Early Odds and Betting Preview for the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup

| December 3, 2021 7:15 am PST

The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup may still be fresh in the memory, but did you know that you can already bet on the 2022 T20 World Cup?

Australia claimed its first T20WC title in November, beating old rival New Zealand in the final. The tournament heads Down Under in October 2022, giving the Aussies the chance to defend their crown on home soil.

Almost immediately after Glenn Maxwell scored the winning runs against the Blackcaps, the top cricket betting sites released their odds for the T20 World Cup in 2022.

I thought it would be a good idea to assess the latest prices in search of some early value. I also analyze the bookmakers’ favorites to win the tournament in this post, as well as detailing a few outsiders to keep an eye on.

Let’s start by checking out the T20WC odds.

Opening 2022 T20 World Cup Odds

  • India (4.00)
  • Australia (4.33)
  • England (4.50)
  • New Zealand (7.00)
  • Pakistan (7.00)
  • West Indies (10.00)
  • South Africa (17.00)
  • Afghanistan (51.00)
  • Bangladesh (51.00)
  • Sri Lanka (51.00)
  • Ireland (101.00)
  • Scotland (101.00)
  • Netherlands (101.00)
  • Namibia (101.00)

As you can see, the bookies believe there is very little between India (4.00), Australia (4.33), and England (4.50) at this stage.

India was the pre-tournament favorite to win the last World Cup but failed to make it to the semi-finals. England, meanwhile, reached the last four before falling to New Zealand (7.00).

Pakistan (7.00) is viewed a realistic contender after reaching the semi-finals last time around. The West Indies (10.00) and South Africa (17.00) are also in the mix.

The bookies have priced Afghanistan (51.00), Bangladesh (51.00), and Sri Lanka (51.00) evenly, leaving Ireland (101.00), Scotland (101.00), the Netherlands (101.00), and Namibia (101.00) as clear outsiders.

Before we take a closer look at the teams, let’s look back at what happened in the previous tournament.

What Happened at the 2021 T20 World Cup?

The 2021 T20WC was originally scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020. Due to the pandemic, however, the event was pushed back a year.

The United Arab Emirates and Oman ended up hosting the tournament across October and November 2021, meaning all the teams played at neutral venues throughout the competition.

Following a play-in phase, the 12 teams were separated into two groups of six. The top two sides from each group advanced to the semi-finals.

2021 T20 WORLD CUP GROUPS (FINAL STANDINGS)
Group 1 Group 2
England Pakistan
Australia New Zealand
South Africa India
Sri Lanka Afghanistan
West Indies Namibia
Bangladesh Scotland

England and Australia qualified for the semi-finals from Group 1. Over in Group 2, Pakistan and New Zealand progressed – with pre-tournament favorite India failing to reach the last four.

Against the odds, New Zealand beat England in the first semi-final. Australia then dispatched Pakistan in the second semi-final, setting up an all-Oceania final.

The Kiwis scored 172/4 in their 20 overs, with Kane Williamson hitting 85 runs off 48 balls. However, an unbeaten 77 from Mitch Marsh helped the Aussies to reach their target with an over to spare.

PREVIOUS T20 WORLD CUP WINNERS
Year Winner Runner-Up
2007 India Pakistan
2009 Pakistan Sri Lanka
2010 England Australia
2012 West Indies Sri Lanka
2014 Sri Lanka India
2016 West Indies England
2021 Australia New Zealand

As the table above details, Australia became the sixth nation to win the T20WC. After losing to England in the 2010 final, the Aussies managed to prevent the Blackcaps from claiming their first title.

The West Indies is the only country to have won two titles. Six different teams have won the seven editions of the T20 World Cup over the years, underlining the competitiveness of the tournament.

It’s time to take a closer look at the bookies’ early favorites to win the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Will India Live Up to Expectations?

India’s world-class squad was supposed to guide the nation to glory at the last World Cup. Unfortunately for the Men in Blue, they failed to live up to expectations.

The Indians won just three of their five games at the 2021 T20WC, losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in the process. As a result, they finished two points outside the qualification places.

India will head into the next tournament with a new head coach at the helm after Rahul Dravid took the reins in November. As a bona fide legend of Indian cricket, Dravid will be expected to end his country’s trophy drought.

It is no real surprise that Team India is the bookies’ early favorite to lift the trophy next year. After all, the cricket-mad nation is always among the frontrunners for any tournament.

But can Dravid’s men finally secure their first T20WC title since 2007? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Can the Aussies Defend Their Crown?

If Australia can win the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman, there is no reason why Justin Langer’s side can’t triumph Down Under 12 months later.

Before the start of the last World Cup, the Aussies were priced at 7.00 to go all the way. As it stands, they are priced at 4.33 to secure back-to-back titles on home soil.

