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ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Group C Preview

Two-time champions and co-hosts West Indies are grouped with New Zealand, Afghanistan, Uganda and Papua New Guinea at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

West Indies and New Zealand are the highest-ranked teams in Group C but will face strong resistance from Afghanistan, Uganda and Papua New Guinea as they aim to reach the second round.

West Indies
A series win against defending champions England late last year revealed just how dangerous a West Indies side at full strength can be. Despite their mediocre performance in the 2022 edition, the team led by Rovman Powell is a major threat this time.

They are well covered in all departments with several all-rounders and big hitters, capable of swinging matches, adding to their x-factor. The surprise inclusion in their squad for the tournament was Shamar Joseph, uncapped in T20Is until recently against South Africa, but clearly a great talent in the making as he showed in Australia during the Test series at the start of the year.

West Indies are also off to a rather easier start to the tournament with matches against the lower-ranked teams in the group, PNG and Uganda. If they start well, the co-hosts will be favorites to top the group.

Team

Rovman Powell (c), Alzarri Joseph, Johnson Charles, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Shamar Joseph, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd

Fixtures

Sun 2 Jun 2024 – West Indies v Papua New Guinea, Guyana, 10.30am LOCAL
Sat June 8, 2024 – West Indies v Uganda, Guyana, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Wed June 12, 2024 – West Indies v New Zealand, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Mon June 17, 2024 – West Indies v Afghanistan, St. Lucia, 8:30 PM LOCAL

New Zealand
New Zealand has made little change in terms of squad from the 2022 edition. It highlights both the consistency in the squad and also how good the Blackcaps unit is.

The team is also well prepared for the event with 36 T20Is under their belt since the end of the last T20 World Cup, the most among full-member teams.

The depth of talent at their disposal was evident in the recent T20I series in Pakistan, where a second-string team managed to level the series.

Kane Williamson, who will be playing his sixth T20 World Cup, will lead a strong side that has a wealth of experience alongside the exuberance of youth such as Rachin Ravindra, who sizzled with the bat in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and the exciting Finn Allen.

Veterans Trent Boult and Tim Southee will lead the pace attack, which also includes Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. There are also plenty of options in the spin department with Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Michael Bracewell and Ravindra.

New Zealand opens its campaign against Afghanistan in Guyana before taking on co-hosts West Indies in Trinidad.

Team

Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee. Traveling Reserve: Ben Sears

Fixtures

Fri Jun 7, 2024 – New Zealand v Afghanistan, Guyana, 7:30pm LOCAL
Wed June 12, 2024 – New Zealand v West Indies, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Fri June 14, 2024 – New Zealand v Uganda, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Mon 17 Jun 2024 – New Zealand v Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, 10.30am LOCAL

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Afghanistan
Afghanistan are ranked 10th in the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings but are more than capable of pulling off big wins.

They registered series wins against UAE (twice), Pakistan and Ireland since the end of the last T20 World Cup and also reached the final of the Asian Games Men’s Cricket Competition, where they lost to India.

The team will get a boost from the return of Rashid Khan after the leg-spinner’s long layoff. He leads a versatile spin department that also includes Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Nangyal Kharoti and veteran Mohammad Nabi.

Afghanistan begins its campaign against Uganda in Guyana on June 3.

Team

Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Nangyal Kharoti, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik. Reserves: Sediq Atal, Hazratullah Zazai, Saleem Safi

Fixtures

Mon June 3, 2024 – Afghanistan v Uganda, Guyana, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Fri June 7, 2024 – Afghanistan v New Zealand, Guyana, 7:30 PM LOCAL
Thu June 13, 2024 – Afghanistan v Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Mon June 17, 2024 – Afghanistan v West Indies, St. Lucia, 8:30 PM LOCAL

Uganda
Uganda secured a spot in the T20 World Cup by comfortably beating Rwanda in their final match of the African region qualifier. With five wins in six matches, Uganda were the standout team alongside Namibia in the Africa qualifier as they sealed their place in the mega event.

Uganda have a stellar record heading into the tournament with 41 wins in their last 49 T20Is, a winning percentage of 83.67 percent.

Under the leadership of Brian Masaba, Uganda will participate in the tournament with a lot of experience in the team. In addition to 43-year-old Frank Nsubuga, the team also includes Alpesh Ramjani, who was one of the nominees for the 2023 ICC Men’s T20I Cricketer of the Year.

Uganda will play their first three matches in Guyana and have the opportunity to pull off a surprise in Group C.

Team

Brian Masaba (c), Simon Ssesazi, Roger Mukasa, Cosmas Kyewuta, Dinesh Nakrani, Fred Achelam, Kenneth Waiswa, Alpesh Ramjani, Frank Nsubuga, Henry Ssenyondo, Bilal Hassun, Robinson Obuya, Riazat Ali Shah, Juma Miyaji, Ronak Patel. Traveling reservists: Innocent Mwebaze, Ronald Lutaaya

Fixtures

Mon June 3, 2024 – Uganda v Afghanistan, Guyana, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Wed June 5, 2024 – Uganda v Papua New Guinea, Guyana, 7:30 PM LOCAL
Sat June 8, 2024 – Uganda v West Indies, Guyana, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Fri June 14, 2024 – Uganda v New Zealand, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL

Papua New Guinea
Like Uganda, PNG comes into the tournament with an impeccable record of 14 wins in the last 18 matches. They are led by the enterprising Assad Vala, PNG will be making their second appearance at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Papua New Guinea maintained an undefeated record in the qualifying matches, winning six consecutive matches.

With many all-rounders in the squad, PNG have a versatile unit that can test the bigger teams in the group.

Papua New Guinea kick off their campaign with a challenging opening match against hosts West Indies on June 2. They will next face Uganda on June 5, followed by matches against Afghanistan and New Zealand.

Team

Assadollah Vala (c), Alei Nao, Chad Soper, CJ Amini, Hila Vare, Hiri Hiri, Jack Gardner, John Kariko, Kabua Vagi Morea, Kipling Doriga, Lega Siaka, Norman Vanua, Sema Kamea, Sese Bau, Tony Ura

Fixtures

Sun 2 Jun 2024 – Papua New Guinea v West Indies, Guyana, 10.30am LOCAL
Wed June 5, 2024 – Papua New Guinea v Uganda, Guyana, 7:30 PM LOCAL
Thu June 13, 2024 – Papua New Guinea v Afghanistan, Trinidad, 8:30 PM LOCAL
Mon June 17, 2024 – Papua New Guinea v New Zealand, Trinidad, 10.30am LOCAL

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