There's enough time left for the T20 World Cup 2020 to get underway. The proposed schedule is from October 18th till November 15th if things go with the flow. However, the current COVID-19 outbreak might affect the dates.
All teams are quite confident of the outlook they has set for the marquee event, and with this being the biggest T20 World Cup in terms of teams, a high-voltage tournament is definitely expected.
In this comprehension, we will be predicting the unexpected teams who can set the ICC T20 World Cup on fire.
When it comes to the shortest format of the game, this team has certainly raised their standards. The likes of Hazratullah Zazai, new sensation Rahmanullah Gurbaaz, the everlasting Mohammad Nabi, young spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and the poster boy Rashid Khan have definitely taken Afghan cricket to places.
Heading into the World Cup, they are currently ranked 7th in the World rankings above some formidable names in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and even the defending champions West Indies. They are coming
They have made their way directly into the Super 12's and placed in Group 2 alongside big-guns India, South Africa and England.
India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the Asian favorites heading into this World Cup. These two have locked horns twice in T20Is and both times India had the best of their opponents.
However, talking about Afghanistan's recent form, they have won 4 of their last six encounters and are looking one settled unit.
Top batsmen for India vs Afghanistan: Suresh Raina (56 runs from 2 innings)
Top batsmen for Afghanistan vs India: Noor Ali Zadran (50 runs from 2 innings)
Top bowler for India vs Afghanistan: Ashish Nehra (3 wickets from 2 matches)
Top bowler for Afghanistan vs India: Shapoor Zadran (2 wickets from 2 matches)
South Africa in ICC tournaments goes with the reputation of ‘chokers'. This could well be a great opportunity for Afghanistan to cling on. However, the Proteas have faced Afghanistan in two different editions of the T20 World Cup and emerged victorious on both occasions.
It would be interesting to see which team prevails this time, especially when Afghanistan is almost neck-to-neck with South Africa based on the two teams current form.
Top batsmen for South Africa vs Afghanistan: Ab de Villiers (81 runs from 2 innings)
Top batsmen for Afghanistan vs South Africa: Mohammad Shahzad (46 runs from 2 innings)
Top bowler for South Africa vs Afghanistan: Morne Morkel (4wickets from 2 matches)
Top bowler for Afghanistan vs India: Hamid Hassan (3 wickets from 2 matches)
In the 2019 ICC World Cup, Eoin Morgan's whirlwind knock completely thrashed Afghanistan and handed them one humiliating loss for ages.
In a format that is more suited to them, Afghanistan would definitely look to upset one of the premier contenders for this World Cup when the two teams take on each other.
In the two T20I meetings so far between the two, England have a 100% winning-rate which could go in their favor when the two teams collide.
Top batsmen for England vs Afghanistan: Luke Wright (99 runs from 2 innings)
Top batsmen for Afghanistan vs England: Gulbadin Naib (44 runs from 2 innings)
Top bowler for England vs Afghanistan: Samit Patel (2 wickets from 2 matches)
Top bowler for Afghanistan vs England: Rashid Khan (2 wickets from 2 matches)