The eighth edition of the ICC T20 World Cup begins today (October 16).
The Sri Lanka-Namibia and Emirates-Netherlands matches in the opening ceremony are officially the matches of this year’s World Cup. The current champion Australia is hosting the T20 World Cup this time. A total of 16 teams are now in Australia to be a part of the World Cup.
Today’s two match opponents include West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Scotland in the first round. Out of these eight teams, the best four teams will advance to the World Cup finals, where they will be part of the battle to win the cup. It is called Super Twelve. Bangladesh is among the eight teams that have already written their names in this top twelve.
However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is giving the first phase the status of a World Cup match. Today is the official opening of the tournament. However, the current champion Australia and the first T20 winner India are going to play the summer match tomorrow.
Sakib Al Hasan’s team will play a warm-up match against South Africa on October 19 in Brisbane. And the main match on October 24, the opponent is still unknown. Sakib will play against the second best team in ‘A’ group.
Before this match in Bangladesh, the game will start with fire of twenty overs! The Super Twelve episode will begin on October 22, which coincidentally is a re-take of the last finale! Australia beat New Zealand in the World Cup final held in the Emirates last year. The curtain rises on the main stage of this season with an explosive match.
There is no boredom in fast-paced twenty over cricket. Either kill or die – T20 attracts visitors to the field by showing this warlike attitude. The World Cup means an extra layer of attraction. IPL, CPL, Big Bash and all other cricket franchises will see the ‘musclemen’ in the same ring!