Twenty20

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Lasith Malinga bowling to Shahid Afridi in the 2009 T20 World Cup Final at Lord's, London. T20 final 2009.jpg
Lasith Malinga bowling to Shahid Afridi in the 2009 T20 World Cup Final at Lord's, London.

Twenty20 (T20) is a shortened game format of cricket. At the professional level, it was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition. [1] In a Twenty20 game, the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of twenty overs. Together with first-class and List A cricket, Twenty20 is one of the three current forms of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as being at the highest international or domestic level.

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A typical Twenty20 game is completed in about two and a half hours, with each innings lasting around 70 minutes and an official 10-minute break between the innings. This is much shorter than previous forms of the game, and is closer to the timespan of other popular team sports. It was introduced to create a fast-paced game that would be attractive to spectators at the ground and viewers on television.

The game has succeeded in spreading around the cricket world. On most international tours there is at least one Twenty20 match and all Test-playing nations have a domestic cup competition.

History

Origins

Former England batsman Andrew Strauss batting for Middlesex against Surrey Andrew Strauss twenty20.jpg
Former England batsman Andrew Strauss batting for Middlesex against Surrey

When the Benson & Hedges Cup ended in 2002, the ECB needed another one-day competition to fill its place. Cricketing authorities were looking to boost the game's popularity with the younger generation in response to dwindling crowds and reduced sponsorship. It was intended to deliver fast-paced, exciting cricket accessible to thousands of fans who were put off by the longer versions of the game. Stuart Robertson, the marketing manager of the ECB, proposed a 20-over-per-innings game, invented by New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe, to county chairmen in 2001 and they voted 11–7 in favour of adopting the new format. [2]

The first official Twenty20 matches were played on 13 June 2003 between the English counties in the Twenty20 Cup. [3] The first season of Twenty20 in England was a relative success, with the Surrey Lions defeating the Warwickshire Bears by nine wickets in the final to claim the title. [4] The first Twenty20 match held at Lord's, on 15 July 2004 between Middlesex and Surrey, attracted a crowd of 27,509, the highest attendance for any county cricket game at the ground – other than a one-day final – since 1953. [5]

Spread worldwide

Thirteen teams from different parts of the country participated in Pakistan's inaugural competition in 2004, with the Faisalabad Wolves the first winners. On 12 January 2005 Australia's first Twenty20 game was played at the WACA Ground between the Western Warriors and the Victorian Bushrangers. It drew a sell-out crowd of 20,000, which was the first one in nearly 25 years. [6]

Starting on 11 July 2006, 19 West Indies regional teams competed in what was named the Stanford 20/20 tournament. The event was financially backed by billionaire Allen Stanford, who gave at least US$28,000,000 in funding money. It was intended that the tournament would be an annual event. Guyana won the inaugural event, defeating Trinidad and Tobago by five wickets, securing US$1,000,000 in prize money. [7] [8]

On 5 January 2007 the Queensland Bulls played the New South Wales Blues at The Gabba, Brisbane. An unexpected 16,000 fans turned up on the day to buy tickets, causing Gabba staff to throw open gates and grant many fans free entry. Attendance reached 27,653. [9] For the February 2008 Twenty20 match between Australia and India, 85,824 people attended the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, involving the Twenty20 World Champions [10] against the ODI World Champions.[ citation needed ]

The Stanford Super Series was held in October 2008 between the three teams. The respective winners of the English and Caribbean Twenty20 competitions, Middlesex and Trinidad and Tobago, and a Stanford Superstars team formed from West Indies domestic players. Trinidad and Tobago won the competition, securing US$280,000 prize money. [11] [12] On 1 November, the Stanford Superstars played England in what was expected to be the first of five fixtures in as many years with the winner claiming US$20,000,000 in each match. The Stanford Superstars won the first match, [13] but no further fixtures were held as Allen Stanford was charged with fraud in 2009. [14]

T20 leagues

Crowd during a match of the 2015 IPL season in Hyderabad, India SRH fans while an ipl match.jpg
Crowd during a match of the 2015 IPL season in Hyderabad, India

