Group B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland — Can PNG Spring a Surprise?
Time for Group B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads analysis.
In the qualifying round, there are two groups (Group A & B) of 4 teams each, top 2 of which will go in the main round (Group 1 and 2). Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, and Sri Lanka form Group A, while Group B has teams Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland.
In the main draw, 4 qualifier teams will join either Group 1 (Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies) or Group 2, (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and New Zealand).
Here is the detailed squad analysis — Most Balanced, Surprise Exclusions, In-Form Inclusions and Predictions!
Also Read: Group 1 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, Group 2 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, New Zealand
Bangladesh T20 World Cup Squad
Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast BowlersMohammad NaimShakib Al HasanMohammad SaifuddinLiton DasMahedi HasanMustafizur RahmanMahmudullahSoumya SarkarMushfiqur RahimNasum AhmedTaskin AhmedAfif HossainNurul HasanShamim HossainAminul IslamRubel HossainGroup B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Bangladesh
- Mohammad Naim, 2. Liton Das, 3. Shakib Al Hasan, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim, 5. Mahmudullah ©, 6. Afif Hossain, 7. Nurul Hasan (WK), 8. Mahedi Hasasn, 9. Mohammad Saifuddin, 10. Nasum Ahmed, 11. Mustafizur Rahman
- Average Age: 27
- Unlucky to Miss Out: Tamim Iqbal (opted out), Mosaddek Hossain, Shoriful Islam
- Surprise Inclusions: None
- Watch Out For: Mahmudullah’s captaincy, Mahedi-Nasum-Mustafizur-Shakib on slow pitches
- Current T20I Ranking: 6th
- Recent Result: Won Vs Australia 4–1. Won Vs New Zealand 3–2.
- Prediction: Rank 1st in Group B. Might even threaten the top half of the table in the main round if they qualify here.
Shakib has stated that Bangladesh are coming into the tournament with a winning mentality having beaten Australia and New Zealand at home convincingly. Bangladesh will have to be on-spot because they have to qualify in Oman before they can reach the main draw.
62, 117, 121, 108, 60, 137, 93 — Scores Bangladesh have limited Australia and New Zealand to. Can they perform on a pitch less assistance to spinners and the cutters of the Fizz? Will they miss Tamim Iqbal at the top, who has opted out?
Oman T20 World Cup Squad
Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast BowlersZeeshan MaqsoodKhawar AliFayyaz ButtNaseem KhushiAyan KhanBilal KhanAqib IlyasNestor DhambaMohammad NadeemSuraj KumarKaleemullahJatinder SinghSandeep GoudSufyan MehmoodKhurram NawazGroup B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Oman
Oman Probable XI
- Jatinder Singh, 2. Khawar Ali, 3. Zeesan Maqsood ©, 4. Aqib Ilyas, 5. Mohammad Nadeem, 6. Suraj Kumar (WK), 7. Naseem Khushi, 8. Fayyaz Butt, 9. Bilal Khan, 10. Sufyan Mehmood, 11. Sufyan Mehmood/Ayan Khan
- Average Age: 33
- Unlucky to Miss Out:
- Surprise Inclusions: Nestor Dhamba, Ayan Khan
- Watch Out For: Bilal Khan, whose 4–23 against Hong Kong ensured Oman’s qualification.
- Current T20I Ranking: 18th
- Prediction: Rank 4th in Group B.
Does Oman Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?
Victorious against Ireland in the 2016 T20 World Cup (remember that catch?), they will be banking on similar experience to go one step further this time around. Easily the oldest side at this WC, this might be the final time this Oman generation plays at the big stage, especially with the Hong Kongs and Nepals breathing down their neck.
Papua New Guinea T20 World Cup Squad
Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast BowlersAssad ValaCharles AminiGaudi TokaSimon AtaiKabua MoreaSese BauJason KilaKiplin DorigaNosaina PokanaLega SiakaDamien RavuHiri HiriChad SoperTony UraNorman VanuaGroup B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea Probable XI
- Assad Vala ©, 2. Tony Ura, 3. Lega Siaka, 4. Charles Amini, 5. Sese Bau, 6. Kiplin Doriga (WK), 7. Norman Vanua, 8. Jason Kila, 9. Nosaina Pokana, 10. Damien Ravu, 11. Kabua Morea
- Average Age: 28
- Watch Out For: Tony Ura. His teammate Amini described him as the most destructive batter in the Associate nations.
- Current T20I Ranking: 16th
- Prediction: Rank 3rd in Group B.
Does Papua New Guinea Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?
Qualifying 2nd in the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier, they have the ingredients to go through the next round. I am looking forward to their fielding, being described as one of the more disciplined Associate sides. However, I cannot see past Bangladesh and Scotland in this group.
Scotland T20 World Cup Squad
Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast BowlersKyle CoetzerChris GreavesDylan BudgeMatthew CrossHamza TahirJosh DaveyRichie BerringtonMichael LeaskCraig WallaceAlasdair EvansCalum MacLeodMark WattSafyaan SharifGeorge MunseyChris SoleOllie HairsBrad WhealGroup B 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Scotland
Scotland Probable XI
- George Munsey, 2. Kyle Coetzer ©, 3. Matthew Cross (WK), 4. Calum MacLeod, 5. Richie Berrington, 6. Michael Leask, 7. Josh Davey, 8. Alasdair Evans, 9. Safyaan Sharif, 10. Hamza Tahir, 11. Mark Watt
- Average Age: 30
- Watch Out For: The top order. Munsey-Coetzer-Cross-MacLeod have been on the scene for a few years now. They should fine the next gear in this tournament.
- Current T20I Ranking: 14th
- Prediction: Rank 2nd in Group B.
Does Scotland Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?
I have been waiting to watch more of Scotland since they defeated (not upset) England on the eve of the 2019 ODI Cricket World Cup. Scotland scored 371 runs courtesy, MacLeod’s 140*. They can definitely bat and they should be able to escape the pre-qualifying group but can they survive the pitches in Oman & UAE to win any further?
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