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Sri Lanka & Bangladesh Miss Out on Direct Qualification for T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday (January 1) confirmed the sides that have achieved direct qualification for the T20 World Cup 2020. Hosts Australia and nine other sides have gained qualification for the 16-team tournament.

Cricketnext Staff |January 1, 2019, 9:01 PM IST
Sri Lanka & Bangladesh Miss Out on Direct Qualification for T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday (January 1) confirmed the sides that have achieved direct qualification for the T20 World Cup 2020. Hosts Australia and nine other sides have gained qualification for the 16-team tournament.

The lineup was decided on the basis of T20I team rankings as of December 31. As per the qualification criteria, the top eight teams, Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and Afghanistan have attained a direct route into the Super 12s stage.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, ranked 9 and 10 on the charts will play in the group stage along with six other teams who make it through from the T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019. Out of the group stage, four teams will then qualify for the Super 12s of the tournament, which will be held from 18 October to 15 November 2020.

For 2014 champions and three-time finalists Sri Lanka, not achieving direct qualification into the Super 12 stage was a bitter pill to swallow but captain Lasith Malinga said that he was confident his side will do well in the tournament.

"It is a bit disappointing that we have not been able to ensure a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament," he said.

“Having played three finals and winning once, it is natural that everyone expected 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 fine 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 captain, Shakib Al Hasan also voiced similar thoughts to his Sri Lankan counterpart and insisted that having beaten current champions West Indies in a T20 series recent his side was proof his side is on an upward curve in the shortest format of the game as well.

“We have not secured a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament by going through the group stage.

“We are a side capable of beating the best on our day and I see no reason why we can’t go far in the tournament. There is still some time and we will use it to be at our best for the T20 World Cup.

“We won a T20 series against the West Indies, the world champions, in their backward not so long ago. That performance has given us a lot of belief in our Twenty20 capabilities.”

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