Several T20 leagues started after the popularity of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20. [15] The Board of Control for Cricket in India started the Indian Premier League popularly known as IPL, which is now the largest cricket league, in 2008, which utilizes the North American sports franchise system with ten teams in major Indian cities. In September 2017, the broadcasting and digital rights for the next five years (2018–2022) of the IPL [16] were sold to Star India for US$2.55 billion, [17] making it one of the world's most lucrative sports league per match. The IPL has seen a spike in its brand valuation to US$5.3 billion after the 10th edition, according to global valuation and corporate finance advisor Duff & Phelps. [18]

The Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, and Afghanistan Premier League started thereafter, following similar formulae, and remained popular with the fans. [19] [20] The Women's Big Bash League was started in 2015 by Cricket Australia, while the Kia Super League was started in England and Wales in 2016. The Mzansi Super League in South Africa was started in 2018.

Several T20 leagues [21] follow the general format of having a group stage followed by a Page playoff system among the top four teams where:

In the Big Bash League, there is an additional match to determine which of the fourth- or fifth-placed teams will qualify to be in the top four. [22]

Twenty20 Internationals

The first Twenty20 International match was held on 5 August 2004 between the England and New Zealand women's teams, with New Zealand winning by nine runs. [23]

On 17 February 2005 Australia defeated New Zealand in the first men's international Twenty20 match, played at Eden Park in Auckland. The game was played in a light-hearted manner – both sides turned out in kit similar to that worn in the 1980s, the New Zealand team's a direct copy of that worn by the Beige Brigade. Some of the players also sported moustaches or beards and hairstyles popular in the 1980s, taking part in a competition amongst themselves for "best retro look", at the request of the Beige Brigade. Australia won the game comprehensively, and as the result became obvious towards the end of the NZ innings, the players and umpires took things less seriously: Glenn McGrath jokingly replayed the Trevor Chappell underarm incident from a 1981 ODI between the two sides, and Billy Bowden showed him a mock red card (red cards are not normally used in cricket) in response.

The first Twenty20 international in England was played between England and Australia at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire on 13 June 2005, which England won by a margin of 100 runs, a record victory which lasted until 2007. [24]

On 9 January 2006 Australia and South Africa met in the first international Twenty20 game in Australia. In a first, each player's nickname appeared on the back of his uniform, rather than his surname. The international match drew a crowd of 38,894 people at The Gabba.

On 16 February 2006 New Zealand defeated West Indies in a tie-breaking bowl-out 3–0; 126 runs were scored apiece in the game proper. The game was the last international match played by Chris Cairns.

The ICC has declared that it sees T20 as the optimal format for globalizing the game, [25] and in 2018, announced that it will give international status to all T20 cricket matches played between its member nations. [26] This resulted in a significant leap in the number of T20I matches played across the world. [27] [28]

Twenty20 World Cup

Every two years an ICC World Twenty20 tournament is to take place, except in the event of an ICC Cricket World Cup being scheduled in the same year, in which case it will be held the year before. The first tournament was in 2007 in South Africa where India defeated Pakistan in the final. Two Associate teams had played in the first tournament, selected through the 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One, a 50-over competition. In December 2007 it was decided to hold a qualifying tournament with a 20-over format to better prepare the teams. With six participants, two would qualify for the 2009 World Twenty20 and would each receive $250,000 in prize money. [29] The second tournament was won by Pakistan, who beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in England on 21 June 2009. The 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournament was held in the West Indies in May 2010, where England defeated Australia by seven wickets. The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 was won by the West Indies, by defeating Sri Lanka at the finals. It was the first time in cricket history when a T20 World Cup tournament took place in an Asian country. The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 was won by Sri Lanka, by defeating India at the finals, where the tournament was held in Bangladesh. The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 was won by West Indies. In July 2020, the ICC announced that both the 2020 and 2021 editions had been postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In June 2021, the ICC expanded the Twenty20 World Cup from 16 to 20 teams starting from the 2024 edition onwards. [30]

Impact on the game

Twenty20 matches can have some exciting displays, such as when the batsmen run out to the pitch Twenty20 cricket start.JPG
Twenty20 matches can have some exciting displays, such as when the batsmen run out to the pitch

Twenty20 cricket is claimed to have resulted in a more athletic and explosive form of cricket. Indian fitness coach Ramji Srinivasan declared in an interview with the Indian fitness website Takath.com that Twenty20 had "raised the bar" in terms of fitness levels for all players, demanding higher levels of strength, speed, agility and reaction time from all players regardless of role in the team. [31] Matthew Hayden credited retirement from international cricket with aiding his performance in general and fitness in particular in the Indian Premier League. [32]

