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Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

T20 World Cup 2012 will begin on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Sri Lanka as per cricket schedule announced. ICC World Twenty20 2012 is an international tournament to be organized by Sri Lanka. T20 World Cup 2012 will consist of 27 Twenty20 matches to be hosted by Sri Lanka in Sep-Oct 2012. The T20 World Cup 2012 tournament is a part of Future Tour Programs prepared by International Cricket Council (ICC). Sri Lanka will host this tournament, beginning on September 18, 2012. In T20 World Cup 2012 bilateral series, first T20 match would be between Sri Lanka - Zimbabwe on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:30 local time to be played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.

Twenty20 Cricket has never failed to enthrall and captivate the minds of cricketing viewers and spectators round the globe. Since its early days, T20 Cricket came under constant criticism. But with the unprecedented success of the inaugural edition of the International Twenty20 World Cup, all questions over the longevity of the shortest format of Cricket was put to rest once and for all. To globalize T20 Cricket throughout the globe, the International Cricket Council decided to host T20 World Cups every 2 years. The year 2012 will see the next edition of the World T20, to be played in the Asian country of Sri Lanka.


The Twenty20 World Cup 2012 is the 4th edition of the T20 World Cup. This international T20 cricketing event will be hosted by the island country of Sri Lanka. In fact, this is the first time that this grand tournament will be hosted by an Asian country. Although the official dates have not been announced by the ICC, the championship will start from early September 2012 and continue up to the last week of the same month. Just like all other cricket tournaments and series, the ICC World T20 Championship is a part of the innovative Future Tour Programs (FTP).


The ICC will release the official cricket fixture of the World T20 to the public and the media very soon, as assured by the officials at ICC. This year, the number of qualifying teams has been raised from 12 to 16. This implies, the minnows and the associate countries stand a chance to compete against the big teams and gain experience. For that, a qualifying round will be held in the first quarter of 2012. The first game of the ICC T20 World Championship 2012 will be underway from Monday, September 12, 2012.

The matches will be held in Galle, Kandy and Colombo. The finals, though, will be held at the legendary R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. It is one of the magnificent cricketing venues of the modern age. In the distant past, it has been witness to great cricketing spectacles, including quarter finals and semi finals of Cricket World Cup 2011 and 1996. Also, it would be interesting to see whether an Asian country will host the cup, or will it be a new name to lift up the coveted T20 World Championship crown. It’s just a matter of time, before the winner is exposed to the cricketing fraternity.


Group A – England, India, Qualifier 2

Group B – Australia, West Indies, Qualifier 1

Group C – Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Group D – Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh


Super Eight (S8) Groups

Group 1 – A1, B2, C1, D2

Group 2 – A2, B1, C2, D1



18-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20 Hambantota

19-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group B : Australia vs TBC, 2nd T20 Colombo

19-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : India vs TBC, 3rd T20 Colombo

20-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 4th T20 Hambantota

21-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 5th T20 Kandy

21-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs TBC, 6th T20 Colombo

22-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 7th T20 Hambantota

22-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : Australia vs West Indies, 8th T20 Colombo

23-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Pakistan, 9th T20 Kandy

23-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs India, 10th T20 Colombo

24-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : West Indies vs TBC, 11th T20 Colombo

25-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group D : Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 12th T20 Kandy

27-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 13th T20 Kandy

27-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 14th T20 Kandy

28-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 15th T20 Colombo

28-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 16th T20 Colombo

29-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 17th T20 Kandy

29-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 18th T20 Kandy

30-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 19th T20 Colombo

30-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 20th T20 Colombo

1-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 21st T20 Kandy

1-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 22nd T20 Kandy

2-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 23rd T20 Colombo

2-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 24th T20 Colombo

4-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi Final T20 Colombo

5-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi Final T20 Colombo

7-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, Final T20 Colombo

ICC Keeps ICC World Twenty20 at 12 Teams Despite Earlier Plans for 16

Posted by anccricket on July 10, 2011 at 4:04 AM Comments comments (0)

If ever there needed yet another evidence of the clout of the BCCI, their decision not to send the Indian cricketers fro the Sri Lankan Premier League has put Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 tournament a la the IPL in jeopardy, deferring it by a year.



