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ICC World Twenty20 2010

April 6, 2010 by

ICC World Twenty20 2010 by Bevo_No_Spicy_Pls

A Twenty20 game involves two teams; each has a single innings, batting for a maximum of 20 overs. Twenty20 cricket is also known as T20 cricket.

A Twenty20 game is completed in about three and half hours, with each innings lasting around 75 minutes, thus bringing the game closer to the time span of other popular team sports. It was introduced to create a lively form of the game which would be attractive to spectators at the ground and viewers on television and as such it has been very successful.  Although the format has been proved successful, it has been argued that since Twenty20 encourages far-from-technical cricket, youngsters wanting to pick up the game will be misguided into believing that cricket is all about trying to hit 6s (kinda like a home run in baseball) and 4s no matter how you do it.

With less than a month left till the third ICC World twenty20 bowls off, the list of the 15 member’s squad has been announced by all 12 playing nations. The third edition of ICC World twenty20 will be played in the West Indies, April 30th to May 16th 2010 with matches to be played at four grounds – Barbados, Guyana, St.Lucia and St.Kitts & Nevis. The tournament will be organized in parallel with the women’s tournament, with the men’s semi-finals and final being preceded by the semi-finals and final from the women’s event. A total of twelve teams will participate in the tournament (Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, India, South Africa, Afghanistan, West Indies, England and Ireland).

There will be four groups consisting of three teams in each group. Each team will play with each other in their corresponding group and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the super 8’s stage. The twenty20 Final at Kensington Oval, a game which I finally secured tickets for after a 2 month search (long story), will be on May 16th.

Being from Trinidad and Tobago means by default I’m cheering for the West Indies team, even though they are currently ranked #8 of 12 in the world in the one day 50 over version of the game, they do have some of the world’s most explosive players in the twenty20 version of the game – one being Chris Gayle (only player to score an international twenty20 100 score). Chris Gayle is responsible for hitting the some of the biggest sixes in cricket and although it’s not an official stat, he has lost the most balls in domestic and international form of the game, he hits the ball so far over the wall that they couldn’t be found, but when your stadium is located in a jungle that a pretty easy thing to do I guess.

The West Indies team can be described as the NY METS of international cricket, they are surely going to break your heart repeatedly but a fan is a fan and we always hold out hope however faint and unwise it may be.  The W. Indies lost their last twenty20 international to lowly Zimbabwe in a game described by some experts as “the worst international cricket ever played.” They start off in a relatively easy group along with England and the Irish but knowing what I know about the W. Indies, easy usually means finding a way to lose.

Stay tuned for more…..

The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones are doing away with the past.  We’re not talking about the 5 Super Bowl trophys.  We’re talking about expensive, unproductive veterans.  5-Time Pro Bowl left tackle, Flozell “The Hotel” (he’s 6 foot 7 inches tall and 340 lbs) Adams and 2007 Pro Bowl safety Ken “my neck is so long that I should be on a National Geographic special” Hamlin, were cut by the Cowboys Thursday.  Adams and Hamlin both signed six-year deals through 2013 before the 2008 season.   Adams, who will turn 35 in May, was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June and a $5 million base salary for the 2010 season. Ken Hamlin’s base salary this season was to be just over $5.5 million.

Ordinarily, moves like these could possibly cripple a team’s salary cap space.  Like when the Cowboys cut Terrell Owens prior to the start of last season (he was cut after 1 season after signing a 4 year contract extension).  Instead of dealing with all of the distractions he brought to the team, they took a $9 million cap hit.  $9 million of dead cap space just to rid themselves of a cancer.    But this year, due to the owners and players association not coming to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, there is no salary cap.  Hence, no penalty for releasing overpaid veterans.  This move saved the Cowboys $13 million for the upcoming season.

Normally, you would think that Jerry Jones would be licking his surgically enhanced chops when he hears the words “Uncapped Season”.  OK, he might be licking them, but not reaching for his wallet at the same time.  This seems to be a new and improved Jerry that we are seeing.  After opening “Jerry’s World” last year, millions upon millions of dollars of new revenue are streaming into his bank account.  But this hasn’t meant that Jerry will open his checkbook and spend as much as possible.  The uncapped season is letting owners shed these bad contracts in order to re-position themselves with younger players for the long haul.  With the Cowboys, this means getting wide Receiver Miles Austin signed to a long-term deal.  That $13 million coming off the books makes this possible.