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: ’07-2nd Round, ’09-1st Round, ’10-1st Round, ’12-1st Round, ’14-2nd Round
Strength: Batting in subcontinental conditions
Players to watch:
Tamim Iqbal: The left-handed opener can be brutal against any type of bowling attack. Iqbal has a strike-rate above 100 in T20 internationals and warmed up for the main round opponents with his maiden T20I century against Oman in the last qualifying match.
Shakib Al Hasan: The veteran allrounder’s left-arm spin will be more crucial than his batting prowess. He has an economy rate of under 7 runs an over in his 50 T20 internationals, showing his ability to pose a challenge to any batting lineup.