All about Twenty-20 cricket
The original that started it all, the Twenty20 Cup is the English (and Welsh) domestic trophy, which began 8 years ago. It’s contested between all the counties, with a group stage followed by quarterfinals, and the semifinals and final are all played on the same day. Other countries have their own version of this competition.
ICC World Twenty20
The 20 over version of the ODI World Cup, the first edition of this competition was held in 2007 and won by India, with the final in September in Johannesburg, South Africa. The second run will be held in England in 2009, and features much the same format as the main world cup, with the associate countries (Netherlands, Ireland, Canada etc.) involved in a qualifying tournament in Ireland in August 2008 to determine which teams make up the groups, with knockout stages following to determine the winner.
ICL (Indian Cricket League)
Played most recently from March 2008, the ICL is effectively a rebel league, running in parallel with the BCCI in India without permission. Their relationship with the authorities has proved fractious, and although the ICL was set up as a rebel league to maximise TV revenues, the fact that players were in danger of sanction from their own cricket boards for taking part has led to mostly retired or fringe international players taking part.
Prize: $1 Million to winning team
IPL (Indian Premier League)
The first edition of the IPL kicked off In April and lasted until June 1st 2008. This is the competition that really opened eyes to the earning power of all-star 20/20 cricket, with multi-million dollar contracts. By virtue of its ratification by the BCCI (Indian cricket board) and other authorities, all players were free to participate, international schedules permitting – and efforts continue to find a schedule slot where all can take part.
Comprising eight teams of the best players in the world, and a significant number of mandated local youngsters, the IPL received massive financial backing and represents an attempt to create a TV friendly league that can be marketed worldwide over all media.
Gift: millions in prize money and huge contracts.
Stanford 20/20 for 20
Billionaire Allen Stanford has done a deal with the ECB and their West Indian equivalent to set up a series of five 20/20 matches over five years between England and a “Stanford All stars” team (West Indies in disguise, one suspects) to play for $20 million, winner takes all, one match per year.
This match will take place on November 1st this year, and one can only imagine the ways in which this will distort players’ minds – if England win, all 11 players receive $1 million each, while squad members and the coaching team merely split $1 million each. Think twice before you mention that niggling hamstring twinge ....
More money is split between the two cricket boards, and time will tell whether Stanford is truly trying to revitalise the game, or this is a pure cash investment with expectations of a return. The truth will be somewhere in between.
Set up by IPL supremo Lalit Modi, the idea of the Champions League is to bring together 8 of the best domestic teams in Twenty20 cricket which was supposed to be contested in december 2008 but becoz of 26/11 the tournment is postponed ,a Champions League worth for $5 million.
Six teams are already confirmed – two each from South Africa, Australia and the IPL in India. A wrangle continues with the selection for the fourth country – a premature announcement was made to the effect that England’s Twenty20 top two would participate, but Modi has taken a highly hostile stance to players participating in the ICL and has spoken of disqualifying all teams who have fielded an ICL player.
As this would rule out 15 of the 18 English counties (the ECB faced legal action over banning ICL players due to strong freedom of labour rules) then there are suggestions that Pakistan’s top two teams may get the nod instead. Another situation is yet to be straightened out, with some players eligible to play for more than one team, such as IPL stars who play for one of the top Australian teams.
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