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.
Team: West Indies
World T20 record: ’07-1st Round, ’09-4th Place, ’10-2nd Round, ’12-Champions, ’14-3rd Place.
Weakness: Bowling depth.
Players to watch:
Chris Gayle — No T20 league is complete without the inclusion of this master blaster in shortest format. Gayle’s 87 sixes in T20 internationals leave him four short of New Zealander Brendon McCullum’s world record. If Gayle gets his eye in early, no target is beyond West Indies reach.
Darren Sammy — A complete allrounder who can score quick runs in the late overs. Sammy has a healthy strike-rate of 152.02 and has scored 526 runs in 47 Twenty20 internationals. He mixes slow deliveries with his medium pace and can unsettled batsmen. He has 43 wickets in 55 T20 internationals.