Five most crucial First Round matches of the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup according to ICC

The 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth ICC Men’s T20 World Cup tournament, scheduled to be played in Australia from 16 October to 13 November 2022.

Let’s take a look at some of the most crucial matches of the 2022 T20 World Cup according to ICC Website

First Round

01. Sri Lanka and Namibia – Sunday, October 16 – Geelong

The two countries met in the last year’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup as their first match, and this time also the match between the two countries will be held as the opening match of the tournament.

There is no doubt that the Sri Lankan team, who were crowned Asian champions last month, will face a big challenge from Namibia.

02. West Indies and Scotland – Monday, October 17 – Hobart

There is no doubt that Scotland will still be haunted by the memories of their defeat to the West Indies in the 2019 ODI World Cup qualifiers.

After that meeting, this will be the first time that the two countries will meet each other again in the international cricket field. In this match, Scotland will try to give the fans a chance to enjoy an exciting match by playing their best against a washed-out West Indies team.

The Hobart pitch will be one of Scotland’s favorites, and they can’t forget their great win over Bangladesh in their first match of the last World Cup.

03. Netherlands v Namibia – Tuesday, October 18 – Geelong

The victory in this match will be essential if the Namibian team, who won in the last year’s World Cup match against each other, are to qualify for entry into the top 12 teams this year.

Also, David Wiese, who performed his duties well last year, and their main batting trump cards Erasmus and JJ Smit will bear more burden in this match.

The Dutch players will have to give their best in Geelong if they are not to repeat what happened last year.

04. Ireland and Scotland – Wednesday, October 19 – Hobart

Here you will be able to witness a crucial match between two teams representing Europe who knows each other very well.

Ireland leads 7-3 (2 draws, 1 draw) in the previous 13 matches between the two countries, and they come into the tournament after a good performance against Afghanistan at home.

Also, Ireland, who was thrown out in the first round of the tournament last year, will not allow the same mistake to happen again this time.

05. Scotland v Zimbabwe – Friday, October 21 – Hobart

A decisive match will be held between the Zimbabwe team, which lost the mandate to participate in the World Cup last year due to the ban imposed by the ICC, and Scotland, who are hoping to advance from the preliminary round this time, just like last year.

Under the new coach Dave Houghton, there is no doubt that the last hope of the Zimbabwe team entering the tournament is to be selected among the top 12 teams.

Zimbabwe won the 2021 T20 series against Scotland and the 2016 World Cup before that.

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