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: ’07-3rd Place, ’09-1st Round, ’10-Finalist, ’12-3rd place, ’14-2nd Round
Strength: Power hitting, fielding
Weakness: Lack of seasoned spinning options
Players to watch:
Glenn Maxwell — His experience in the Indian Premier League could benefit Australia, which is aiming for its first World T20 title. Maxwell’s powerful, unconventional hitting against both spin and pace has earned him a strike rate of 159.4 — the best among all batsmen with more than 400 T20 international runs. Setting fields to combat Maxwell’s batting arsenal is usually difficult for rival captains.
Shane Watson — An ideal T20 allrounder who not only can bowl a full quota of four overs in the middle, but can score at a rapid pace at the top of the order. Watson has scored 1,324 runs at a strike rate of 144.69 and has also taken 42 wickets at 25.28match.