The first-round matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 is slated to start on October 16, 2022. It will be a great competition as eight teams will compete for two sports in the Super 12 stage of the marquee T20 competition.
Group A of the qualifier comprises Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. United Arab Emirates qualified from Global Qualifier A, which took place in Oman from February 18 to 24, 2022. Namibia and Sri Lanka made it into the qualifying rounds.
Ireland and Zimbabwe made it into the qualifying round after reaching the final of the Global qualifier B tournament played in Zimbabwe from July 11 to 17, 2022. Scotland and West Indies did not finish in the top 8 rankings after T20 World Cup played in 2021.
Group A – Squads and Schedule
Namibia: JJ Smit, Stephen Baard, David Wiese, Gerhard Eramsus (C), Nicol Loftie Eaton, Ruben Trumelmann, Zane Green, Bernard Scholtz, Tangeni Lungameni, Michael van Lingen, Karl Birkenstock, Lohan Louwrens, Helao Ya France, Divan La Cock, Jan Frylinck.
Netherlands: Scott Edwards (C/WK), Colin Ackermann, Shariz Ahmed, Logan Van Beek, Tom Cooper, Brandon Glover, Timm Van der Gugten, Fred Klassen, Bas de Leede, Paul van Meekeren, Roelf van der Meerwe, Stephan Myburgh, Teja Nidamuru, Max O Dowd, Tim Pringle, and Vikram Singh.
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanaka, Bhaunka Rajapaksa, Dhanajaya de Silva, Hasaranga, Mahesh Theekshana, Jefferey Vandersay, Chamika Karaunate, Dushmanta Chameera ( Subject to fitness), Lahiru Kumara ( Subject to fitness), Dilshan Madhushanka, and Pramod Madhushan.
Reserves: Ahsen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Binura Fernando, Nuwanidu Fernando.
United Arab Emirates: CP Rizwan (C), Chirag Suri, Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Aryan Lakra, Zawar Farid, Kashif Daud, Karthik Meiyappan, Ahmed Raza, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Sabir Ali, Alishan Sharafu, Aayan Khan
Reserves: Sultan Ahmed, Fahad Nawaz, Vishnu Sukumaran, Adhithya Shetty, Sanchit Sharma
October 16 – Namibia vs Sri Lanka – Kardinia Park, Geelong – 9.30 AM
October 16 – Netherlands vs UAE – Kardinia Park, Geelong – 1.30 PM
October 18 – Namibia vs Netherlands – Kardinia Park, Geelong – 9.30 AM
October 18 – Sri Lanka vs UAE – Kardinia Park, Geelong – 1.30 PM
October 20 – Netherlands vs Sri Lanka – Kardinia Park, Geelong – 9.30 AM
Group B – Squads and Schedule
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Stephen Doheny, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young, Simi Singh, Mark Adair.
Zimbabwe: Craig Ervine (C), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chatara, Brad Evans, Luke Jongwe, Clive Mandande, Wesley Madhevere. Wellington Masakadza, Tony Munyonga, Blessing Muzarbani, Richard Ngarava, Sikander Raza, Milton Shumba, Sean Williams.
Reserves: Tanaka Chivanga, Innocent Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Marumani, Victor Nyauchi.
Scotland: Richard Berrington (C), George Munsey, Michael Leask, Bradley Wheal, Chris Sole, Chris Greaves, Safyaan Sharif, Josh Davey, Matthew Cross, Calcum MacLeod, Hamza Tahir, Mark Watt, Brandon McMullen, Michael Jones, Craig Wallace.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Nicolas Pooran (C), Shimron Hetymer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hossain, Rovman Powell, Johnson Charles, Raymon Reifer, Odean Smith, Yannic Cariah, Sheldon Cottrell, Alazzari Joseph, Obed McCoy.
October 17 – Scotland vs West Indies – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 9.30 AM
October 17 – Ireland vs Zimbabwe – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 1.30 PM
October 19 – Ireland vs Scotland – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 9.30 AM
October 19 – West Indies vs Zimbabwe – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 1.30 PM
October 21 – Ireland vs West Indies – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 9.30 AM
October 21 – Scotland vs Zimbabwe – Belivere Oval, Hobart – 1.30 PM
Written by Pavan Suresh