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Twenty 20 cricket has set up a new life in world cricket. It has redeemed cricket all over the globe. There were many allegations by the critics that cricket often creates boredom for the spectators especially when the bowler runs to ball a delivery and the batsman ducks it or does not offer any shot, it is not a very pleasant thing to see. But twenty twenty cricket is probably the best answer to this allegation. This short format of the game is exciting and players never get any chance to relax. It is an eye catcher for the spectators. The entertainment continues throughout the match and situations often take a twist in this format of the game. Most of all keeping in view the hectic lives of the people, we can say that now days no one is willing to waste his/her time in watching full day and night matches of cricket. Before the origin of twenty 20 cricket, people were really bored of watching test and one day watches. This concept of short form cricket has brought fascination and charm in the game. Its just 40 overs and the game is over.
Origin and start-up games of twenty 20
Twenty twenty cricket was first originated in England by a person named as Nick Borcich. The England and Wales Cricket Board then introduced it in various countries. The true origin is traced to twenty twenty cricket cup in England which turned out to be a huge success. In one particular match between Middlesex and surrey the audience turnover was the biggest ever recorded in a cricket country match. From this onwards, it was only a matter of time before the world cricket was about to adapt this version of the game. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced it formally in 2003.
From that day, the popularity of twenty twenty cricket continued to increase day by day. All other countries namely India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and other giants of cricket started it on a domestic level.
From the very first match to the recent World Cup
On 12th January 2005 Australia's first T20 game was played at the WACCA ground between Western Warriors and Victorian Bushrangers which attracted a massive crowd of 20700. On January 2007 Queensland Bulls played with the New South Wales Blues and it was expected that the turnover for this match would be 11000. However, more than 16000 people turned out to watch this match which created confusion and problem at the Gabba, Brisbane. You can imagine its ever increasing popularity when 84001 people came to witness the match at the MELBOURNE cricket ground between India and Australia. This too proved to be a huge success.
Finally the ICC adopted this version of the game in international cricket where it is a part of the series between two teams. Apart from 50 over match there is always 1 or more twenty twenty matches played in the series.
The recent milestone achieved in twenty twenty cricket was the T20 world cup held in South Africa in 2007. This was a huge success and achievement. It was a fascinating contest and thrilling encounters were witnessed throughout the world. India came on top in the finals where they defeated there arch rivals Pakistan in a nail biting encounter. From this and onwards the popularity of twenty twenty cricket knew no bounds. The next T20 world cup was held in England in 2009 where Pakistan became the world T20 champions. And now the next world cup is to be staged in the West Indies.
You can imagine that T20 cricket had such a great effect that it was inspiring other sports as well. Recently the golf sporting body is also looking to shorten the format to increase the interest of there followers. They are inspired by the outcome of twenty2 0.