The T20 World Cup gets underway today with the first round of qualifying kicking off the tournament.

Eight teams are vying for the four remaining spots in the Super 12 stage of the competition, which does not get underway until October 23.

There are already eight teams that have qualified for the Super 12, with Group 1 currently consisting of Australia, England, South Africa and the West Indies.

Group 2, meanwhile, is made up of Afghanistan, India, New Zealand and Pakistan.

On the day the tournament begins, Mirror Sport has picked out eight players to watch from the eight teams which have already qualified for the Super 12 stage.

Afghanistan seamer Naveen-ul-haq impressed in this year's T20 Blast for Leicestershire (

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Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan)

Afghanistan are well-known for their stock of impressive spin bowlers, with the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman headlining their World Cup squad.

However, in Naveen they have a hugely impressive young seamer who could enjoy a breakout tournament.

The 22-year-old may lack experience on the international stage, but he was the leading wicket taker in this year's edition of the T20 Blast for Leicestershire.

Naveen picked up 26 wickets at an average of 17.57, rising to the occasion for the Foxes.

Bowling with both the new ball and at the death, Naveen has a better strike rate for Afghanistan than Rashid over the past two years and will be key if his side are to progress.

Josh Inglis (Australia)

Having been picked in the squad despite not having a single international cap to his name, Inglis is fully deserving of his call-up.

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper has enjoyed impressive back-to-back Big Bash campaigns with the Perth Scorchers and is capable of opening the innings and batting in the middle order.

This year, Inglis starred in the T20 Blast for Leicestershire, ending the tournament as the leading run scorer.

He made 531 runs at an average of 48.27 for the Foxes, smashing two hundreds and earning himself a late gig in The Hundred as a replacement for compatriot Glenn Maxwell.

As an uncapped player, Inglis has been presented with a golden opportunity to kickstart his international career and he certainly has the talent to take that chance.

Tymal Mills has not played for England since 2017 but has been one of the best death bowlers in T20 cricket in recent years (

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Tymal Mills (England)

The England quick has not played international cricket since 2017 and has huge shoes to fill in the form of his Sussex team-mate Jofra Archer.

However, Mills is more than capable of making a splash in the UAE, with the 29-year-old one of the most effective death bowlers in T20 cricket.

A left-armer capable of bowling at 90mph, Mills has the lowest T20 death bowling economy of anyone (as per CricViz back in July), going at a rate of 7.47 in the final four overs.

Along with his ability to bowl express pace, Mills also possesses a deadly slower ball and enjoyed an outstanding summer in the T20 Blast and The Hundred.

Mills picked up 17 wickets at an average of 14.11 in the Blast and eight wickets at an average of 26 in The Hundred, helping the Southern Brave win the title.

Varun Chakravarthy (India)

In what will be Virat Kohli's final World Cup as T20 captain, India are certainly one of the major favourites to lift the trophy.

With established superstars like Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in their ranks, India boast an impressive array of talent.

Yuzvendra Chahal has been their frontline spinner in T20 cricket over the past few years but he has not made the squad at all, opening up an opportunity for someone else to star alongside Ravindra Jadeja.

And leg spinner Varun Chakravarthy could get that opportunity ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar.

No spinner has picked up more wickets than Chakravarthy in this year's IPL, with the Kolkata Knight Riders star particularly impressing in the second leg of the tournament which has taken place on the same grounds as the World Cup will.

Devon Conway has had an outstanding start to his international career and will be hoping to continue that at the T20 World Cup (

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Devon Conway (New Zealand)

Conway has experienced an outstanding start to life as an international cricketer across all three formats for New Zealand.

He currently averages 63.16 in Test cricket, 75.00 in ODIs and 59.12 in T20Is and memorably scored a double hundred against England at Lord's on his Test debut.

Born in South Africa, the 30-year-old is an excellent T20 batter and underlined his credentials in the format with an excellent 99 not out off 59 deliveries against Australia.

Capable of batting anywhere in the top four, Conway may be a late addition to the international stage but he is certainly making up for lost time.

Haider Ali (Pakistan)

Although Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will be expected to score the bulk of Pakistan's runs at the World Cup, Ali will also have a major role to play.

Pakistan have produced a number of exciting young fast bowlers over the past few years, but Ali is comfortably the most impressive young batter they have in their ranks.

The 21-year-old lit up Old Trafford on his international debut, striking 54 off 33 balls against England as Pakistan won the game by three runs.

Ali was not in Pakistan's initial squad for the World Cup, but an excellent run of form in the National T20 Cup earned him a late call-up.

He smashed 317 runs at an average of 63.40 in the competition, making three half-centuries.

Tabraiz Shamsi forms part of an impressive South African bowling attack (

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Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)

The number one ranked bowler in T20I cricket, Shamsi always seems to have operated in the shadow of Imran Tahir.

However, with Tahir no longer playing for South Africa, Shamsi has come to the fore for his country.

The 31-year-old is a left-arm wrist spinner and will have an important role to play for South Africa in the spin friendly UAE.

Complemented by the express pace of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, South Africa have an impressive bowling attack at their disposal.

They are lacking in the batting department though, with plenty resting on the shoulders of Quinton de Kock - even more so given the inexplicable absence of Faf du Plessis.

Nicholas Pooran is one of the most dangerous ball strikers in world cricket (

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Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

The 26-year-old may have had a poor second half of the IPL, but he remains one of the most dangerous batters in world cricket.

Pooran is the West Indies' vice-captain and, in a squad packed full of big hitters, it says something about his talent that he remains one of the standouts.

With an ability to go big from ball one, Pooran cares more about his strike rate than his average - a key trait to have in T20 cricket.

He underlined his way of thinking earlier this week, saying: "My cricket is based on confidence and my intent.

"It's about my process, continuing to believe in my process, having faith in my process, and my confidence is very high."

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