Zimbabwe and Hong Kong are all set for opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 today (Tuesday) at Nagpur cricket stadium.
One player, Tendai Chatara, who was also injured, is now back in the fold. “So we are going to make sure the players from all the teams are very well educated, understand their responsibility and will not get involved”.
But Richardson said it would not be right to speculate on individuals or teams after Flanagan said members of an worldwide side meant to manipulate events in upcoming matches. They will also be joined by the qualfying team.
Hong Kong are one of eight teams trying to qualify for the main phase of the tournament which begins next Tuesday, alongside cricket’s eight more established powers such as Australia, India and England. “But at the same time, having played them often in the past, we are confident we can beat them if we put our best foot forward in the park”, Bradburn said.
The former South African player said he expected the tournament to be corruption-free. “The side played well but we need to improve a bit more in the bowling department”, Afghan skipper Asghar Stanikzai said. “The last practice game we had went according to plan so the guys have something to build on”, said Masakadza.
The second match of t20 world cup on first day is Scotland v Afghanistan to be held in India to be started at 7:30 PM IST now. “We work out on the weakness of them”, said Afzal. “We have a young side, and they are always energetic and exciting”. Though Zimbabwe start as favourites in this contest, they will be wary of the Hong Kong. Experienced duo Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda will open their innings while wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami has been settled down at no.3.
Their sole victory in that competition came in a two-wicket win over Bangladesh and, although Zimbabwe are second favourites to progress from Group B after Afghanistan, Afzal is hopeful his team can spring a surprise in Nagpur.
Bangladesh are due to face the Netherlands on Wednesday in Dharamsala before Ireland face Oman at the same venue.