The Rise Of T20 Cricket

The Rise Of T20 Cricket

Twenty20, or T20 as it’s also known, was designed to encourage more spectators to watch the game both at the ground as well as television. As is also obvious from the shortened format as well as more exciting variables, T20 continues to be able to achieve its objective quite comfortably. The effect has been noted in the immediate spike in the sales of cricket suppliesas well as the drastic improvement in thecricket equipment industry,once the T20 format became famous.

T20 was introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board or the ECB in 2003. It was heavily marketed with the slogan “I don’t like cricket, I love it”, which was obtained from the song Dreadlock Holiday by the English band 10cc. The format for Twenty20 cricket is very much the same as what we termed as one day internationals. Both have two teams and a single innings, but the difference here is that each team will only bat for the maximum of 20 overs rather than 50.

With all the necessary cricket accessories and cricket supplies, a Twenty20 cricket game is played within around Three hours and 30 minutes, each innings lasts about 75 minutes. This brings the time of the game played right down when compared to average Test cricket match which will last 5 days.

In 2002 when the Benson and Hedges Cup had ended, the England and Wales Cricket Board needed another One day game to fill its place. Sponsorships were being reduced and crowds were definitely getting smaller and cricket’s popularity needed some boosting. So, a fast paced game which was to become thrilling and easily available to a large amount of fans worldwide who had been being turned off watching the longer games came to life.

The very first Twenty20 game that was played at Lords on the 15th July, 2004 was between Middlesex and Surrey and drew a crowd of 26,500 people. It was the biggest county cricket attendance since a one day final in 1953. Furthermore, Australia’s first Twenty20 was a sell out with a crowd of 20,700.

At The Gabba in Brisbane on the 5th January 2007 New South Wales Blues played the Queensland Bulls. An expected crowd of 11,000 on pre-match ticket sales caused a significant disruption and a lot of fans were granted free entry when 27,653 excited people arrived to enjoy the action.

Like the case with one day cricket, the actual rise in popularity of T20 continues to be noted in the sub continent i.e. India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, all of which are nations where cricket carries a cult-like status. This became evident in the two finalists in the first T20 cricket world cup held in South Africa in 2007. The tournament’s finalists were Pakistan and India, with India winning the nail biting match with 5 runs.

As mentioned above, the difference between the T20 format and the 1 day internationals is virtually nothing based on the required equipment. Players in the formats use critical cricket accessories for instance pads, Leg guards, elbow shields, and helmets in addition to the basic cricket supplies like a bat and ball.

Gordon is a sports writer with a interest in cricket,surfing,boxing and snowboarding in particular.

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