Even at the age of 35, David Warner is still among the best T20 batters on the planet. The veteran big-hitter was named Player of the Tournament last time around, emphasizing his longevity.

With guys like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Marsh, and Steve Smith starring alongside Warner in Australia’s betting line-up, the Aussies could run wild with the home-field advantage on their side.

Let’s not forget that Australia also boasts one of the deadliest bowling attacks in world cricket. Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Ashton Agar, Marcus Stoinis… I could go on.

Could England Lift the Trophy Down Under?

England headed into the semi-finals of the 2021 T20WC as the bookies’ favorite to lift the trophy. The 2010 champions won four of their five group matches to finish ahead of Australia in Group 1.

Chris Silverwood’s men appeared to be in total control against New Zealand in the semi-finals, but a blitz from Daryl Mitchell saw the Blackcaps knock out the favorites.

England’s T20WC squad was stacked with big-name stars. With the likes of Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Chris Jordan in their prime, they should go deep into next year’s tournament.

Injuries to key batter Jason Roy and paceman Tymal Mills hindered England’s chance of winning the previous competition. If they can stay healthy, Silverwood’s side will be a force to be reckoned with once again.

Potential Sleepers to Keep an Eye On

In the eyes of the bookies, there are three clear favorites to win the 2022 T20 World Cup. Yet, as we saw throughout the last tournament, surprises can happen.

In this section, I cover a few outsiders to track in the lead-up to the competition. Backing underdogs at this early stage could prove to be very profitable in 12 months’ time.

New Zealand Could Go All the Way

At the seventh time of asking, the Kiwis finally reached their first-ever T20WC final in 2021. However, they were totally outclassed by Australia and ended up falling at the last hurdle.

Led by the seemingly unstoppable Kane Williamson, the Blackcaps will fancy their chances of sealing their first title 2022. Indeed, they now know exactly what it takes to reach the final.

Alongside Williamson, batters such as Martin Guptill and Daryl Mitchell have the ability to blow opponents away. With a lethal bowling attack to boot, you cannot disregard NZ.

Pakistan Has the Ability to Hurt Teams

Pakistan stunned everyone by thrashing India in their opening game at the 2021 World Cup. In fact, the Shaheens managed beat every other team in Group 2 before falling to Australia in the semi-finals.

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan dominated with the bat, scoring a combined total 584 runs across six matches. As a result, they finished first and third in the run-scoring charts.

2021 T20 WORLD CUP TOP RUN-SCORERS
Player Team Matches Runs
Babar Azam Pakistan 6 303
David Warner Australia 7 289
Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan 6 281
Jos Buttler England 6 269
Charith Asalanka Sri Lanka 6 231

Pakistan also boasted some of the best young players at the 2021 T20WC. If rising starts like Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan continue to develop over the next 12 months, they could bowl their side to glory.

Don’t Write Off South Africa

I’m surprised that South Africa is priced at 17.00 to win the 2022 World Cup. Don’t get me wrong, the favorites are the favorites for a reason. But SA certainly has the potential to win trophies.

We all know that Quinton de Kock is among the top batters in the game, but let’s not forget that big-hitters such as Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram can cause plenty of damage, too.

With Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, and Tabraiz Shamsi wreaking havoc with the ball, the Proteas will be confident of upsetting the odds Down Under.

Afghanistan Could Upset the Odds

The Afghans may have lost to Pakistan, New Zealand, and India at the previous T20WC, but they did manage to beat Namibia and Scotland.

As a team, Afghanistan has yet to establish itself as a genuine World Cup contender. However, the country has produced several world-class players in recent years.

Rashid Khan is undoubtedly one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. The up-and-coming nation also has rising stars like Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who will be even better by the time the next T20WC comes around.

At 51.00, Afghanistan looks like an excellent outside bet.

Looking Ahead to the 2022 T20 World Cup

Personally, I can’t wait for the next T20 World Cup. I’m aware the 2021 T20WC has only just finished, but the recent tournament really got me in the mood for more white-ball cricket!

At this stage, backing one of the bookies’ three favorites to win the 2022 T20 World Cup makes sense. India, Australia, and England are all more than capable of lifting the trophy next year.

But if you’re looking for better value, why not back one of the outsiders that I examined above?

It is important to remember that six different nations have won the T20 World Cup over the years – and there have only been seven editions of the tournament!

That tells you everything you need to know about the competitive nature of the tournament.

If white-ball cricket is your thing, make sure you check out our early betting preview for the 2023 Men’s ICC Cricket World Cup.

Ben Morris
Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

Alongside his regular soccer content, Ben publishes blogs and picks for cricket, Formula 1, Aussie rules, darts, and various other sports.

Ben is a diehard fan of Nottingham Forest and England, so he hasn’t had much to cheer about in recent years!

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