Twenty20 (or T20) cricket was created back in 2003 as a means to make cricket more exciting for thousands of cricket lovers who were not too fond of the longer formats of the game. It has since gone on to become extremely popular thanks to its fast-paced, non-stop action that keeps fans on the edge of their seats. Below we will tell you all you need to know about the T20 World Cup tournament.
When did the First T20 World Cup Match Take Place?
The T20 World Cup is young when compared to the 50 over Cricket World Cup as the very first tournament took place in South Africa in 2007. While the ICC Cricket World Cup is played every four years (except in a couple of rare instances), this tournament has been quite sporadic, with it having taken place in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016. The next one will happen in 2020 and then there will be another one the following year in 2021.
Twelve teams competed in the 2007 tournament:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
The first-ever T20 World Cup game was between the West Indies and South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on the 11th September. In this match, Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a century in a T20 international.
On the 14th September, Sri Lanka took on Kenya in a group stage match and scored a whopping 260 runs from their twenty overs. To this very day, this is the highest total that has been posted in a World T20 match. Furthermore, Kenya were bowled out for a mere 88 runs, meaning they lost by a staggering 172 runs, which is still the biggest defeat in World T20 history.
On the 16th September, Australia played Bangladesh and Australian fast bowler Brett Lee took three wickets in three balls to become the first person to take a hat-trick in World T20. When it comes to all T20 international matches, only six other players have picked up a hat-trick. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga leads the way with two hat-tricks; one against Bangladesh in April 2017 and one against New Zealand in September 2019.
On the 19th September India were taking on England and Yuvraj Singh brought up his fifty in just twelve deliveries, making him the scorer of the fastest fifty in a T20 international. This record has since been matched by Chris Gayle and Hazratullah Zazai. In the same match, Singh became the first player in T20 cricket to smash six sixes in one over. The unfortunate bowler on this day was Stuart Broad.
Now you are armed with these fun facts, you can go wow your family members and friends with your cricket knowledge!
How Many Teams Play at the T20 World Cup?
As mentioned earlier, twelve teams took part in the inaugural T20 World Cup and this was the same for the 2009, 2010, and 2012 competitions.
The teams that competed in the 2009 tournament were mostly the same as those that competed in the 2007 one, except that Ireland and the Netherlands took the places of Zimbabwe and Kenya as they both reached the final of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers.
Zimbabwe were due to compete but withdrew due to political matters relating to Robert Mugabe. Once again, the teams that took part in the 2010 event were mostly the same as those that played in the 2009 tournament, but Zimbabwe and Afghanistan replaced the Netherlands and Scotland. The 2012 tournament saw the same nations compete that competed in the 2010 tournament.
The 2014 tournament saw sixteen teams competing for the very first time. All the full member nations qualified automatically, and they were joined by six associate teams that earned qualification in the 2013 ICC World T20 Qualifiers. These six teams were Afghanistan, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The 2016 competition also involved sixteen teams, with Scotland and Oman replacing Nepal and the United Arab Emirates.
The tournament that is due to take place in Australia in 2020 will feature 16 teams as well. These will be Australia, Pakistan, India, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, and the six best teams from the 2019 T20 World CupQualifiers.
Has the ICC World T20 Changed Format down the Years?
The twelve teams that competed in the 2007 tournament were split into four groups of three, with the top two teams in each group going through to the second stage. This second stage was made up of two groups of four and the top two in each group qualified for the semi-finals. The format was the same for the 2009, 2010, and the 2012 editions.
The 2014 competition took on a slightly different format as there were four more teams involved. Bangladesh, Nepal, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates were stuck into two groups of four for the first stage of the competition, with the two group winners qualifying for the Super 10 stage with the big boys. These ten teams were then split into two groups of five, and the top two teams from the two groups went on to compete in the semi-finals. The 2016 edition had the exact same format as the previous one.
The next tournaments from 2016 will have a similar format, with the only difference being that four teams will qualify from the first round into the Super 12 round, instead of two.
Which Teams Have Lifted This International Cricket Trophy?
- 2007 -India beat Pakistan at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, by 5 runs.
- 2009 -Pakistan beat Sri Lanka at Lord’s, London, by 8 wickets.
- 2010 -England beat Australia at the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, by 7 wickets.
- 2012 -West Indies beat Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, by 36 runs.
- 2014 -Sri Lanka beat India at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium, by 6 wickets.
- 2016 -West Indies beat England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, by 4 wickets.
As you can see, the West Indies are the only team to have won this competition twice. They owe their second T20 World Cup victory to Carlos Braithwaite who scored four sixes off the last over of the match to somehow steer his team to victory.
Let’s Take a Look at the ICC Women Cricket World Cup
The first ICC Women’s T20 World Cup took place in England two years after the inaugural men’s competition in South Africa. There have been five other competitions, and these took place in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018. Eight teams competed at the first three events, but this has since been increased to ten.
England have won the tournament once, Australia have won it four times, and the West Indies have won it once. The next one is due to take place in 2020 in Australia and the following one in South Africa in 2022. Just like with the ODI World Cup format, the women’s ICC T20 World Cup is nowhere near as popular as the men’s, but viewing stats have shown that more and more cricket fans around the world are tuning in to watch women’s cricket.
Remember to Take a Look at Our T20 Cricket World Cup Prognostics
Just like with the ICC Cricket World Cup, we also have prognostics available for this tournament as well. So, when the next one is approaching, don’t forget to head on over to that page and give them a look. By reading these tips, you will be able to increase your chances of winning whenever you decide to place a cricket bet.