The T20 World Cup is all set to take place in UAE and Oman from the 17th of October to the 14th of November featuring 16 participating nations from around the world.
The mega event was originally set to be staged in India, unfortunately, due to the prevailing conditions in the country, it was shifted to UAE and Oman.
Preparations are well underway to host the tournament; it is set to be the largest fan-based event in the UAE since the start of the pandemic.
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While the fans prepare to cheer on their favorite teams as they drive for the title, the teams in return are training very hard to achieve their best performance.
Here are the top 5 Muslim cricketers to watch out for in the T20 World Cup 2021:
Rashid Khan was born in 1998 in Nangarhar, eastern Afghanistan. He hails from Jalalabad and has ten siblings.
The dashing cricketer from Afghanistan has quickly established himself as an automatic pick for the team.
His biggest weapon is a very accurate googly, Rashid is also an athletic fielder and very much capable of clearing the boundary with his bat.
He is the youngest cricketer to captain a test match side at 20 years of age and also the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in ODIs and T20s.
Keep an eye out for this young prodigy!
26 Oct - v B1
30 Oct - v PAK
31 Oct - v A2
4 Nov - v IND
7 Nov - v NZ
His contributions have been equally vital with the bat and ball. He has an explosive left-handed batting style, generally deployed as a middle-order batsman. Without a doubt, the left-arm orthodox spin wizard has been a consistent player for Bangladesh.
Being the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in all international formats, watch out for him!
17 Oct - v SCO
19 Oct - v OMA
21 Oct - v PNG
Adil Rashid hails from Bradford, West Yorkshire, and is of Pakistani background. His first professional breakthrough was when Adil ripped through Warwickshire with 6 wickets on his first-class debut in 2006 at Scarborough.
Rashid at present is England's leading wicket-taker among spin bowlers in ODIs and T20Is respectively. The leg spinner uses four different deliveries: the leg break, the top spinner, the googly, and the slider. As for his contributions with the bat, he is a useful lower-order batsman with a high strike rate.
He played a crucial role in England’s historic ODI World Cup 2019 victory and will definitely be a dominating presence in the upcoming T20 campaign for his team.
23 Oct - v WI
27 Oct - v B2
30 Oct - v AUS
1 Nov - v A1
6 Nov - v SA
Mohammed Shami is recognized as a special talent with the ball, a hard-working individual who consistently bowls at 145-150 km/h.
He is known for his death bowling during the last overs of an innings and is described to be “unplayable” at times in all formats.
"Shami never wanted money. His goal was the stumps, the sound that comes from hitting the stumps. Ever since I saw him, most of his wickets were bowled. He bowls with an upright seam, on or just outside off stump, and gets it to cut back in."
— Debabrata Das on Mohammed Shami
His special ability is to swing the ball (old and new) both ways on most surfaces. Watch out for his pace and accuracy at the T20 World Cup!
24 Oct - v PAK
31 Oct - v NZ
3 Nov - v AFG
5 Nov - v B1
8 Nov - v A2
The captain of the Pakistani team definitely has to be listed in our Muslim cricketers to watch out for at the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Babar became the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 2,000 runs in T20Is, doing so in his 52nd innings against Zimbabwe in April 2021. Babar is currently ranked No.1 in the ODI Batsmen Rankings dethroning Virat Kohli. He is also ranked No.2 in the T20 Batsmen Rankings currently.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam is confident of winning the ICC Men's T20 World Cup as he said the Men in Green were focusing on what's to come and not their past performance.
24 Oct - v IND
26 Oct - v NZ
29 Oct - v AFG
2 Nov - v A2
7 Nov - v B1