Wednesday, May 27, 2009

T20 World Cup 2009 Stats

After IPL, it’s T20 World Cup ‘09. Time to move on 

Total 12 teams India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland and Netherland will participate in 2009 twenty20 cup.
The ICC has also announced top two ranked teams in each group and given them a number 1 and 2 respectively. They will retain this number irrespective of whether they finish first or second in the group.
For example if Bangladesh top ranked Group A and India finished second in the same group; India will still remain as A1 and Bangladesh will remain as A2 in Super Eights stages. If Ireland knockout Bangladesh in Group A then Ireland will become A2.

Here are the four group’s scenarios:
Group A – India (A1), Bangladesh (A2) and Ireland
Group B – Pakistan (B1), England (B2) and Netherlands
Group C – Australia (C1), Sri Lanka (C2) and West Indies
Group D – New Zealand (D1), South Africa (D2) and Scotland
Super Eight Groups
Group E –A1, B2, C1 and D2
Group F – A2, B1, C2, and D1

Note
Zimbabwe: the team which has been playing International cricket for quite some time and although their test & ODI performance were not upto the mark - they had beaten Australia in the inaugural twenty20 world cup in south africa.. yet - they have opted out of this 2nd T20 World Cup. Reason : Zimbabwe cricket doesn't think UK Government will issue visas for their team members! strange but true..

Based on the performance in the first twenty20 World Cup - India have been awarded the easiest group along side Bangladesh and Ireland in this second Twenty20 world cup to be played in England in the month of June 2009.

12 teams are broken into group of 3 in first stage out of which - 2 teams will qualify for the second round where each team plays 3 more matches before qualifying for the semi-finals. .

World Cup twenty-twenty20 fixtures have a strange pattern where each qualifying team will play two teams which qualified at number 2 in their group whereas 1 match with winner of third group.. .

similarly - the team which qualifies 2nd in a group gets to play 2 matches against group winners & 1 match versus 2nd team of a group.

A 27 match tournament whose matches will be starting mainly at 2 different timings (5pm & 1.30pm according to UK timing) and to be played at only 3 stadiums across England.

Note that the final match will be played 2 hours earlier than usual night matches and Nottingham is the ground which is also known as Trent Bridge which is one of 3 venues in England hosting this cricket tournament.

India are the defending champions.

Warm-up games
1st June = Ireland vs Netherlands, Australia vs Bangladesh, India vs New Zealand and Pakistan vs South Africa
2nd June = Bangaldesh vs Sri Lanka, Ireland vs West Indies, England vs Scotland and Australia vs New Zealand
3rd June = Sri Lanka vs South Africa, Netherland vs Scotland, England vs West Indies and India vs Pakistan


Twenty20 World Cup 2009 : Match schedule and start timings
Dates Versus Venue Start Time
05 June England vs Netherlands Lords 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
06 June New Zealand vs Scotland The Oval 10am UK, 2.30pm India
06 June Australia vs West Indies The Oval 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
06 June India vs Bangladesh Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
07 June South Africa vs Scotland The Oval 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
07 June England vs Pakistan The Oval 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
08 June Ireland vs Bangladesh Trent Bridge 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
08 June Australia vs Sri Lanka Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
09 June Pakistan vs Netherlands Lords 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
09 June New Zealand vs South Africa Lords 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
10 June Sri Lanka vs West Indies Trent Bridge 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
10 June India vs Ireland Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
11 June Group A2 vs Group D1 Trent Bridge 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
11 June Group B2 vs Group D2 Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
12 June Group B1 vs Group C2 Lords 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
12 June Group A1 vs Group C1 Lords 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
13 June Group C1 vs Group D2 The Oval 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
13 June Group B1 vs Group D1 The Oval 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
14 June Group A2 vs Group C2 Lords 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
14 June Group A1 vs Group B2 Lords 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
15 June Group B2 vs Group C1 The Oval 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
15 June Group B1 vs Group A2 The Oval 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
16 June Group D1 vs Group C2 Trent Bridge 1.30pm UK, 6pm India
16 June Group D2 vs Group C2 Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
18 June 1st Semi-final Trent Bridge 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
19 June 2nd Semi-final The Oval 5.30pm UK, 10pm India
21 June The Grand Final Lords 5.30pm UK, 10pm India


Groups:

Group A = India, Bangladesh, Ireland
Group B = England, Pakistan, Netherlands
Group C = Australia, Srilanka, West Indies
Group D = New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland