The next major tournament on the ICC’s books is the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from October 18th to the 15th November 2020.
Qualifying is set to take place over the next month for the remaining sides who will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in round one before the super 12 gets underway a little later in the tournament.
So, as we are just over a year away from the opening ceremony, we thought it a good time to take a little look at the current T20 world rankings of those eight sides that have already secured their spots in the super 12’s, and with plenty of live odds available before and during the tournament, who is the top tip to lift the World Cup Down Under?
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: 1st -2009
Pakistan claimed success at the second-ever T20 World Cup in 2009 defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final.
Ten years later and Pakistan once again finds themselves at the top of the ICC T20 rankings and head into 2020 in a strong position largely thanks to the batting exploits of batsman Babar Azam who is ranked the number one T20 international batsman in the world.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: 1st – 2010
A year after hosting the tournament, England won the grand prize in the West Indies defeating Australia by 7 wickets.
Now, ranked second in the world in the shortest format of the game, that can largely be attributed to England’s ability in ODI’s as the three lions were just crowned World Champions in that format and will be the ones to watch in the T20 World Cup.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: Semi-final – 2009/2014
For a side that has never even reached the final of the T20 World Cup, a current ICC ranking of third may seem generous.
However, with the likes of Reeza Hendricks and Andile Phehlukwayo in the Proteas weaponry, literally, anything is possible.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: 1st – 2007
It does not matter what format of cricket we talk about, India will always be one of the favourites and heading into 2020 that is no different.
The inaugural winners of the T20 World Cup, India boast a team packed full of talent from batsmen, bowlers, and all-rounders meaning no one will want to face them.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: Runners up 2010
It seems almost a crime that Australia are yet to win the T20 World Cup, however, with the tournament on home soil next year, they will never have a better chance.
The Aussies are in something of a transition period but write them off at your peril.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: Runners up 2007, 2016
The T20 Cricket World Cup has not been kind to teams from Australasia, but New Zealand could be set to break their duck with the likes of Colin Munro and Mitchell Santner in the batting and bowling line up respectively.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: Super 10 – 2016
Afghanistan are a side that have rocketed through the Cricketing World Rankings and have gone from whipping boys to serious contenders.
That is largely thanks to the number one ranked T20 bowler in the world in their armoury in Rashid Khan as well as boasting the third-best all-rounder in the world in Mohammad Nabi.
Best Performance at a T20 World Cup: 1st – 2012, 2016
The most successful side in the tournament’s history actually come in ranked ninth in the ICC charts (Sri Lanka are above them but are in the first group phase as they were below WI at the World Cup cut-off date).
The uncertainty around Chris Gayle is the major reason why the West Indies have dropped off and a third World title looks unlikely.