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.
Group opponents: South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan
World T20 record: 2007-2nd Round, 2009-2nd Round, 2010-Champions, 2012-2nd Round, 2014-2nd Round
Weakness: Inexperienced bowling attack.
Players to watch:
Alex Hales — One of the only four batsmen along with Virat Kohli (India), Martin Guptill (New Zealand) and Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) to score more than 1,000 runs in T20 international over the last four years. England will be banking on Hales to produce big innings consistently to give the inexperienced bowlers enough runs to defend on slow wickets. Hales has scored 1,154 runs from 39 T20 internationals, including an unbeaten 116 against Bangladesh two years ago.
Eoin Morgan —The most experienced T20 batsman in the England squad. He has an impressive strike-rate of 133.16 in 55 Twenty20s and scored 1,333 runs. Left-handed Morgan uses his feet well against spinners, and plays the unconventional reverse sweep with ease against the spinners.