Onwards to the T20 Cricket World Championship

With the qualifying tournament over (uniquely with both the finals and the third-place match washed out) we know which teams will participate in the  T20 World Championship (NOT World Cup) to be held in India in March/April 2016. The 10 Test nations will be joined by Scotland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Oman.

As in 2014, the first round will be played by 8 teams (Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and the 6 qualifiers) and the two top teams will join the other 8. There are two groups of 5, and the top 4 teams qualify for the semi-finals.

The winners of the first round need not be taken for granted; in 2014 Zimbabwe did not qualify but the Netherlands did.

A point of interest was this player:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/772407.html

He does not play for the Netherlands as one would expect. His team does not have official T20 status so his matches do not qualify as T20Is. However, he would be the only international cricketer with quadruple repeated initials. He does have a counterpart from first-class cricket:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/10681.html

While in Test cricket there are triple repeated initials in

WW Wade: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47855.html

WW Whysall: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/22420.html

and

HHH Johnson: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/52200.html

The last player seems to have been unfortunate in playing only three Tests after taking ten wickets on his debut.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_World_Twenty20

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