The COVID pandemic was hard on the sports world, but once we’ve endured all the byes and the postponements getting the receipts can be kind of bountiful.
That’s the situation we are in with the ICC men’s T20 World Cup being played in back to back years after the 2020 event was pushed back a year.
The T20 group stage play gets underway this weekend in Australia, but we’ll look at some of the heavyweight showdowns next Friday, as well as some of the best futures bets for the tournament.
The next Cricket World Cup is only a year away, while the England vs. Australia Ashes series will also go down next July, so there are solid wagers available now and down the line. With all that said, let’s look at the best games for the week so you can place your bets against the Cricket Betting Odds.
Weekly Betting Rundown and Analysis of the Best Cricket Games | October 10th Edition
T20 World Cup – Australia (-232) vs. New Zealand
The October 22nd matchup between Australia and New Zealand is going to be a showdown, as it’s a matchup of the championship game in last year’s T20 World Cup in Dubai. Australia won that game by eight wickets to capture their first-ever T20 championship, and they are big favorites to repeat that this year at home.
History is against the Australians this season, as no team has ever won the T20 in back-to-back years, and no host country has ever gotten the win.
West Indies is also the only country to have multiple Twenty20 World Cup wins, doing so in 2012 and 2016. Australia would love to join them, starting with the matchup against New Zealand.
T20 World Cup – England (-454) vs. Afghanistan
England should have little problem getting past Afghanistan on October 22nd, and the English are co-favorites with Australia to take the entire tournament. Jos Buttler of England is the favorite for top run scorer in the tournament, so he’ll likely get off to a stat-padding start here.
T20 World Cup – India (-204) vs. Pakistan
India hasn’t won a T20 World Cup since 2007 and had a poor showing last year in Dubai. Aside from Australia and England, India is the third-highest betting favorite to raise the trophy this November, so they have some value over Pakistan.
Pakistan (+146) could easily pull off the upset here, though, as they have one of the best duos of the tournament in Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
World Cup 2023 Futures
The 13th men’s Cricket World Cup will be hosted by India from October through November 2023. England got the win in 2019 as the host nation, and they are +300 to repeat. India is the +240 favorite to pick up the crown next year, also as the host.
India got the win in 2011, but Australia took home four of the previous five trophies prior to England’s victory in 2019. That has to give Australia some value at +410 in early World cup 2023 futures betting.
The Ashes Schedule
It’s been announced that the first day of the first The Ashes test will be on June 16th of 2023. Australia got the win in 2021/22 with Scott Boland having a dominating performance of 6-7 (4 overs).