Captains from T20 World Cup 2016 – Where are they now?
This edition will be the seventh of the T20 World Cup.
Updated - Oct 5, 2021 1:51 pm
After being delayed , the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is set to commence from October 17 in Oman and UAE. This will be the seventh edition of the showpiece event after the 2016 edition. Interestingly, it was after this edition of the T20 World Cup it was decided by the ICC that the global event will be played every four years.
India were declared as the host nation and was all set to host it before the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold. Although BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was contemplating it to be held in India, the second wave of the pandemic could not let it happen. Nonetheless, India are still the co-hosts and the pitches in UAE should suit their style of play.
The 2016 edition was a great one for top teams like England, India, West Indies and New Zealand. It also was great for few newer teams like Hong Kong and Oman. But it’s been over five years and a lot has changed and added in terms of cricket. Some teams like England and New Zealand have gone from strength to strength in the shortest format, while some teams like South Africa and Sri Lanka have slipped a bit.
It’s been over five years since T20 World Cup and it is a good time to look at what the captains from the 2016 edition are doing now:
1. Asghar Afghan – Afghanistan
It won’t be wrong to say that former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan made the team one of the tough sides under his leadership. That the team could give a tough fight to even top teams like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka was down to how well he marshaled his resources.
During the T20 World Cup, 2016 to Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe and qualified for the second stage of the global event for the first time. Due to some politics and mismanagement, Afghan was sacked from the captaincy in April 2019 before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Since then, he has been on the team as a middle-order batter. Recently he got married and is gearing up for this edition’s T20 World Cup. Although he is not the captain anymore, Afghan is still the team’s most reliable batter.