World Twenty20 2012 September 14, 2012

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

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

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

  • Ahmad Mobeen 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

  • gowrisankar 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.

  • Chris 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.

  • Freddie 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!

  • Sunil Joseph 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.

  • SomeCricketLover 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..

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

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

  • Kaustubh 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

  • supratim saha on September 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    amazingly entertaining read,pun definitely intended,awesome

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

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

  • Ahmad Mobeen 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

  • gowrisankar 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.

  • Chris 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.

  • Freddie 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!

  • Sunil Joseph 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.

  • SomeCricketLover 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..

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

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

  • Kaustubh 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

  • supratim saha on September 15, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    amazingly entertaining read,pun definitely intended,awesome

  • Ajay Kakkar on September 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    2012 T-20 world cup win South Africa

  • kris on September 15, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    IPL was launched one or two days before the world T20 by the players who were not part of the World cup team.But the team winning the WT20 increased T20 as a marketable product.

  • Hafiz on September 15, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Haha, yeh, I still remember Malik thanking "ALL" the muslims in the world.

    Funny article.

  • Fahad on September 14, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHA @ Women's wordlt20 recap.. much more hilarious than anything on Page 2 lately..

  • Saurabh on September 14, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    'ICC had done what its original purpose was: to create a tournament that England could win' Funny. Smartly Written

  • Farrukh Aziz on September 14, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    hahahaha @ the Women's World T20 summaries :p

    Also nice about Windies tourney with a soundtrack this time :p 2007 "World Cup" was horrible.

  • Mohit on September 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    "Shoaib Malik thanked every single Muslim in the world, even the Indian ones." LOL, nice understanding and commentary on culture in the Indian subcontinent.

  • SK on September 14, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Hilarious article - especially where it speaks to Misbha inventing IPL and ICC creating a tournamnet that England could win...can't stop laughing.

  • Anonymous on September 14, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Hilarious article - especially where it speaks to Misbha inventing IPL and ICC creating a tournamnet that England could win...can't stop laughing.

  • Michael on September 14, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    "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." -- Hahaha, brilliant.

  • Aniruddha on September 14, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    WOW. One of the most hilarious in Cricinfo ever read. Even beats Zaltzman.

  • KJ on September 14, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    This is by far the best ever write up on cricket in any class. I've read it twice and I can't stop laughing. No one can write better then this not even you again, my reverse initials.

  • Rizwan Rizvi on September 14, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Thank you so much for such an entertaining article. Your intelligent way presenting sarcasm mixed with humor is delightful. I had a good time reading this. Keep up the good work.Most importantly i loved the caption on the Misbah image, thats what invented the IPL for sure.

  • Zohaib on September 14, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Hahaha. That was really good. You finally wrote something funny. Well done Kimber. Respect.

  • Azam Farooqui on September 14, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    "Shoaib Malik thanked every single Muslim in the world, even the Indian ones". Now we know why, he married one!

  • M Tazim tareque on September 14, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Wonderful article....enjoyed every bit of it..specially Misbah invented IPL part!!lol

  • Aryan on September 14, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Awesome.....funny article

  • Murtaza on September 14, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Brilliant!

  • D Bhattacharya on September 14, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Apt, short, funny= Well written. I can see the hackles of all the English posters rising at the definition of ICCs main purpose; Jarrod, better get ready for some "KP aftermath love-hate sccenario" fuelled protests from the former group. But yes, Afghanistan, scoops, weird deliveries,good fielding ( even from India, much to Nasser's disappointment) and hits from Messrs Dhoni, Butler, Warner and Suresh Pereira that threaten to send the ball into the next t20 WC, never mind next week; whats not to love? Not to mention Tony Greig's little not so subtle promos of SL tourism and Emirates rolled into his commentary, and David Lloyd tuk-tuks . Look forward to all that and more from Mr Kimber. Can't wait.

  • Mcswiss on September 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Excellent!

  • Monish Mohtaj on September 14, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    India won the first tournament (2007) and Pakistan followed to win it later as always in 2009. Indian won ODI in 1983 and Pakistan again followed example to win in 1992. Same with Benson and Hedges up ( now CB series). Indian won in 1985 and Pakistan followed in 1990s sometime. India won first Asia cup and Pakistan followed to win it this year finally.India won inaugraul sharjah cup (Rothmans cup) again Pakistan followed. Good followers. No wonder they can follow India and win in Worldcup knockout matches with India becos that would be impossible to follow ;) since they will have to beat India and how can they follow that.

  • Hunky Dude on September 14, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Insanulous stuff worked out. Good job Kimber!

  • Ibrar on September 14, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    LAUGH MY SOCKS OFF!! quality

  • milan sahu on September 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    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.