Several commentators have noted that the T20 format has been embraced by many Associate members of the ICC partly because it is more financially viable to play. [33] [25]

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, on the other hand, has criticized Twenty20 as being detrimental to Test cricket and for hampering batsmen's scoring skills and concentration. [34] Former Australian captain Greg Chappell made similar complaints, fearing that young players would play too much T20 and not develop their batting skills fully, while former England player Alex Tudor feared the same for bowling skills. [35] [36]

Former West Indies captains Clive Lloyd, Michael Holding and Garfield Sobers criticised Twenty20 for its role in discouraging players from representing their test cricket national side, with many West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo preferring instead to play in a Twenty20 franchise elsewhere in the world and make far more money. [37] [38] [39] [40] [41]

Under-17s and Under-19s are playing T20 games in national championships, and at the detriment of two-day games. Good state players these days are averaging 35; if you were averaging 35 when I was playing your dad would go and buy you a basketball or a footy and tell you to play that.

Ricky Ponting, [42]

Inclusion in multi-sport events

In June 2009, speaking at the annual Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's, former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist pushed for Twenty20 to be made an Olympic sport. "It would," he said, "be difficult to see a better, quicker or cheaper way of spreading the game throughout the world." [43] This became a reality starting with the 2028 Summer Olympics. T20 cricket has also been accepted into the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. [44]

Match format and rules

Format

Twenty20 match format is a form of limited overs cricket in that it involves two teams, each with a single innings. The key feature is that each team bats for a maximum of 20 overs (120 legal balls). The batting team members do not arrive from and depart to traditional dressing rooms, but come and go from a bench (typically a row of chairs) visible in the playing arena, analogous to association football's technical area or a baseball dugout. [45]

Middlesex playing against Surrey at Lord's, in front of a 28,000-strong crowd Twenty20 game.jpg
Middlesex playing against Surrey at Lord's, in front of a 28,000-strong crowd

General rules

The Laws of cricket apply to Twenty20, with major exceptions: [46]

Tie deciders

Currently, if the match ends with the scores tied and there must be a winner, the tie is broken with a one-over-per-side Eliminator [47] or Super Over: [48] [49] Each team nominates three batsmen and one bowler to play a one-over-per-side "mini-match". The team which bats second in the match bats first in the Super Over. [50] [51] In turn, each side bats one over bowled by the one nominated opposition bowler, with their innings over if they lose two wickets before the over is completed. The side with the higher score from their Super Over wins. If the Super Over also ends up in a tie, it is repeated until the tie is broken.

In the Australian domestic competition the Big Bash League, the Super Over is played slightly differently, with no two-wicket limit, and if the Super Over is also tied then a "countback" is used, with scores after the fifth ball for each team being used to determine the result. If it is still tied, then the countback goes to four balls, and so on. [52] The latest Super Over to decide a match was between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat on 25 January 2017, in the Big Bash League at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, with the Sixers winning 0/22 to 0/15 in the Super Over after tying on 164. [53]

Tied Twenty20 matches were previously decided by a bowl-out. [54]

International

Women's and men's Twenty20 Internationals have been played since 2004 and 2005 respectively. To date, 76 nations have played the format, including all Test-playing nations.

