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-Finalist, ’09-Champions, ’10-4th Place, ’12-4th Place, ’14-2nd Round
Strength: Balanced bowling attack
Weakness: Unpredictable batting
Players to watch:
Shahid Afridi — The flamboyant Pakistan captain is the highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with 93 wickets in 92 matches. He has played in all the previous five editions of World Twenty20. Afridi has scored 1,315 runs in the shortest format of the game, although his form with the bat has been in decline. Pakistan will be relying heavily on the sharp leg-spin on turning wickets.
Mohammad Amir — The left-arm fast bowler has made a strong comeback since his five-year suspension from international cricket for spot-fixing ended last September. Amir has the potential to trouble top-order batsmen with his sheer pace and the ability to swing the ball both ways. Since his return to competitive cricket, Amir has taken two hat-tricks in Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League, and also challenged India’s strong batting lineup in an Asian Cup league