Spain (SPA) will host Belgium (BEL) in the first match of the European Cricket Championship T10 2021 at the Cartama Oval in Malaga on Monday, September 13.

Since making their international debut in 2000, Spain have performed decently in  European competitions. Led by captain Chris Mills, the hosts boast of several experienced cricketers who have featured in the last two editions of the European Cricket Series held in Barcelona.

On the other hand, the Sheikh Sheraz-led Belgium side is currently ranked 40th in the ICC T20 world rankings and possess many players who have also showcased their talent in the ECS tournaments.

SPA vs BEL Dream11 prediction

While Spain head into the ECC T10 tournament after clinching the T20I series 2-1 against Germany, Belgium will also be high on confidence after winning the Luxembourg tri-series. However, 42nd ranked Spain will have an added advantage of playing in their own backyard at the Cartama Oval and will start as favourites in the clash.

SPA vs BEL Dream11 tips for European Cricket Championship 2021

Top Tip: Best batsman

Spain’s Kuldeep Lal will be the batsman to watch out for in the opening match of ECC T10 2021. The 25-year-old amassed 304 runs in nine matches for Gracia in ECS T10 Barcelona this year. The host will hope that the batsman can continue from where he left off against Belgium.

Top Tip: Best bowler

Listed as a bowler, Aziz Mohammad of Belgium was one of the standout performers with both bat and ball in the recently concluded ECS T10 Capelle in the Netherlands. The veteran pacer picked six wickets in 10 matches for Veni Vedi Vici. Apart from his bowling, Mohammad also scored 289 runs at a staggering strike rate of 249.13. He will be a valuable addition to any fantasy cricket team.

Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking Spain’s Yasir Ali in your fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer. The 29-year-old was the leading run-scorer in ECS T10 Barcelona this year, aggregating 498 runs in 11 matches for Catalunya Tigers. Ali also bagged nine wickets in the tournament.

For the wicket-keeper spot, one must pick Awais Ahmed of Spain ahead of Belgium’s Ali Raza due to his match-winning abilities with the bat.

SPA vs BEL full squads

SPA squad: Chris Mills (captain), Awais Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Zulqarnain Haider, Paul Hennessy, Jack Perman, Ravi Panchal, Yasir Ali, Kuldeep Lal, Adeel Raja,  Atif Mehmood, Hamza Saleem, Thomas Vine

BEL squad: Sheikh Sheraz (captain), Ali Raza (wicket-keeper), Adnan Razzaq, Mamoon Latif, Muneeb Muhammad, Omid Rahimi, Saber Zakhil, Saqlain Raza, Faisal Mehmood, Waqas Raza, Aziz Mohammad, Fahim Bhatti, Murid Ekrami, Sefat Shagharai

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