NationDate of men's T20I debutDate of women's T20I debut
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 17 February 20052 September 2005
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 17 February 20055 August 2004
Flag of England.svg  England 13 June 20055 August 2004
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 21 October 200510 August 2007
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 16 February 200627 June 2008
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 15 June 200612 June 2009
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 28 August 200625 May 2009
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 28 November 200627 August 2012
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 28 November 20065 January 2019
Flag of India.svg  India 1 December 20065 August 2006
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 1 September 20076 April 2019
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 12 September 20077 July 2018
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 2 August 200827 June 2008
Cricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 2 August 200827 June 2008
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2 August 200817 May 2019
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 3 August 2008
Flag of Afghanistan (2013-2021).svg  Afghanistan 2 February 2010
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 16 March 201412 January 2019
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 16 March 201412 January 2019
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 17 March 20147 July 2018
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 15 July 20157 July 2018
Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 25 July 201517 January 2020
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone 19 October 202120 August 2018
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho 16 October 202120 August 2018
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 9 October 20223 November 2018
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 26 July 20233 November 2018
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 9 October 202212 January 2019
Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 26 July 202312 January 2019
Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 5 December 201913 January 2019
Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 20 January 201920 March 2022
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 20 January 201920 March 2022
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 20 January 201918 February 2019
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 20 January 20192 December 2019
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 21 January 201917 January 2020
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 18 August 202126 January 2019
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 15 March 201917 May 2019
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 22 March 201921 December 2019
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 22 March 20196 May 2019
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 29 March 20195 May 2022
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 29 March 201927 August 2022
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 25 April 201923 August 2018
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 25 April 201913 December 2019
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 25 April 201926 April 2019
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 25 April 2019
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 9 October 20226 May 2019
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 9 September 20226 May 2019
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 2 November 20216 May 2019
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 11 May 201925 September 2021
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 11 May 201926 June 2019
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 20 May 20197 July 2018
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 20 May 201926 January 2019
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 20 May 201928 March 2022
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 20 May 201920 August 2018
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 20 May 201920 August 2018
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 25 May 20199 August 2021
Flag of Guernsey.svg  Guernsey 31 May 201931 May 2019
Flag of Jersey.svg  Jersey 31 May 201931 May 2019
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 15 June 201931 July 2019
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 16 June 201928 May 2022
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 17 November 202118 June 2019
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 24 June 20193 June 2018
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 24 June 20193 June 2018
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 8 July 20196 May 2019
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 13 July 2019
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 22 July 20199 August 2018
Flag of France.svg  France 5 August 202131 July 2019
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands 18 August 2019
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 29 August 201931 July 2019
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 29 August 201927 August 2022
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 29 August 2019
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 29 August 201929 May 2023
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 30 August 2019
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 3 October 20193 October 2019
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 3 October 201923 August 2018
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 3 October 201923 August 2018
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 3 October 20193 October 2019
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 14 October 2019
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 14 October 201910 September 2022
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 15 October 20199 September 2022
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 25 October 2019
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 26 October 2019
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi 6 November 201920 August 2018
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 6 November 201920 August 2018

T20 International rankings

In November 2011, the ICC released the first Twenty20 International rankings for the men's game, based on the same system as the Test and ODI rankings. The rankings cover a two- to three-year period, with matches since the most recent 1 August weighted fully, matches in the preceding 12 months weighted two-thirds, and matches in the 12 months preceding that weighted one-third. To qualify for the rankings, teams must have played at least eight Twenty20 Internationals in the ranking period. [55] [56]

The ICC Women's Rankings were launched in October 2015, which aggregated performance over all three forms of the game. [57] In October 2018, the ICC announced that the women's ranking would be split between ODIs and T20Is, and released both tables shortly thereafter. [58]

ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
RankTeamMatchesPointsRating
1Flag of India.svg  India 7118,867266
2Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6015,387256
3Flag of England.svg  England 4812,305256
4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 399,760250
5Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 5814,454249
6Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 379,210249
7WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 4410,800245
8Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 419,574234
9Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 4610,452227
10Flag of Afghanistan (2013-2021).svg  Afghanistan 377,443219
11Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 285,539198
12Cricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 479,117194
13Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 5310,222193
14Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 183,412190
15Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 193,445181
16Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 274,796178
17Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 386,623174
18Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 243,678153
19Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 223,173144
20Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 182,528140
21Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 283,740134
22Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 658,602132
23Flag of the United States.svg  United States 91,183131
24Flag of Jersey.svg  Jersey 192,427128
25Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 415,132125
26Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 283,360120
27Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 363,972110
28Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 181,964109
29Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 444,697107
30Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 141,494107
31Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia 232,327101
32Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 171,712101
33Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 494,72796
34Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 181,64992
35Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 333,02292
36Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 312,39077
37Flag of Guernsey.svg  Guernsey 161,21276
38Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 302,26175
39Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 161,16773
40Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands 1179072
41Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 231,62271
42Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 181,23769
43Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 161,06066
44Flag of the Isle of Man.svg  Isle of Man 1594963
45Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 291,68258
46Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1585257
47Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 1584656
48Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 291,54353
49Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1895353
50Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg   Switzerland 1683552
51Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 1892151
52Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi 1993349
53Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 241,10146
54Flag of France.svg  France 1673046
55Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1875942
56Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 261,09242
57Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 1769841
58Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 281,14941
59Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 624541
60Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1142439
61Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 2486436
62Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 441,53535
63Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 702,25532
64Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 3196831
65Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1030430
66Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 3084528
67Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone 2876627
68Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 820626
69Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1845725
70Flag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas 1024124
71Flag of Belize.svg  Belize 36622
72Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 1530320
73Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1936719
74Flag of Panama.svg  Panama 1120619
75Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 1921414
76Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 3038513
77Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 3028910
78Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho 9829
79Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 7639
80Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 11605
81Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 20754
82Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 7264
83Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 14252
84Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 7122
85Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia 9111
86Flag of Eswatini.svg  Eswatini 1800
87Flag of Seychelles.svg  Seychelles 700
88Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 900
89Flag of Mali.svg  Mali 800
90Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1000
91Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 600
References: ICC T20I rankings, As of 7 February 2024
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12–24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
ICC Women's T20I Rankings
RankTeamMatchesPointsRating
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 308,771292
2Flag of England.svg  England 308,447282
3Flag of India.svg  India 4311,252262
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 276,904256
5Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 286,874246
6WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 276,340235
7Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 316,988225
8Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 337,279221
9Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 306,040201
10Cricket Ireland flag.svg  Ireland 295,166178
11Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 233,671160
12Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 233,605157
13Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 345,326157
14Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 223,206146
15Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 253,073123
16Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 414,845118
17Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 313,574115
18Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 444,894111
19Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 161,648103
20Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania 272,717101
21Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 272,61197
22Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 373,36491
23Flag of the United States.svg  United States 131,05481
24Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 362,65774
25Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda 332,34271
26Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 342,36970
27Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 201,31966
28Flag of Jersey.svg  Jersey 1383965
29Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 291,79462
30Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 231,62758
31Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 951357
32Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 1161356
33Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1576651
34Flag of the Isle of Man.svg  Isle of Man 1154950
35Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 625643
36Flag of France.svg  France 2397342
37Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2084642
38Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1658637
39Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone 1551835
40Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 925628
41Flag of Myanmar.svg  Myanmar 1027528
42Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 2564126
43Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 921924
44Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 2453222
45Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 816421
46Flag of Oman.svg  Oman 48120
47Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 1428220
48Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 2138618
49Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 915417
50Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 610017
51Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1320716
52Flag of Guernsey.svg  Guernsey 89512
53Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2020410
54Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 1110810
55Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 121119
56Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 201508
57Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 5296
58Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 17614
59Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 21462
60Flag of Cambodia.svg  Cambodia 13282
61Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1130
62Flag of Eswatini.svg  Eswatini 900
63Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 700
64Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines 1200
65Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 700
66Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 2100
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, Updated on 28 January 2024

Domestic professional T20 leagues

The Kolkata Knight Riders taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens during India's IPL 01 (2008). Eden Gardens Kolkata.jpg
The Kolkata Knight Riders taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens during India's IPL 01 (2008).
The Perth Scorchers taking on the Hobart Hurricanes at the WACA Ground during Australia's BBL 01 (2011-12). HobartVSPerth WACA.jpg
The Perth Scorchers taking on the Hobart Hurricanes at the WACA Ground during Australia's BBL 01 (2011–12).

This is a list of the current Twenty20 domestic competitions in several of the leading cricket countries.

CountryDomestic competitionsNumber of teams
Australia Big Bash League 8
Bangladesh Bangladesh Premier League 8
Canada Global T20 Canada 6
England T20 Blast 18
Hong Kong Hong Kong T20 Blitz 5
India Indian Premier League, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 10, 38
Ireland Inter-Provincial Trophy 4
Netherlands Dutch Twenty20 Cup 16
Nepal Nepal T20 League, Everest Premier League 6,6
New Zealand Super Smash 6
Pakistan Pakistan Super League, National T20 Cup, Kashmir Premier League, Pakistan Junior League 6, 6, 8, 1
Scotland Murgitroyd Twenty20, Regional Pro Series 3
South Africa Mzansi Super League, CSA Provincial T20 Cup, SA20 6, 15, 6
Sri Lanka Lanka Premier League 5
West Indies Caribbean Premier League 6
United Arab Emirates International League T20 Abu Dhabi T10 6, 7
United States Major League Cricket 6
Zimbabwe Stanbic Bank 20 Series 4

