5. Can Oman cash in on home advantage?
Since gaining ODI status in 2019, Oman have established themselves as one of the leading associate nations. Their rich vein of form has seen them qualify for a second consecutive T20 World Cup, as well as leading Cricket World Cup League 2.
The recent upgrading of the Oman Academy Ground to a test venue has allowed Oman to co-host the T20 World Cup. The Omanis will have the advantage of playing on their home ground against PNG, Bangladesh and Scotland.
Bilal Khan and Kallemullah form a desitructive opening bowling partnership with a track record of dismantling batting orders. At the other, Jatinder Singh and Aqib Ilyas form a contrasting-but-effect combination with the bat. Oman are a genuine threat and have a real opportunity to reach the Super 12s.
But to do so, they will likely have to come past Scotland and Papua New Guinea. Scotland hold a 100% win record against Oman in T20Is, and although Oman and PNG have not met in an official T20I, PNG were worthy runners-up at the qualifying event, whilst Oman finished 5th.
If ever there was time to cash on home-field advantage, this would be it.