Group B looks set to be hotly contested in the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland battle it out to qualify for the Super 12.

Group B looks set to be hotly contested in the first round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as Bangladesh, Oman, Papua New Guinea, and Scotland battle it out to qualify for the Super 12.

The teams will play each other once in a round-robin format from 17-21 October, with the top two advancing into the next stage.

Oman has home advantage in just their second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, with all the Group B matches to be played at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground in Al Amerat.

The hosts earned their place after coming through the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019, as did Scotland and Papua New Guinea – who will be playing in their first World Cup in any format.

Bangladesh qualified by virtue of their world ranking and enter as favorites to top the group. Whoever does so will join Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the Group A runners-up in Group 2 at the Super 12 stage.

The team finishing second in Group B will meet Australia, England, South Africa, reigning champions West Indies and the Group A winners in Group 1.

Bangladesh (seventh appearance)

Ever-presents at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Bangladesh has not yet topped their performance in the very first edition in 2007 when they reached the Super 8s stage.

Hosting the tournament in 2014 did not bring a change in fortunes but a squad containing a promising mixture of youth and experience enter in excellent form this time around following an impressive sequence of series wins.

Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1), and New Zealand (3-2) have all been beaten in the T20I series in recent months and veteran captain Mahmadullah will hope for more of the same when the action begins in Oman.

The skipper is one of several seasoned internationals in a Tigers squad which also includes Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim, though Tamim Iqbal made himself unavailable for selection in September.

The opener was the leading run-scorer in the most recent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2016 but a desire to see the country’s young openers seize their opportunity on the world stage led to his withdrawal, with Naim Sheikh and Liton Das the men trusted to fill Tamim’s sizeable shoes at the top of the order.

With the ball, left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed has settled seamlessly into the international arena since making his T20I debut in March and seamer Mustafizur Rahman was the third-highest wicket-taker at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Shamim Hossain and Shoriful Islam, meanwhile, were part of the squad which helped Bangladesh claim Under-19 Cricket World Cup glory in early 2020.

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