2011 was supposed to the year of the inaugural SLPL. Everything appeared to be going according to plan as Sri Lanka cricket set about making preparations to host its event a la the Indian Premier League with foreigners cricketers finding a spot in the team composition as well. Even big league players had been signed on.


However, at the eleventh hour, the BCCI pulled out on its commitment to give the Indian cricketers the NOC ( No Objection Certificate) on the grounds that they suspected that Lalit Modi was behind the Somerset entertainment ventures that was taking care of the SLPL. The withdrawal of the Indian cricketers was obviously a huge dent in the relations between the SLC and the BCCI after the former were forced to release their players at the cost of a tour match in Sri Lanka’s series against England. If Sri Lanka expected BCCI to come to their hour of need as they coped with their post ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 debt, none was forthcoming as the BCCI refused to budge from its stance despite assurances made round.


Eventually the SLC decided that the SLPL would go ahead as planned despite the absence of the Indian cricketers affected their search for a broadcaster. However, the dissolution of the SLC committee last week further compounded problems, to the extent that the SLPL appeared to be in major jeopardy after the shake up in the Sri Lankan cricket administration over allegations of financial irregularities.


The SLPL, featuring foreign cricketers, in a format much like the Indian Premier League but with fewer teams and spanning a much shorter format, was expected to usher in another revenue avenue for Sri Lankan cricket, alleviating some of the woes that emanated from Sri Lanka hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 jointly with India and Bangladesh. The refurbished stadia cost Sri Lanka heavily and with their inability to recover the costs, the Sri Lankan cricket administration reported heavily losses and subsequently, huge debts.


Sri Lanka cricket had hoped that the SLPL would serve Sri Lankan cricket on similar terms as the IPL has for the BCCI, although obviously not quite to the same extent. The Sri Lankan Premier League was all but ready to get underway before the BCCI raised objections about the ownership of the league although the SLC stepped in to state that the Sri Lankan cricket board was the sole authority on the tournament and that it had the blessing of the ICC. However, it was not enough for the BCCI suspicious with the sniff of the former IPL chairman and commissioner in the air.


The fact that BCCI is a critical factor in the success of their neighbours is evident in that had the Indian cricketers featured, the interests from the sub continent would have not only increased multifold but would have attracted broadcasters, sponsors and much needed revenue for Sri Lankan cricket. However, with the issue of the Indian cricketers’ participation becoming redundant and the absence of a broadcaster have meant that Sri Lankan cricket would have to pay heavily out of their pocket.


While there were earlier suggestions that the Sri Lankan Premier League would even go ahead without the foreign players, the ultimate decision in light of recent events has been to stick with the status quo of a domestic Twenty20 tournament with the winner getting the opportunity to play in the Champions League Twenty20 2011 while the SLPL would now be slated for a launch in late 2012.


Posted by anccricket on May 16, 2010 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (1)


England secured their first victory at an ICC limited-overs tournament with a crushing seven-wicket win against Australia in the World Twenty20 final.

Australia slipped to 8-3 after being put in by Paul Collingwood but recovered to post a competitive 147-6, with David Hussey top-scoring on 59.

Craig Kieswetter (63) and Kevin Pietersen (47) took England to 118-1 but then fell in quick succession.

But Collingwood eased his side home with exactly three overs remaining.

It was a crushing win for England and delivered their first global trophy in the 35-year history of limited-overs competitions.

Andy Flower's side have reinvented themselves as a hugely dangerous outfit in the West Indies, and few could argue they are worthy winners after another hugely impressive display with bat and ball in Bridgetown.

Once again the bowling was tight and disciplined and the batting aggressive from the off. Indeed, it was rather out of character for England to win a game against Australia at such a canter.

Victory for Michael Clarke's side, who came into the tournament unseeded, would have given them a clean sweep of World Cup, Champions Trophy and Twenty20 titles.

But it was not to be as England continued to dominate in the Caribbean sunshine.

Much has been made of the international flavour of England's batting line-up but, just as had been the case against Sri Lanka in the semi-final, it was a thoroughly homegrown bowling attack that did the early damage for Collingwood's side.

