Defending champions Denmark are placed in group B for this tournament, and they field a strong side with 11 players returning from the 2011 tournament. They come into the event fresh from finishing runners-up to South Holland Seafarers in the Continental Twenty20 in the Netherlands. The key player for the Danes will no doubt be the experienced Freddie Klokker, now back playing Danish club cricket after a couple of seasons in the Dutch leagues.
Their main rivals in group B will be Jersey, who lost to Italy in the semi-finals in 2011, and are fielding a new look squad this time out, with over half the squad being newcomers to the side since 2011. They also took part in the Continental Twenty20, reaching the semi-finals. Despite the large amount of new players in their side, they still have 2011 tournament MVP Edward Farley, who will once again be their key player.
Belgium were for many the surprise package of the 2011 tournament, recording a shock one run win over eventual champions Denmark in the group stage. They finished third in their group that time, and will no doubt hope to go one better this time and make the semi-finals. Waqas Shafiq was the star of that win over the Danes with three wickets, and was one of the top 10 wicket-takers in 2011, and will no doubt play a key role again in 2013.
France will be another team pushing for a semi-final place, having finished sixth overall in 2011. They bring eight players back from their 2011 squad, and will be coached by former Middlesex and Kent seamer Simon Cook. With spin often being a key part of Twenty20 cricket, a player to watch could well be leg-spinner Zika Ali. The 18 year old had a trial at Kent last year, and also had the pleasure of getting a leg-spinning masterclass from Australian legend, and French cricket patron, Richie Benaud.
Like Jersey, Germany are bringing a squad that consists mostly of players who didn't play in 2011. They will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing World Cricket League Division Seven campaign in Botswana earlier this year that saw them finish last. Kashif Haider, in the top ten wicket-takers in 2011, returns for this tournament, and will likely be their key bowler in this tournament.
The promoted side in Group B are the Isle of Man, playing at this level for the first time after winning Division Two in Corfu last year. Eight players who played in that winning side return for Division One, and they will be hoping to continue their winning ways and challenge for a semi-final place. Their player to watch is Dan Hawke, a tall fast bowler who has had a trial at Lancashire and has played for their academy side.