The sixth edition of the World Twenty20 tournament will be hosted by India and feature 10 teams in the main group stage, including qualifiers Afghanistan and Bangladesh.(Full Coverage|| Fixtures||Photos)
The five previous tournaments have been won by five different countries, with no team crowned champion on home soil.
Here’s a look at teams in the two groups. There are two big traditional derbies in Group 2, which features India and Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.
World T20 record: 2010-1st Round, ’12-1st Round, ’14-1st Round.
Strength: Batting depth
Weakness: Lack of top-tier international competition.
Players to watch:
Mohammad Shahzad: The bulky opener scored 297 runs in 2015 — the most by any batsman. His ferocious power hitting in the batting powerplay provided Afghanistan rollicking starts in the first-round victories against Scotland, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe. Behind the stumps, Shahzad has a safe pair of hands and offers Afghanistan the flexibility to include an extra bowler to strengthen its bowling attack.
Mohammad Nabi: The most accomplished Afghanistan all-rounder, Nabi can be dangerous with his off-spin bowling on slow wickets. He gives Afghanistan a solid batting option down the order.