The Bangladesh national men’s cricket team will play in Group 2 of the Super 12 round in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022. They don’t have to take part in the first round to qualify for the next phase, as they had to in the previous edition. It’s certainly an improvement for the team Tigers, but the teams they will face in the main event will definitely give them a hard time. Besides, the Australian conditions are another major concern for the players' ability to show their true potential in the tournament. Let’s take a look at the teams that Bangladesh will face in Group 2.
2022 T20 World Cup: The participating teams in Group 2
The confirmed participating teams in Group 2 are Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Two more teams will join the group after competing in the first round. Given their respective strengths, the West Indies and Netherlands are likely to advance to the Super 12 Group 2 phase.
Given the current form and strengths, Bangladesh will have to face some tough competition in Group 2. South Africa, Pakistan, and India are the top four T20I teams according to the ICC. On the other hand, if West Indies qualify to play in this group, then facing them will also be a real challenge for the Bangladesh T20I team. Recently, they lost a T20I series against the Caribbean side 2-0. Overall, Bangladesh have five wins and nine defeats against the Windies.
Bangladesh's only hope of winning a game will be against the team that finishes second in Group A in the first round. Except for that match, the other opponents will start as favourites against Bangladesh in their remaining matches. Bangladesh’s records against the other three confirmed teams in the group are very poor. Therefore, expecting good results against them in unfavourable conditions would not be realistic.
Bangladesh’s T20I records against India, Pakistan, and South Africa ( as on July 20, 2022)
|Opposition||Match||Bangladesh Win||Bangladesh Lose|
The majority of Bangladeshi players also lack sufficient experience playing in Australian settings. There will be quick, bouncy pitches which are also suitable for batting. Bangladesh's players must quickly adjust to the environment to exhibit some tenacity against these formidable opponents.
Bangladesh’s Super 12 fixtures in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022
The 2022 ICC Twenty20 World Cup will begin on October 16. Bangladesh will start their World Cup campaign with a match against the Group A runner-up from the first round. Team Tigers will end their Super 12 phase with a match against Pakistan. Overall, Bangladesh will play five matches in this phase. Here are the complete Super 12 fixtures of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh vs Group A Runner-Up : October 24 | Venue: Bellerive Oval, Hobart | Start Time: 10 a.m. (BST)
Bangladesh vs South Africa : October 27 | Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney | Start Time: 9 a.m. (BST)
Bangladesh vs Group B Winner : October 30 | Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane | Start Time: 9 a.m. (BST)
Bangladesh vs India : November 2 | Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide | Start Time: 2 p.m. (BST)
Bangladesh vs Pakistan : November 6 | Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide | Start Time: 10 a.m. (BST)
The majority of Bangladesh’s opponents in Group 2 of the Super 12 phase are the ICC’s top-ranked teams. Teams like India, Pakistan, and South Africa are among the favourites to win the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The West Indies can also surprise everyone if the team finds the right combination during the main event. Therefore, Bangladesh have no realistic chance to qualify for the semifinals. Their main objective in the competition is to compete fearlessly against the difficult rivals. Bangladesh’s 2022 Twenty20 World Cup campaign will be deemed a success if they are able to do this.