Bangladesh, Srilanka could not earn direct entry owing to their low rankings and will have to fight for a place in a group stage competition in 2020; while Afghanistan will start their campaign directly.
The International Cricket Council confirmed that Bangladesh, Srilanka will have to pass the preliminary stage to play the super 12s. On the other hand, topranked Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Windies and newbie Afghanistan will start their campaign promptly in the Super 12s, based on the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings as on 31 December 2018. This edition set to host Australia in 2020.
Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga expressed disappoinment as 2014 champions not making it to the Super 12s but confident of doing well in the tournament while Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan told that recent past performances had given them belief and they are determined to get this piece of work done well.
How Two Skipper expressed thier concern:
Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga: “It is a frustrating that we were not able to ensure a straight entry in Super 12s phase but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament.”
“After playing three finals and winning one edition, it is common that everyone imagined us to finish in the top-eight; but we have to take the opportunity in the extra matches of the group stage and prepare well for the knock-out matches.”
“We have some good players in the ranks and it is only a matter of doing our best when the time comes. We look forward to challenges coming our way as we prepare for the big event.”
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan: “We could not manage a direct Super 12 stage but I’m confident that we will be able to do well in the tournament after the initial phase.”
“We can afford to lose any team in our day and I see no reason why we can’t go far in the tournament. Have time yet We will use it to do well at our level best for the T20 World Cup.”
“We got a win T20 series against the West Indies, the world champions, in their backyard not so long ago. That performance has made us very confident about our ability in T-20s.”
MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings (as on 1 January 2019):