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">ICC Men's T20 World Cup</span> Twenty20 International Cricket Championship

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sunil Narine</span> Trinidadian cricketer (born 1988)

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dirk Nannes</span> Australian cricketer

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sohail Tanvir</span> Pakistani cricketer

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dan Christian</span> Australian cricketer

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Champions League Twenty20</span> Former competition for domestic cricket teams

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, was an annual international Twenty20 Cricket competition played between qualifying domestic teams from some major cricketing nations. The competition was launched in 2008 with the first edition held in October 2009. It was jointly owned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa, and was chaired by N. Srinivasan, who was also the chairman of the ICC. Sundar Raman was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the CLT20 as well as the IPL. The last champions were the Chennai Super Kings, who won their second title in 2014.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">David Miller (South African cricketer)</span>

David Andrew Miller is a South African professional cricketer. He currently plays for South African national team in limited overs cricket. He is an aggressive left-handed middle order batsman and an occasional wicket-keeper.

A Super Over, also called a one-over eliminator or officially a one over per side eliminator, is a tie-breaking method used in limited-overs cricket matches, where both teams play a single, additional over of six balls to determine the winner of the match. A match which goes to a Super Over is officially declared a "tie", and won by the team who score the most runs in the Super Over. If the Super Over also ends in a tie, it is followed by another Super Over.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2012 ICC World Twenty20</span>

The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 was the fourth ICC World Twenty20 competition, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament that took place in Sri Lanka from 18 September to 7 October 2012 which was won by the West Indies. This was the first World Twenty20 tournament held in an Asian country, the last three having been held in South Africa, England and the West Indies. Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga had been chosen as the event ambassador of the tournament by ICC. The format had four groups of three teams in a preliminary round.

Samuel Badree is a former Trinidadian cricketer and cricket coach who played international cricket for the West Indies. He is a right-arm leg-spin bowler.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lizelle Lee</span> South African cricketer

Lizelle Lee is a South African cricketer who played for the South Africa women's national cricket team from 2013 to 2022. She has played for Western Storm and Surrey Stars in the Women's Cricket Super League, as well as Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes in the Women's Big Bash League. Lee is an opening batter. In January 2022, Lee was named the ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year. In July 2022, Lee announced her retirement from international cricket.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">History of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup</span> Aspect of history

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup was first held in 2007. It was first decided that every two years an ICC T20 World Cup tournament is to take place, except in the event of an ICC Cricket World Cup being scheduled in the same year, in which case it will be held the year before. The first tournament was in 2007 in South Africa where India defeated Pakistan in the final. Two Associate teams had played in the first tournament, selected through the 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One, a 50-over competition. In December 2007 it was decided to hold a qualifying tournament with a 20-over format to better prepare the teams. With six participants, two would qualify for the 2009 World Twenty20 and would each receive $250,000 in prize money. The second tournament was won by Pakistan who beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in England on 21 June 2009. The 2010 ICC World Twenty20 tournament was held in West Indies in May 2010, where England defeated Australia by 7 wickets. The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 was won by the West-Indies, by defeating Sri Lanka at the finals. For the first time, a host nation competed in the final of the ICC World Twenty20. There were 12 participants for the title including Ireland and Afghanistan as 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. It was the first time the World Twenty20 tournament took place in an Asian country. Pakistan was the only team to reach the last four in the first four editions of the tournament. 2014 saw the expansion to 16 teams featuring three teams making their debuts. Sri Lanka yet again made it to the Finals this time winning after their two other appearances in previous finals. The ICC Men's T20 World Cup has had five champions from six tournaments.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Rashid Khan</span> Afghan cricketer

Rashid Khan Arman is an Afghan international cricketer and captain of the Afghanistan national team in the T20I format. In franchise leagues, he plays for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Adelaide Strikers in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL), Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Band-e-Amir Dragons in Afghanistan's Shpageeza Cricket League and MI New York in Major League Cricket (MLC). He bowls right-arm leg spin and bats right-handed.

Akeal Jerome Hosein is a Trinidadian cricketer who has played for Trinidad and Tobago in West Indian domestic cricket, as well as representing the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Muhammad Ahsan Ali KhanPunjabi:علی خان}}}}, born December 13, 1990) is a Pakistani-born American professional cricketer.

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