T20 World Cup 2024 Group C preview, fixtures, and key players.

Group C of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 promises different execution of cricket styles and explosive performances that can end up in a thrilling spectacle. The fight between West Indies and New Zealand for sure, will be the top highlights of Group C. Whereas, Afghanistan, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea will be aiming to create surprising playing cricket performances. Group C is packed with Caribbean flair and composed of experienced and energetic teams. Therefore, this group of matches is a must-watch in the 2024 T20 World Cup.  

T20 World Cup 2024 Group B preview, fixtures, and key players.

Team Previews

West Indies: 

The West Indies has been the sole winner of two T20 World Cup seasons, in 2012 and 2016. In 2012, the Caribbean team defeated Sri Lanka and in 2016, they beat England in the final round. They are the first cricket team in the T20 World Cup to win two times. 

Key players

Rovman Powell (Batter) This player prefers to face pace bowling in the death overs, where his strike rate rises to 197.

Akeal Hosein (bowler): This player, a left-arm spinner, has swiftly established himself as a major member of the West Indies’ bowling team.  He is a powerplay specialist and bowled exceptionally well in his overs in the past World Cup.

Squad list:

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

Match fixtures:

  • June 2, 2024: West Indies vs. Papua New Guinea, Guyana, 10:30 am local time.
  • June 8, 2024: West Indies vs. Uganda, Guyana, 8:00 pm local time.
  • June 12, 2024: West Indies vs. New Zealand, Trinidad, 8:00 pm local time.
  • June 17, 2024:  West Indies vs. Afghanistan, St. Lucia, 08:30 pm local time.

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New Zealand

The New Zealand team’s best performance so far was back in 2022. In that year, this cricket team made it into finals and ended up as runner-up against the winning team, Australia. This cricket team has been a semi-finalist in the 2007, 2016, and 2022 seasons.

Key players and notable inclusions:

Finn Allen (Batter) – This right-hand batter’s boundary hitting is incredible, and it may be a significant factor in giving its team great total scoring.

Mitch Santner (Bowler) – Left-arm spinner Santner has had a phenomenal playing performance for the New Zealand team. His skills to trickily change his speed and trajectory in bowling make him a hard-to-read bowler under this team.

Squad list:

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

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Match fixtures:

  • June 7, 2024: New Zealand vs. Afghanistan, Guyana, 07:30 pm local time.
  • June 12, 2024: New Zealand vs. West Indies, Trinidad, 08:30 pm local time.
  • June 14, 2024: New Zealand vs. Uganda, Trinidad, 08:30 pm local time.
  • June 17, 2024: New Zealand vs. Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, 10:30 am local time.

Afghanistan

In the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the Afghanistan team was able to enter the Super 12 stage of the competition.

Key player’s notable inclusions:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Batter) – This cricket player has scored more than twice as many runs as any other Afghanistan batter out there. Even more true, as he has a strike rate of 143.

Rashid Khan (Bowler) – Rashid’s skills are in high demand in the world of cricket competitions. Since he is widely regarded as one of the best T20 bowlers out there in cricket sport.

Squad List:

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

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Match fixtures:

  • June 3, 2024: Afghanistan vs. Uganda, Guyana, 08:30 pm local time.
  • June 7, 2024: Afghanistan vs. New Zealand, Guyana, 07:30 pm local time
  • June 13, 2024: Afghanistan vs. Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, 8:30 pm local time.
  • June 17, 2024: Afghanistan vs. West Indies, St. Lucia, 08:30 pm local time.

Uganda

This cricket team will be a debutant in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. It would be their first appearance to play in the said cricket competition.

Key players and notable inclusions:

Simon Ssesazi (Batter) This player has been the top run-scorer in T20 internationals for Uganda cricket and that is formidable.

Alpesh Ramjani (bowler): This cricketer, who is a left-arm spinner, can bring consistency throughout his bowling performances and that is notable.

Squad list:

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

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Match fixtures:

  • June 3, 2024: Uganda vs. Afghanistan, Guyana, 8:00 pm local time.
  • June 5, 2024: Uganda vs. Papua New Guinea, Guyana, 07:30 pm local time.
  • June 8, 2024: Uganda vs. West Indies, Guyana, 8:00 pm local time.
  • June 14, 2024: Uganda vs. New Zealand, Trinidad, 8:00 pm local time.

Papua New Guinea

 This cricket team debuted in the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and has qualified for the qualifier stage.

Key players and notable inclusions:

Tony Ura (Batter) This player has been the top run-scorer in the World Cup for his country, Papua New Guinea. So far, he is the only batsman to get a century for his cricket team in T20 international.

Charles Amini (Bowler) This cricketer is a leg-spinner and his contribution to the PNG team can be instrumental to its bowling department.

Squad list:

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

Match fixtures:

  • June 2, 2024: Papua New Guinea vs. West Indies, Guyana, 10:30 am local time.
  • June 5, 2024: Papua New Guinea vs. Uganda, Guyana, 07:30 pm local time.
  • June 13, 2024: Papua New Guinea vs. Afghanistan, Trinidad, 8:00 pm local time.
  • June 17, 2024: Papua New Guinea vs. New Zealand, Trinidad, 10:30 am local time.

Key Matches to Watch

In group C, there are three cricket teams that can stand out: the West Indies, New Zealand, and Afghanistan. These teams can provide matches to watch out for in the 2024 season of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Since they already have different records of playing in the competition,. Whereas, the other teams could have the potential to create shocking performances, like Uganda and Papua New Guinea. Given they are the recent joiners of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and do not played many games so far in the said cricket competition.

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Conclusion

Group C in the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup can give standout cricket performances. We see that West Indies and New Zealand teams can progress in the next round of the said cricket competition. However, the other teams may bring shocking performances once excelled in cricket. Nevertheless, Group C should not be underestimated, as they have the potential to create impactful and record-breaking performances once played well on the cricket field of the T20 Cricket World Cup Stage.

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