June 6, 2009

ICC World Twenty20

An England supporter's thoughts on the opening match of the World Twenty20

Andy Zaltzman

The waiting is over. The World Twenty20 has begun. Cricketers from all corners of the globe have descended upon England, to test their skills against each other, and entertain the watching public.

It was a tremendous shame that the opening ceremony had to be cancelled due to the rain – I guess the world will never know now what spectacular displays would have unfolded on the famous Lord’s turf. Congratulations are due, however, to David Morgan and the Duke of Kent for bravely pressing ahead with their welcoming speeches despite the conditions, ensuring that the tournament had the official launch it so richly deserved.

Watching on my television, it was hard to tell whether the PA system conveyed their words audibly to the crowd at the ground – I do sincerely hope so, it would have been a shame for them to miss out. And how fortunate we are to live in an electronic age when microphones make such things possible.

Despite the weather, Lord’s was looking a picture as always, the new floodlights successfully blending in with the striking mixture of old and new architecture that has become the old ground’s signature. I particularly like the Grandstand. It is functional but very elegant. You had to wonder whether Thomas Lord could possibly have imagined the opening match of an international Twenty20 tournament taking place on his ground bearing his name just 222 years after the first Lord’s came into existence.

The famed drainage facilities at MCC head-quarters certainly proved their worth on such a wet day – a lesson to other grounds around the world. It would have been very disappointing if the opening game had had to be cancelled along with the opening ceremony. Fortunately, that did not happen. The ground staff must be complimented for their efforts to ensure the game went ahead.

Both teams looked very smart in their clean and freshly ironed kit. And it must have been a real thrill for the umpires, Stephen James Davis of Australia and Ellawalakankanamge Asoka Ranjit De Silva from Sri Lanka, to officiate on such a high-profile match.

On a global scale, the opening of the World Twenty20 might have been overshadowed by President Obama’s important speech in Cairo, and on a British scale, attention has been fixed on the apparent implosion of the Labour government. Nevertheless, it is exciting that, with the first game completed, the World Twenty20 is finally underway.

I am sure there will be some excellent matches over the next couple of weeks.

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Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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Posted by Ahmed on (April 3, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Very nice program you got. I ralley enjoy all the channels you supply me and my family. Especially Live The Ashes Cricket I like very much.

Posted by Forex Autopilot on (December 19, 2009, 0:23 GMT)

I somehow dont agree with a few things, but its great anyways.

Posted by has9 on (June 9, 2009, 9:57 GMT)

brilliant stuff, not for everyone to understand the joke being made. But i cant even blame new commers for not getting what the joke was, there is actually a lot of hype surrounding your articles and obvious there will be some Tom,Dick and..... reading you article by you for the very first time and wondering where is the humor. For all the people who ask why no comments on the game, let me ask you who would a writer end with "...with the first game completed..." and on the next line "sure there will be some excellent matches....". Its just brilliant :)

Posted by FunkyRaj on (June 9, 2009, 4:09 GMT)

Utter genius! That last sentence is pure class.

Pity so many comments here show such a one dimensional understanding of the English sense of humour! I guess you either get it or you don't.

Posted by Lets All Laugh At Australia on (June 9, 2009, 1:51 GMT)

I can't help but feel this blog has gone over some of the blogger's heads somewhat.

Posted by R Green on (June 8, 2009, 11:41 GMT)

How wonderful that the tournament started off with a gentlemen v players game; not seen at Lords since 1962.

Posted by Adway on (June 8, 2009, 10:17 GMT)

Congrats Andy! For making the first page!

Posted by Balaji on (June 8, 2009, 10:10 GMT)

"Nevertheless, it is exciting that, with the first game completed, the World Twenty20 is finally underway." Funny! So this match even though England were caught napping with their nappies visible, wasnt even worth a mention?

Posted by Moemz on (June 8, 2009, 10:07 GMT)

I cant believe how literate some of these readers are. Come on folks... its called SARCASM!!!

Posted by hedayat esmat on (June 8, 2009, 8:58 GMT)

hi all kiven peterson bat real well and about chris broud ball very well agisnst pakistan

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Andy Zaltzman
Andy Zaltzman was born in obscurity in 1974. He has been a sporadically-acclaimed stand-up comedian since 1999, and has appeared regularly on BBC Radio 4. He is currently one half of TimesOnline's hit satirical podcast The Bugle, alongside John Oliver. Zaltzman's love of cricket outshone his aptitude for the game by a humiliating margin. He once scored 6 in 75 minutes in an Under-15 match, and failed to hit a six between the ages of 9 and 23. He would have been ideally suited to Tests, had not a congenital defect left him unable to play the game to anything above genuine village standard. He writes the Confectionery Stall blog on Cricinfo.

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