The Cricket ICC World Twenty20 to be Held in India
Crickets’ ICC World Twenty20 Cup is scheduled to be held from March 11 to April 3 in 2016. The tournament will be hosted by India, and the renowned Eden Gardens in Kolkata will be the venue for the final. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has named eight additional venues for the biennial event. In the five times this tournament has been held before, a maximum of three cities were used, but in this ICC World Twenty20 tournament Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamshala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will also be playing venues. Sri Lanka are the defending champions.
For the second time, the tournament will feature 16 teams. All ten full members will qualify automatically, and are joined by the six Associate Members that qualified through the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, played in Ireland and Scotland between 6 and 26 July 2015. The qualifying teams are Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Oman. Prior to the qualifying tournament, Oman only had Twenty20 status, but with their progression to their first World Twenty20 tournament, they gained full Twenty20 International status.
The History of Twenty20 Cricket
Twenty20 cricket started gradually between 1998 and 2001, and it was in that year that the idea of a shortened form of cricket, earlier discussed by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), began to take concrete shape. The concept of 40-over game, with 20 overs per innings, was presented to the county chairman in the same year and later, passed with a voting of 11-7, 11 in favour and 7 against. Soon, the new form of cricket was given the name of Twenty20.
Twenty20 Cricket was formally introduced to the world in 2003, when ECB launched the Twenty20 Cup. Soon after the first Twenty20 cricket tournament was played and became an overnight success, South Africa, Australia and the West Indies also organized similar tournaments, which again attracted huge cricket audience. In the year 2005, history was created, when Twenty20 cricket made its international debut, with the first T20 International being played, between Australia and New Zealand at Eden Park. As the popularity of the new form of cricket started rising, surpassing that of even ODIs and Tests, the game was taken more seriously.
By 2007, the popularity of Twenty20 had gained such heights that ICC organized the first international Twenty20 tournament, rather the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, creating another history of sorts. With South Africa as the host, the tournament included 10 Test playing nations, and two ICC associate nations, Kenya and Scotland. India won the first ICC T20 World Cup, beating Pakistan in the finals.
Opportunities in 2016
The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 will be the sixth ICC World Twenty20 tournament, and given that India are hosts, they will undoubtedly also be considered favourites. Australia and South Africa are, however, both familiar with the Indian conditions and pitches, so they could prove highly competitive too. Sri Lanka, as defending champions, should never be ruled out either, and with Pakistan highly unpredictable, this tournament should provide some extremely high quality cricket to the millions of avid international viewers. Overall, this tournament ensures an unforgettable online mobile cricket betting experience, and punters will have a high quality sports wagering opportunity.