The tournament-style of the 2020 T20 World Cup differs from the ones played earlier, as six teams from T20 WC Qualifier tournament will make it to Australia where they will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first round of the tourney. From these eight teams, the top four will progress to the Super 12s.
Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland have sealed their spots for the first round and it will be exciting to see which four teams join the top eight T20I teams of the world in the next stage.
The ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019 comprised of 14 teams and since the IPL 2020 Auction is approaching, a lot of franchises would have monitored the developments taking place in the U.A.E. They will look to snap up some star players from these countries at a relatively lower price and these are the 3 players who can earn an IPL contract because of their performance in the T20 World Cup Qualifiers.
JJ Smit (Namibia)
There is always a huge demand for all-rounders in the shortest form of the game and the 23-year-old all-rounder from Namibia, JJ Smit can prove to be a precious player for any IPL team. He is a left-arm fast bowler who can come out to bat in the death overs and score runs at a quick rate.
His all-round brilliance played a huge role in Namibia’s success. Smit has played 7 matches in the tournament where he has amassed 164 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of 188.51. His batting average of 27.33 shows that he can score runs with consistency.
With the ball, he has taken 11 wickets at a magnificent economy rate of 6.35. These numbers prove that he has the calibre to perform well at the grand stage of the Indian Premier League as well.
George Munsey (Scotland)
George Munsey had made the headlines in April 2019 when he hit a 25-ball hundred for Gloucestershire 2nd XI. The Scotland batsman had even slammed 6 sixes in an over during that innings. Besides, he has performed consistently in T20 cricket for Scotland.
In the 37 matches that he has played for his nation, Munsey has scored nearly 1,000 runs. Besides, the Oxford-born player has also hit a century in T20I cricket. The left-handed batsman currently stands at the 4th position in the ‘Most Runs’ leader-board of ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019.
George has scored 234 runs for Scotland in just 8 matches at an average of 29.25. Also, his strike rate is above 140 which proves that he possesses a good knowledge about T20 cricket. It won’t be a huge surprise if he becomes the first player from Scotland to earn an IPL contract this year.
Bilal Khan (Oman)
The Peshawar-born left-arm fast bowler, Bilal Khan has made a name for himself by playing for Oman at the international level. Bilal has been playing T20 cricket since 2015 and the 31-year-old pacer has picked 45 wickets at an economy rate of 7.
His bowling strike rate of 14.8 indicates that he can take wickets at regular intervals while he is also the leading wicket-taker in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. The Omani player has scalped 18 wickets in the tournament, picking 2 four-wicket hauls in 9 innings.
Khan’s economy rate has been under 7 in this tourney and since he is a left-arm pacer, he can prove to be the ‘X-factor’ player for the IPL teams this year. Thus, he has a realistic chance of receiving his first IPL contract in December.
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