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ICC T20 World Cup Tips & Predictions
ICC T20 World Cup
In the melee of global T20 leagues, it is easy to forget that the first steps in this format were taken in the ICC World Twenty20. Also referred as the World T20 or the T20 World Cup, this is a global tournament that is organised by cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).
This biennial tournament currently consists of 16 teams, comprising of all ten ICC full members and six associate members who qualify through the World Twenty20 Qualifier.
The 20-over format was first introduced to the world by the England Cricket Board, which was looking for ways to arrest the fading interest and boost the popularity with the younger generation. After the initial steps were taken in England, the first full international Twenty20 match was played between Australia and New Zealand on 17 February 2005.
It was then decided that a global tournament would be conducted on the lines of the 50-over World Cup, to ensure global recognition for the format. It was first decided that every two years, an ICC World Twenty20 tournament will take place, except in the event of an ICC 50-over Cricket World Cup scheduled in the same year.
The first T20 World Cup was held in South Africa in 2007, where two associate teams joined the ten Test-playing nations. The next World Cup, which will be the seventh edition, is scheduled to take place in 2020 in Australia.
All ICC full members qualify automatically for the tournament with the remaining places filled through a qualification tournament. The number of teams taking the qualifier route has changed over the years.
For the 2020 ICC World Twenty20 in Australia, nine teams will qualify through the rankings in the ICC T20I Championship. That doesn’t include Australia, who will be automatic qualifiers as hosts.
For the remaining six berths, a World Twenty20 qualifier will be held among the non-qualifying full members and the associate members. The cutoff date for automatic qualification is kept as December 31, 2018 after which the dates for the qualifier tournament will be announced.
For the final tournament, teams are divided into groups and a round-robin format followed by knockouts will determine the winner. In case of a tie in any game, a “Super Over” would be used to decide the winner. In the case of a tie in the “Super Over”, the match is won by the team that has scored the most sixes in their innings.
This is applicable in all stages of the tournament, after having been implemented first time during the 2009 tournament. During the inaugural tournament in 2007, a bowl-out was used to decide the winner of tied matches.
The tournament was initially played between ten teams and there were 12 participants in the 2012 edition. The 2014 tournament, held in Bangladesh was the first to feature 16 teams. However, the format was tweaked to give preference to the Test playing nations.
The top eight full members were given a direct place in the Super 10 stages, and the remaining two teams came through the group stage where associate members also took part.
The first tournament in 2007 was won by India, which worked as a catalyst for the formation of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has gone on to become one of the premier global T20 tournaments.
Pakistan won the second edition in 2009, while England grabbed their first-ever ICC World title (in any format) in 2010. West Indies are the most successful side in this format, having won the titles in 2012 and 2016. Sri Lanka also have a rich pedigree in this tournament, with one title in 2014 and two runners-up performances.
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