September 06, 2007

Cricket: Twenty20 World Championship and the Bangladesh cricket team

Twenty20 is the shortest form of cricket consisting of twenty overs of play for each team which takes three hours to complete. It was introduced in UK in 2003 and gained popularity in recent years.

The ICC Twenty20 World Championship is the international championship of Twenty20 cricket and the inaugural tournament will be held in South Africa starting on September 11, 2007. It will feature 12 teams, including all 10 Test-playing countries, in a Thirteen-day event. The future tournaments will be hosted by England in 2009, Sri Lanka in 2012 and Bangladesh in 2014.

Cricket South Africa is providing cheap tickets to make the game accessible for people of all economic conditions. The cheapest tickets cost just R20 [£1.40] for those happy to sit on the grass banks during the group stage of matches (reports Yahoo). Check out here for last minute tickets.

Here are few necessary links:

* ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007 - official site

* ICC World Twenty20, 2007/08 match schedule

* Twenty20 World Cup - Information, News and discussions

* Cricinfo's coverage of the Twenty20 World Championship

* Twenty20 World Cup 2007 match results

* Twenty20 World Cup coverage in Bangla Cricket

* Cricket 20: the home of Twenty20 cricket

Now lets look at how Bangladesh will perform in this match. It will be a batsmen's game as the short time-frame of the format does not allow bowlers to contain and batsmen use unorthodox strokes to clear the boundary. Not only this is exciting for the spectators, this game is more open for lesser quality teams to cause an upset.

In the latest Twenty20 Quadrangular in Kenya involving Pakistan, Uganda and Kenya Bangladesh fared well. It only lost to Pakistan but not without fighting.

Hear Ian Chappell's analysis on Bangladesh's possibilities in Cricinfotalk. Bangladesh is in group A with South Africa and West Indies. He lauded Bangladesh's decision to include mostly young players in the team (the oldest is Abdur Razzak - 25 years). He comments that SA and WI are the two sides who has the tendency to go down to lesser sides and he won't be surprised if Bangladesh make it to the final 8 stage. Well I am also hoping that Bangladesh will make it to the next round and all they have to do is beat either one of WI and SA and maintain good run rate in the other game.


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