World Twenty20 2012 September 14, 2012

Previously at the World T20

People like the World Twenty20. It's short, no one cares much, there will be another one soon, and Afghanistan plays in it

People like the World Twenty20. It's short, no one cares much, there will be another one soon, and Afghanistan plays in it. It's also the only tournament Australia have not won, which helps.

It's been two years since the last ICC World T20, and in short attention spans of T20 fans, that's like forever. So to recap…

Season 1 - The Pilot: Or how India learned to stop the moaning and love the T20

Some people laughed at the fact the word "cup" had been left off the title. Teams headed to South Africa, Australia turned up late and disinterested, India sent a second XI and England put all their hopes on things called Snape and Schofield.

Chris Gayle opened the tournament with many sixes, and in much the same style he plays in all forms of cricket. Umar Gul and Stuart Clark (yes, the tournament was that long ago) took heaps of wickets. Paul Collingwood got in trouble for playing the lap, off the field.

No one knew enough about Stuart Broad to hate him or not, but they all still laughed at him when Yuvraj Singh tossed him out the ground six times in an over.

India and Pakistan met in the final, where right in front of our eyes Misbah-Ul-Haq invented the IPL with one foul scoop. Shoaib Malik thanked every single Muslim in the world, even the Indian ones. MS Dhoni said nothing that interesting, he just produced on the field. India, superpower.

Season 2 - The Lord Afridi

The World T20, still not a cup, made its way to England.

Zimbabwe pulled out of the tournament after Robert Mugabe refused to admit that T20 was also a gentlemen's game.

England delighted pretty much everyone by losing the opening game to a Dutch team inspired by the might of Dirk Nannes' beard and Stuart Broad's "fielding".

Australia were the next to bring everyone joy by kicking out Andrew Symonds and then getting kicked out themselves. Ireland made the second round, Bangladesh did not. Graeme Napier got a tracksuit.

Angelo Mathews defeated West Indies in one over. Umar Gul hit the stumps more than the guy with the rubber mallets who puts them in the ground. No one had any idea what Ajantha Mendis was doing.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's dilscoop played Shahid Afridi in the final, and Shahid Afridi won.

Shahid Afridi posed, posed, moved his head like an excitable puppy, and then posed some more. This was Shahid Afridi's time. People around the world raced to eBay to buy bootleg Pakistani shorts to replace their '92 World Cup ones.

Season 3 - England win something

Shahid Afridi's time didn't last long; the next tournament was within months, not years, of the previous one. The ICC milked violently at the World T20's teat as no one at all gave a damn about the Champions Trophy that had been cancelled.

The West Indies were the venue, this time with a soundtrack. The feel-good hit of the summer was Afghanistan playing in the tournament. Hamid Hassan was one of the quickest bowlers in the tournament and boy did he wear that headband.

For the first time Australia took the T20s seriously. They sent Dirk Nannes, who led all-comers in wickets and cool manly beards. Dirk was the face of T20 cricket, unkempt, masculine and sexually alluring in one-over spells.

The Mendis bubble burst when even the Australian batsman could work him out. India players were trapped in a nightmare of never-ending T20 tournaments, somehow managing to fit four of them into about 12 months. Stuart Broad's tournament was mostly okay. Mike Hussey broke the hearts of all Pakistanis and snapped the spine of Saeed Ajmal with an innings of pure thievery.

The ghosts of cricket's past met in the final, England v Australia. KP played a fine team innings to completely demolish a limp Australian team who kept waiting for Mike Hussey to save them. 2010 was the year of the Yardy.

After many years of inventing tournaments and staging them every second week, the ICC had done what its original purpose was: to create a tournament that England could win. Although, because of naming issues, England have still never won a World Cup.

Women's World T20

Season 1

New Zealand were the runners-up.

Season 2 New Zealand were the runners-up.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for

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  • testli5504537 on September 18, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Great article. Hilarious. "Misbah-Ul-Haq invented the IPL with one foul scoop" So true.

  • testli5504537 on September 16, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    This is my first comment on this site and I would like to say that the author has written this World T20 history in a brilliant and exceptionally humorous style. Wow! After ages, I laughed this much. The best part was Misbah inventing the IPL with that scoop and Afridi's puppy-style head moves... Awesome work mate, keep it up! =D

  • testli5504537 on September 16, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    it was a nice article. and the thing is that only championship that australia didnt won, its not going to happen this time toooo.

  • testli5504537 on September 16, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    T20 cricket is almost entirely unmemorable to me. I can think of maybe three or four matches which have actually stuck around in my head after watching.

    It's a nothing game.

  • testli5504537 on September 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Very amusing piece! Good work! Thank you for crediting Misbah for inspiring the creation of IPL! LOL!

    @Monish Mohtaj: Ignore!

  • testli5504537 on September 15, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Well Angelo Mathews took three wickets of the west indies in the first over, including the dangerous gayle and that is why it is written that he defeated the west indies in one over.

  • testli5504537 on September 15, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    If not i am the only one viewing it....the picture in the article(misbah's foul shot) with caption "The shot that led to several international retirements" LOOL!...and article is hilarious.....sums up the way international 20-20 has been since the past 5 years with humor like never before!loved it..

  • testli5504537 on September 15, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    This is one of the most hilarious articles I have read here in cricinfo. Great one. :D

  • testli5504537 on September 15, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    That's really funny, sweet & quotable summary of 3 T20s. (no cups) Although frankly speaking, i am not interested in T20-2012. Looking forward to IND-ENG & AUS-SA series in November

  • testli5504537 on September 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    amazingly entertaining read,pun definitely intended,awesome

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