, but in the last four (three) tournaments we’ve managed to get to the final four, winning two out of that,” Sammy said in an ICC digital show.
“Our players, the calibre of players we have – when you look at captain Pollard, he’s back, the Universe Boss Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, I could go on a long list of guys who can just take the attack to you.”
He also spoke about England and Australia’s chances at the ICC event. “When you look at England, who have been playing some excellent T20 cricket – finalists in the last one (Men’s T20 World Cup) in 2016, they won it in the Caribbean. To me what that says, two venues where the pitches are similar – India and the Caribbean – they’ve won and they’ve got to the final, so their players adjust to the conditions quite well,” said Sammy.
“You look at Australia who have not gotten their hands on this silverware, they’ll be desperate to get it. The calibre of players they have – so many players who play in the IPL – who understand the conditions.”