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Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads Dissected: Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka—Can Sri Lanka Spin Their Way Out of Trouble?

by Sep 12, 2021Article Index, T20 World Cup

Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Picture of captains Erasmus, Balbirnie, Shanaka, and Dutchmen Ryan Ten Doeschate

Time for Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads analysis.

In the mini-qualifier group, 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 ‘qualifying group of death,’ Group A. 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!

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Ireland T20 World Cup Squad

Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast Bowlers
Andy BalbirnieSimi SinghKevin O’BrienNeil RockJosh Little
Harry TectorPaul StirlingCurtis CampherAndy McBrine
George DockrellMark AdairBarry McCarthy
Gareth DelanyShane Getkate
Graham KennedyLoran TuckerBen WhiteCraig Young
Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Ireland

Ireland Probable XI

  1. Paul Stirling, 2. Kevin O’Brien, 3. Andy Balbirnie (C), 4. Harry Tector, 5. Shane Getkate, 6. George Dockrell, 7. Neil Rock (WK), 8. Simi Singh, 9. Curtis Campher, 10. Mark Adair, 11. Josh Little/ Andy McBrine
  • Average Age: 27
  • Unlucky to Miss Out: William McClintock, Craig Young (reserves)
  • Surprise Inclusions: Graham Kennedy
  • Watch Out For: Paul Stirling, the best ODI player of 2020, and Curtis Campher, a potential world class allrounder for the future
  • Current T20I Ranking: 12th

  • Recent Results: Won 3-2 Vs Zimbabwe
  • Prediction: Rank 4th in Group A. I just do not see this Ireland side going too far.

Does Ireland Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?

Ireland just won a T20I series but T20 cricket is not their strength. If Ireland are to do well, their all rounders and power hitters have to come to the fore to support the steadiness that Balbirnie-Tector provide in the middle.

Namibia T20 World Cup Squad

Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast Bowlers
Stephan BaardGerhard ErasmusDavid WieseZane GreenBen Shikongo
Karl BirkenstockBernard ScholtzJJ SmitMichael van Lingen
Michau du PreezJan Frylinck
Jan Nicol Loftie-EatonRuben Trumpelmann
Craig Williams
Pikky Ya FranceMauritius Ngupita
Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Namibia

Australia Probable XI

  1. Stephan Baad, 2. Craig Williams, 3. JJ Smit, 4. Gerhard Erasmus (C), 5. Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, 6. David Wiese, 7. Zane Green (WK), 8. Michau du Preez, 9. Jan Frylinck, 10. Bernard Scholtz, 11. Ben Shikongo
  • Average Age: 27
  • Watch Out For: Gerhard Erasmus, player of the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier. He has a T20I average of 40.33 at a 141.10 SR with 5 fifties. That is a great record, even if it is against Associate nations.
  • Unlucky to Miss Out: JP Kotze, Zhivago Groeneweld (retired)
  • Current T20I Ranking: 19th
  • Recent Results: Won Vs Uganda 3-0
  • Prediction: Rank 3rd in Group A. At least one upset around the corner?

Does Namibia Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?

The dark horse of the qualifying group. Qualifying for the first time in a World Cup since 2003, this has been one of the feel-good stories of recent times. The big story is that David Wiese, a star in the CPL and PSL, who has represented South Africa at the international level (even 2016 T20 Worl Cup) will now represent Namibia due to his paternal heritage.

Netherlands T20 World Cup Squad

Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast Bowlers
Stephan MyburgPieter SeelarRyan Ten DoeschateScott EdwardsPhilippe BoissevainTimm van der Gugten
Max O’DowdColin AckermanFred Klassen
Ben CooperRoelof van der MerweLogan van Beek
Bas de LeedeBrandon Glover
Paul van Meekeren
Tobias ViseeShane Snater
Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Netherlands

Netherlands Probable XI

  1. Max O’Dowd, 2. Stephan Myburg, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Bas de Leede, 5. Ryan Ten Doeschate, 6. Pieter Seelar (C), 7. Scott Edwards (WK), 8. Roelof van der Merwe, 9. Timm van der Gugten, 10. Philippe Boissevain, 11. Paul van Meekeren
  • Average Age: 30
  • Surprise Inclusions: Ryan Ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe
  • Watch Out For: Max O’Dowd, has been in a bit of form earlier this year
  • Current T20I Ranking: 17th

  • Recent Results: Won 2, Lost 2, Tied 1 in the Nepal Tri-Nation T20I series (lost finals) alongside Nepal & Malaysia
  • Prediction: Rank 1st in Group A. Gut feeling that they will win against Sri Lanka and might upset another major team in the main draw if they qualify.

Does Netherlands Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?

They definitely have the ingredients. Max O’Dowd-Myburg form a potent opening partnership on which Doeschate-Seelar-der Merwe can build upon. Paul van Meekeren became the first Dutch player to play in the CPL and that experience will help out. Expect van der Gugten-van Meekeren to shoulder the pace bowling responsibilities.

Sri Lanka T20 World Cup Squad

Batters Spin Bowling All-RoundersMedium Pace All-RoundersWicket-KeepersSpin BowlersFast Bowlers
Avishka FernandoWanindu Hasaranaga de SilvaDasun ShanakaDinesh ChandimalMahesh TheekshanaDushmantha Chameera
Bhanuka RajapaksaDhananjaya de SilvaLahiru MadushankaKusal PereraPraveen JayawickramaNuwan Pradeep
Charith AsalankaChamika Karunaratne
Kamindu MendisBinura Fernando
Pulina TharangaAkila DhananjayaLahiru Kumara
Group A 2021 T20 World Cup Squads: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Probable XI

  1. Kusal Perera (WK), 2. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 3. Avishka Fernando, 4. Dinesh Chandimal, 5. Dhananjaya de Silva, 6. Wanindu Hasaranga, 7. Dasun Shanaka (C), 8. Nuwan Pradeep, 9. Dushmantha Chameera, 10. Mahesh Theekshana, 11. Praveen Jayawickrama
  • Average Age: 27
  • Unlucky to Miss Out: Angelo Mathews (contract issue), Minod Bhanuka (not picked), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilika (suspension)
  • Surprise Inclusions: Mahesh Theekshana
  • Watch Out For: Theekshana, Jayawickrama, and Hasaranga—the spin trio
  • Current T20I Ranking: 10th

Does Sri Lanka Have It In Them to Qualify for the Next Round?

Sri Lanka are currently on a losing streak and have been in transition for half a decade, but 2021 might be where the tide turns. With the bat, de Silva and Avishka Fernando are chipping in with consistent performances to support Perera, Chandimal, and Shanaka.

Hasaranga has been a revelation (#2 ICC ranked bowler), can bat at the top and finish games off and can bowl anywhere in the lineup. Sri Lanka have also found mystery spinner Theekshana and left arm spinner Jayawickrama (apart from Test spinner Embuldeniya and reserve Dhananjaya). Pacers Chameera-Pradeep cap off a balanced bowling attack.

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