The Cricket Tier
Mar 13, 2016
One week in and it's now time for the 'big boys' to join the competition at the T20 World Cup in India. What are the chance of there being an upset from the so called 'minnows' as we progress to the next round? From a neutral point of position I really do hope so.
It's happened in previous one day tournaments and I believe the standard is getting better all the time. They might not be able to compete in every single game but when circumstances are right they have a chance.
I've enjoyed all the preliminary knock out games and they've been a good addition which has given the lesser cricketing nations more tournament experience. The Ireland v Oman being the outstanding game which went all the way to the last few balls.
The likes of Afghanistan, Hong Kong and as mentioned Oman are moving forward very quickly in learning the game and I can see more and more upsets coming in the future. Good luck to them too. This is cricket, this is our wonderful game of cricket and it should be played all across the world. The exposure of these World Cups gives it that chance for the kids of the future to experience and enjoy it.
On to the overall winners? I'm going to predict an England or West Indies tournament win. That's purely based on a confidence and ability basis, with the Windies having that no fear factor as well. They make well be struggling in Test Matches still but their one day game is now much improved. Along with England since Trevor Bayliss came in last year. He's just let the young and old lads express themselves again, which is great!
With the competition being in India they have to be in with a chance, in particular with both MS Dhoni and the always impressive Virat Kohli. New Zealand, South Africa, Australia
and Sri Lanka have all lost too many good players in recent years and are all currently trying to find a new balance in my opinion.
Enjoy the rest of the T20 World Cup and I'm going to predict about 305 sixes to be hit!!