Former world T20 champions and three-time finalists, Sri Lanka along with Bangladesh will have to compete with other six other teams to find a place in the Super 12s round.
As per the qualification criteria, the hosts Australia and other top nine sides will qualify directly to the T20 World Cup 2020. The top-eight sides as per the ICC T20I team ranking on December 31, 2018, will qualify for the Super 12s, whereas, last two teams will have to earn their spots by competing against six other sides in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019.
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are not in the top eight teams in T20s at the moment so they will have to fight for their berth in the Super 12s. It has disappointed Sri Lanka’s veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga.
“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.”
However, the World T20 2014 winning captain is confident that his side will be able to advance in the main round of the multi-nation event.
“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,” he said.
Similarly, Bangladesh’s skipper Shakib Al Hasan is also optimistic about making it to the next round in the T20 World Cup 2020.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Pakistan are the top-ranked side at the moment as they have been dominating in the T20Is. Other teams that qualified directly are India, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Windies and Afghanistan.