England all-rounder Ravi Bopara has picked his four teams that can reach the semi-finals of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The tournament will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman and begins from October 17 when the qualifying rounds start and the Super 12s round featuring the big teams begins from October 23rd.
Eight teams have been divided into two groups in the qualifying rounds and the top two ranked teams from each group advance into the Super 12s groups which feature 8 teams who have directly qualified for the T20 World Cup including hosts India.
Group 1 consists of Australia, England, South Africa, and West Indies along with two qualifiers, while Group 2 has India, Pakistan Afghanistan, and New Zealand along with the other two qualifiers.
I Am Backing England, West Indies, India And Pakistan To Get Into The Semi-Finals- Ravi Bopara
Former England all-rounder Ravi Bopara picked his four semi-finalists during his conversation on the BBC Test Match Special podcast. His first choice of the team was his own country England, who will be looking to become the first team in history to hold both the 50-over and T20 World Cup trophies.
Bopara, who was part of the 2010 T20 World Cup-winning England team, then also named two other former world champions and the current defending champion as his semifinalists. He named the 2007 T20 World Cup winner India, 2009 T20 World Cup winner Pakistan and the 2012 and 2016 tournament winners West Indies.
“I am backing England. I think they’re one of the strongest teams in the world and other countries know that too. Speaking to players around the world, they all fancy England to be there in the final four. I certainly fancy them to get there alongside the likes of India, Pakistan, I think West Indies have a good chance as well,” Bopara said.
“I think England’s struggles might be in the bowling department. India’s bowlers will be really effective, so will Pakistan’s. That’s going to be the biggest question mark over England’s World Cup hopes,” he added.
England begin their T20 World Cup campaign on October 23 against defending champions West Indies.