T20 World Cup 2022: Australia and Afghanistan to play in T20Is for first time

Finch and Nabi. (Picture Supply: Twitter)

Two groups who’ve performed so many T20Is and been part of so many worldwide video games have by no means been up towards one another within the format. Are you able to imagine that? As surprising because it sounds, that really is true! The reigning world champions Australia have by no means confronted Afghanistan within the T20Is to this point, and their contest on the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 can be a primary.

The 2 groups first confronted one another in an ODI again in 2012 and performed an ODI match at Sharjah in UAE. Their subsequent two conferences had been on the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. Notably, in any respect three conferences to date, Australia has emerged victorious. Curiously, this would be the first time ever that Australia and Afghanistan lock horns within the T20Is and their sport is scheduled for November 4, 2022.

The ICC Males’s T20 World Cup 2022 is ready to start on October 16 the place eight groups will compete within the First Spherical video games, which can be adopted by the Tremendous 12 video games beginning October 22. Afghanistan and Australia have each confirmed their berth within the Tremendous 12 and are part of Group 1 alongside England and New Zealand.

Groups gear up for the marquee occasion

Afghanistan’s final outing was the Asia Cup 2022, the place they completed final within the Tremendous 4 stage. The Mohammad Nabi-led facet entered the Tremendous Fours in a trendy method as Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to maneuver additional. However they may not bag a single victory thereafter and misplaced the contests towards Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and India.

Australia, then again, lately performed India in a three-match T20I sequence in India, however sadly misplaced it 1-2 after profitable the primary sport and dropping the subsequent two. They’re presently internet hosting West Indies for a few T20Is earlier than taking up England for a three-match T20I sequence, which can be adopted by their warm-up fixtures of the T20 World Cup 2022.