The 2016 World T20 gets under way on Tuesday 8th March, when Hong Kong take on Zimbabwe in Nagpur in the opening match of the tournament.
The 2016 tournament is being held in India, and lasts for just under four weeks, with the final taking place at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Sunday 3rd April, 2016.
2016 World T20 Format
This year’s format sees two groups of four competing for two places in the Super 10 section. The two groups are Group A, which is made up of Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands and Oman. With Group B made up of Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe.
The four teams in both groups will play each other once in round-robin format, with the winners of each group moving onto the Super 10 section.
The winner of Group B will join England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 10 section. While the winners of Group A will join Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan in Group 2 of the Super 10 section.
Again, all the teams in both groups will play each other once in round robin format, a total of four matches per team. The top two teams in each group will then play each other in the semi-finals, with the winners of the semi-finals obviously playing each other in the final.
2016 World T20 Betting
In the betting the favourites are hosts India. MS Dhoni’s team are around the 2/1 mark, with Coral at 9/4 coming in at the best price. Some layers actually have them as short as 15/8.
South Africa are second in the betting. They may well have looked down and out as a team after going 2-0 down to England in the recent ODI series (on the back of a test series defeat), but a winning run in the final 3 ODI’s, followed by T20 wins over England and Australia have seen AB de Villiers men backed in to 11/2 second favourites with bet365.
Third favourites are Australia. The Aussies are currently ranked number 1 in both Test and 50 Over ODI cricket, but sit a lowly eighth in the world rankings for T20. They have just replaced Aaron Finch as T20 captain with Steven Smith (the current Test and ODI captain), and although Finch has retained his place in the squad, it remains to be seen if all of this upheaval will upset the Australian camp, and cause problems on the pitch.
The Aussies are currently a best price of 6/1 with Skybet to win the 2016 World T20, but with all the uncertainty about how the recent internal events might have effected the squad, coupled with the low ranking (they are raked No.8 for a reason), it is hard to make a case for them being as high as third favourite in the betting.
World T20 Spread Betting
For 2016 World T20 spread betting markets, please check out the Sporting Index website. If you require more information about cricket spread betting, or it is a form of betting you are considering getting into, please check out our Cricket Spread Betting Explained page for more information.