The Problems With the Twenty20 World Cup

May 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

The Twenty20 World Cup got under way in the Caribbean. Like all international cricket tournaments these days it seems to be plagued with issues. Let’s go through them.

There are four groups of three teams with two advancing from each group. This means that the final group match while decisive is also a dead one. Bangladesh have next to no chance advancing at the expense of Pakistan, ditto for Afghanistan and South Africa. Run rate means that these games are effectively a waste of time. The last thing we need are more betting-related issues in the game.

Why not have three groups of four instead? The top two from each can advance to the Super Sixes. This would also be better for scheduling as you wouldn’t have teams having the day off.
Having the likes of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Ireland in the tournament is good for them and world cricket but it doesn’t create exciting cricket. Many of the early games have been routs and there hasn’t been much excitement for the tournament.

Both of yesterday’s games were affected by rain and the Duckworth Lewis system came into play. For a game which is already shortened, it is crazy to use the same system for a 50 over game as you would for a 20 over one. Paul Collingwood said the same thing after England were on the wrong end of the system.

Why have this tournament straight after the IPL? Surely everyone is already Twenty20-out and had enough of this form of the game? Wouldn’t it be better if the two were somewhat separated on the calendar? Held every two years, these already feel as though they happen all the time. It would be better if they were somehow spread out.

This all happens so quickly and then it just as forgettable. As anyone who won the first two Twenty20 World Cups and they will struggle to give you an answer. It will be good when the real cricket returns.

By the time the month is out Bangladesh will be at Lords playing England in a test match and the natural order of things would have resumed.

Darren Albert writes for this blog. He also writes about live betting


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