Shane Watson, so often the bludgeon at the top of the Australia order, departed after only three balls when a wild edge off Ryan Sidebottom was parried by wicketkeeper Kieswetter and taken superbly on the rebound by Graeme Swann at slip.

Opening partner David Warner followed in the second over, run out by a diving Michael Lumb after captain Clarke called a suicidal single to cover.

And Australia were left flagging badly on 8-3 when Brad Haddin was given out caught down the leg-side to only the 13th delivery of the match - although replays showed the ball had clipped his hip.

Clarke and Hussey stemmed the tide but managed little else against the new ball. Indeed, a remarkable statistic of only two boundaries after seven overs told its own story.

The introduction of spin did little to alleviate the pressure and when Collingwood pulled off a truly sensational catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Clarke, the Aussies were literally scratching their heads in disbelief in the dugout.

But some big hitting from Hussey and Cameron White eventually saw the scoring burst into life when Michael Yardy was smashed for 21 in the 13th over and the pair continued to put on 50 from 37 balls.

White enjoyed something of a lifeline when Stuart Broad dropped a difficult chance when running back but the England bowler got his revenge by taking another difficult chance to hand Luke Wright his first wicket of the competition.

That brought Mike Hussey to the crease, fresh from his batting heroics in the semi-final against Pakistan, and some lusty blows from the two brothers boosted Australia in the latter overs.

David Hussey was run out with four balls to go in a tight final burst from Broad but 147-6 represented a fine recovery from Clarke's side after such a dreadful start.

England's hopes of a flying start were curtailed firstly when Lumb (2) chipped tamely to mid-on off Shaun Tait and secondly when a farcical problem with the sightscreen forced play to be suspended for 10 minutes.

Kieswetter had argued gaps in the electrical screens were making it hard to see the ball but when play finally resumed new batsman Pietersen certainly did not seem to share his concerns.

A series of rasping drives through the covers saw the pair put on 50 in quick time and reach the 100-partnership in only 62 balls.

But when Pietersen was caught at long-off trying to launch Steve Smith out of the ground and Kieswetter bowled comically by Mitchell Johnson leaving a straight one, England nerves began to flutter.

But Collingwood and Eoin Morgan made sure there was no late drama, sealing a superb win with 18 balls to spare.

Full ICC World Twenty20 Squads - Men

Posted by anccricket on April 5, 2010 at 1:56 AM Comments comments (0)

Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Rais Ahmadzai, Dawlat Ahmadzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Hamid Hassan, Samiullah Shinwari, Noor Ali, Asghar Stanikzai, Shahpoor Zadran, Shabir Noori, Sayed Nasrat, Shafiq Shafaq.


Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), Dan Christian, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Dirk Nannes, Tim Paine, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.


Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Naeem Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Syed Rasel, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Jahurul Islam.


England: Paul Collingwood (captain), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Ajmal Shahzad, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rohit Sharma.


Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Peter Connell, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Gary Kidd, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.


New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Jacob Oram, Gareth Hopkins, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Ian Butler.


Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal.


South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Jacques Kallis, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Juan Theron, Roelof van der Merwe.


Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suraj Randiv, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Chanaka Welagedara, Chamara Kapugedara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chinthaka Jayasinghe.


West Indies: Chris Gayle (captain), Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor.


Zimbabwe: Prosper Utseya (captain), Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Andy Blignaut, Hamilton Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu, Greg Lamb, Elton Chigumbura, Vusi Sibanda, Ray Price, Graeme Cremer, Chamu Chibhabha, Chris Mpofu, Timycen Maruma, Craig Ervine.


Posted by anccricket on May 28, 2009 at 12:46 AM Comments comments (0)

India will be overwhelming favourites to retain the Twenty20 World Cup as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s boys had huge successes in international cricket in the last couple of years and are well-equipped to handle pressure.India have been consistently performing in all the three formats of the game.They are not dependant on only one or two players.India “look the best team on paper” and better placed to win the championship compared to the inaugural tournament where they were underdogs.So don't be suprised if india wins the world cup for the second time in a row.