  • Dev on September 14, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Spectacular! Hilarious! Made my day. Irreverence in all its glory. I am one of those grumps who manage a constipated smile at most 'funny articles' in the news, and I actually Laughed Out Loud. Super, mate. Keep it up. Your fan legion just found a new member.

  • Sherafgan on September 14, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Tillakaratne Dilshan’s dilscoop played Shahid Afridi in the final, and Shahid Afridi won. It was Mohammad Aamir who got dilshan when he played dilscoop and not Afridi...

  • immypower on September 14, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    LOL!!!! great stuff, almost choked on my tuna sandwich

  • Khurram Rehman on September 14, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Very well written account of the T20 short history. Liked it very much especially when Misbah created IPL by a scoop and afridi sgifted his head like na exciting puppy.

  • James on September 14, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Did Broad run over your cat? Seriously though I'm an England fan and he gets on my nerves.

  • ElBeeDubya on September 14, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Nice, Jarrod, nice. If India doesn't win the World T20 non-cup this year, how would the IPL fans who thought IPL played a key role in bringing the 2011 WC to India counter their detractors?

  • poopsie on September 14, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Stuart Broad. Funny

  • TimelessSteelFan_001 on September 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    The gist of it. Funny and factual. The continued linkage of Broad and New Zealand, even if it was in Women's T20 was enough to live it all over again. Kudos for the good read. Absolutely defeats the regular junk we have had to endure from Sunny G, Harsha B, Ravi S and the like.

  • NiX on September 14, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    ROFL... Fantastic article. Surprised that there are no comments here when even the crappiest ones do! Well-written! Hilarious!

  • khizer suleman on September 14, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Ive been a cricinfo viewer for ages and a daily visitor. Jarrod, your article is making me comment for the first time ever. Xcellent lool. Pretty much summed up the world of 2020 ! Great job, and you made me laugh so much lol .. 'things' called snape and schofield looool !!! Can you imagine if misbah had won the worldcup bak in 07! What would things be like in cricket.. Imagine what shoaib malik feels about this lool

  • Osama on September 14, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    hahaha!! so damn funny.. especially abt graham napier and ajantha mendis!!

  • Anupam on September 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Hilarious, fantastic.......

    India and Pakistan met in the final, where right in front of our eyes Misbah-Ul-Haq invented the IPL with one foul scoop.

  • Jay on September 14, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Awesome and hilarious.

  • me on September 14, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    very interesting and enjoyable

  • Prashant on September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Very entertaining piece.

  • Pradeep on September 14, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Very well done. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

  • GangaSagar on September 14, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Hillarious !! Especially Misbah invented IPL with his foul shot ..

  • Miloo on September 14, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    LMAO, It's so funny

  • Joshua on September 14, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Hi Jarrod,

    Keep it up man, fantastic....full of sarcassam and humor...great mate!

    Regards, Joshua

  • Shubham Gupta on September 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    How did Matthews defeated West Indies in one over? Women's T20 is the funniest part :)

  • Khan on September 14, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Nice memories. Some more to add here.

    2007 edition: Misbah, currently called Tuk Tuk, hit the longest six of the tournament, Yuvi's 70, Yuvi's 6 6s, Group match between Pak and India. 2009 edition: Gul's 5-for, Afridi's backward running catch, Younis Khan's statement of T20 being FUN CRICKET. 2010 edition: Salman Butt's strand against NZ, Clarke calling Hussey FREAK.

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  • Khan on September 14, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Nice memories. Some more to add here.

    2007 edition: Misbah, currently called Tuk Tuk, hit the longest six of the tournament, Yuvi's 70, Yuvi's 6 6s, Group match between Pak and India. 2009 edition: Gul's 5-for, Afridi's backward running catch, Younis Khan's statement of T20 being FUN CRICKET. 2010 edition: Salman Butt's strand against NZ, Clarke calling Hussey FREAK.

  • Shubham Gupta on September 14, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    How did Matthews defeated West Indies in one over? Women's T20 is the funniest part :)

  • Joshua on September 14, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Hi Jarrod,

    Keep it up man, fantastic....full of sarcassam and humor...great mate!

    Regards, Joshua

  • Miloo on September 14, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    LMAO, It's so funny

  • GangaSagar on September 14, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Hillarious !! Especially Misbah invented IPL with his foul shot ..

  • Pradeep on September 14, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Very well done. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

  • Prashant on September 14, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Very entertaining piece.

  • me on September 14, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    very interesting and enjoyable

  • Jay on September 14, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Awesome and hilarious.

  • Anupam on September 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Hilarious, fantastic.......

    India and Pakistan met in the final, where right in front of our eyes Misbah-Ul-Haq invented the IPL with one foul scoop.