2012 ICC World Cup T20
The 2012 ICC World Cup T20 is the fourth T20 World Cup, and will be the first ever to feature in an Asian country. It will take place in Sri Lanka, between September 18 and October 7. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the event ambassador. This will be an event of large magnificence, as the T20 format is always the most quickly-paced format. In this tournament, there will be four groups of three, competing in a round-robin formation. If you remember the Champions League 2009, then this format will not be new to you. The groups are:
A: India, Afghanistan, England B: Australia, West Indies, Ireland
C: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe D: Pakistan, Ireland, Bangladesh
So basically, they play a Round-Robin format within each group, and the top two from each group progress to the “Super 8s”; in which there are two groups of four. And then the top to from each of those groups progress to the semifinal. And from there it’s the typical semifinal style.
Knowing that, now I’m going to give you a few “X-Factor” players:
AB de Villiers: The South African captain has been absolutely brilliant in his captaincy skills to lead RSA to many amazing awards, and with the bat, he’s proved to be a dangerous player.
Chris Gayle: His comeback to the West Indies squad has helped the Windies get a move on in international cricket, and he’ll be a force to reckon with if he can carry his IPL form to the T20 World cup.
Sunil Narine: The Mystery Bowler has been amazing, in the past 12 months. His brilliant off-spin will definitely be a huge boost for the West Indies.
Virat Kohli: Despite his poor IPL form, he looked brilliant in the T20Is vs Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and should look to carry that form into the World Cup.
Daniel Vettori: He’s coming out of retirement to play the T20 World Cup for New Zealand, and his superb spin will definitely carry NZ a long way.
Glenn Maxwell: The hard-hitting Victorian made his debut in International cricket very recently, and his hard hitting and handy off-spin will be pivotal in Australia’s success in this World Cup.