Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
Dhaka: Get ready for the World Cup fever, as within a week`s time, the biggest ICC event in the shortest format of the game - World Twenty20 - will kick-start in Bangladesh. Being the host nation, Bangladesh will play against minnows Afghanistan, in the opening encounter scheduled to take place on March 16 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.
It`s always difficult to pick a clear winner in the shortest format of the game and in the last four editions, we have seen four different winners in India, Pakistan, England and West Indies respectively. Though the sub-continent teams might hold an edge over overseas teams, one can`t really pick a clear favourite to lift the coveted trophy.
If we go by the current form of a few teams, the West Indies have a good chance to defend the title which they won in 2012. They recently sealed the Twenty-20 series against England and have a bunch of match winners in their team.
Australia and Sri Lanka too have good chances of winning the title. While Australia have a good blend of youth and experience, Lankans - who have reached the finals two times, have few utility players who can win them the title in the fifth edition of the event.
Though it wouldn`t be fair to write-off teams like India, Pakistan and South Africa, but they have to show consistency throughout the tournament, to reach the finals or to win, for that matter.
Though in the slam-bang version of game, New Zealand and Bangladesh will also try to pull-off few surprises, they aren`t the favourites to lift their maiden World Twenty20 trophy.