T20 cricket continues to defy the critics and is arguably the most popular form of the game worldwide, particularly in terms of in-person stadium attendance and television coverage.
Originally scheduled at the beginning of 2020, Australia have now been due to host the event for 2 years but finally look like they will be able to showcase their incredible cricketing heritage to the world.
Adding to the interest for home fans will be the fact that Australia are the defending champions heading into the 2022 incarnation of the tournament and they will once again be the team to beat.
Away from the baggy greens, there are the usual host of sides battling for supremacy, whilst those on the periphery will be hoping to cause a shock or two.
Zimbabwe still have their ICC Test playing nation status in tact but have struggled in recent times in the shortest format of the game, with the likes of Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Oman surpassing them in the world rankings.
However, they will enter the ICC global qualifiers with more than a hope of reaching the main draw, with recent results having improved over the past few games.
There are 4 slots up for grabs in the preliminary rounds, where Namibia, Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Scotland await and should the chevrons prevail, they could be in with a genuine outside shot of reaching the super 12’s and beyond.
Zimbabwe are currently +225 to progress through the ICC global qualifiers and reach the 2022 T20 World Cup, whilst backing them at USA sportsbooks odds +30000 looks a rather long shot to go all the way and lift their first ever ICC World Cup trophy. However, with the right betting offer current lines look pretty ok and the bet could be worth considering.
In home conditions, Australia could be a very tough side to stop, and confidence is soaring in their camp following their impressive T20 World Cup win in Dubai at the back end of 2021.
Aaron Finch heads up a side with some of the most destructive cricketers in the world and they will relish the partisan atmosphere that is sure to meet them at every ground they play at.
Starting as the marginal ante-post favourites at +300, the baggy greens are never an easy proposition for opposing sides and they could be purring here.
2007 T20 World Cup winners India haven’t been able to get over the line in the shortest format of the game for a decade and a half, but they are still one of the best sides in the world.
The IPL has brought about a whole new generation of T20 specialists in India and they won’t be fazed by the weight of expectation that is sure to be on them.
At +330, India are one of the front runners at the T20 World Cup in 2022 in Australia.
Similarly, England have enjoyed a real period of dominance in white-ball cricket, yet their only T20 World Cup win came back in 2010.
Eoin Morgan has a side packed with some of the biggest hitters in the game and how he would love to get his hands on the T20 World Cup, to go with his 50 over World Cup triumph he oversaw back in 2019.
Playing down under never seems to bring out the best in England but at +400, they cannot be discarded in 2022.
Elsewhere, the likes of New Zealand and Pakistan are sure to be in the running for glory in 2022 and at +700 and +800 respectively, they both have strong credentials as outside punts.