History of Twenty20
Twenty20 cricket, often referred to as the “short game” involves each team only playing a single innings, batting each for a maximum of 20 overs. The timespan of a typical Twenty20 game is just under 3 hours, each innings therefore lasting 75 mins, and this brings the game more in line with other popular sports such as football or rugby. The game was conceived by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with the aim of creating a faster and more exciting version of cricket. The board stressed, however, that Twenty20 was not created to replace the traditional “long game”, but rather to complement it, with a view to attracting more interest in the game as a whole. Since its humble beginnings in 2003, Twenty20 has spread around the world, all major cricketing nations now also fielding a short game team. Now most test playing teams also have a domestic competition of Twenty20. In the UK all the county teams now play Twenty20, sporting colourful team kits, similar to those of football. The inaugural World Twenty20 Cup was held in 2007 in South Africa, in which India defeated Pakistan. The competition is organised by the sport’s governing body the ICC (International Cricket Council), and is to take place every two years. In 2009 the competition will be hosted by England, owing to the fact that it was one of the first two teams (alongside South Africa) to adopt the new style of the sport. Brief History
As previously mentioned, Twenty20 cricket began in 2003 in the English domestic game, the idea being conceived by the England and Wales Cricket Board. When the Benson and Hedges Cup finished in 2002, the board needed to replace it with a new competition. It was also hoped that it would attract more youngsters to the game, and after 4 years, it appears to have been successful in this respect. Soon after, South Africa also incorporated Twenty20 cricket into their domestic game. On the domestic scene, the first Twenty20 game to be held...
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