IT IS the end of one mega event of Cricket in India and beginning of another tournament, ICC T20 world Cup, in a span of week but on 180 degree longitudinal difference. Last event of IPL in India was the most successful sports event of the world, now we can expect the same in Caribbean. The world is waiting for this tournament of course without controversies.
Today, it is going to be start of a Carnival in Caribbean, courtesy cricket….T20 cricket. Host team West Indies will play with Ireland in the inauguration match while in another match, Sri lanka will clash with New Zealand.
Is it too much cricket…specially in similar format? After Pakistan’s victory at Lords in England, the trophy is once again up for grab this time in West Indies.
In coming week West Indies will have a chance to put horror of the 2007 World cup behind them and demonstrate the spirit of Caribbean. And they will have to do it with a bang in the tournament opener against Ireland. But they cannot take the Irish team lightly, as Ireland has the ability to throw surprises.
Injuries and form will definitely haunt some of the teams. It is a fact that, T20 is played mostly at domestic level and very few teams have the advantage of playing more than 2-3 matches in international format.
ICC is committed to spread this format as much as it can. ICC is targeting USA and China for this purpose. In a short span of time, with just two international editions, ICC T20 World Cup has been a huge hit across continents. People have shown great interest and enthusiasm in both South African and England editions of the tournament. The unpredictability of this format makes it futile to suggest the favorites. That is the USP of this format as well.
Afghanistan is known for its gutsy game, they can cause an upset but it is for sure that they will not win the trophy. South Africa and India will test the mettle of Afghan nerves in coming days.
Two teams are ready to bounce back any time, one is Zimbabwe and other is Bangladesh. Although Australia haven’t yet dominated in this format but the talent and passion to win will definitely drive them.
The host will try to do a cleaning act to erase some of the past memories and add some happy moments in front of the home crowd.
As far as Pakistan is concerned, they can do what ever they think they can. Unfortunately there will power is at the lowest, reason the politics. But there sharp bowling lineup is intact and they will do their best with that.
Rest of the teams, whether England or New Zealand can always do wonders if they don’t underestimate the opponents.
What ever will be the outcome, who ever will be the winner, the spirit of cricket, whether in East or West, must not die.