ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 29, 2010

An opportunity in upheaval

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Love it or hate it you can't get away from it. No sooner has a six-week IPL concluded in Mumbai - amid huge controversy - that another Twenty20 tournament begins on the other side of world in the Caribbean. The events of the last few weeks in India have swept cricket to the sidelines. The game needs a sparkling tournament in West Indies and, most importantly, a clean and controversy-free event.

Although the two tournaments are very different, it is hardly ideal to have so much cricket of one format in the same period, let alone another World Twenty20 less than a year after the last one in England which Pakistan memorably won at Lord's. However, ICC are trying to get their events schedule back on track, so the trophy is up for grabs again less than a year after it was collected by the now-retired (and suspended) Younis Khan. A lot has happened in nine months.

One advantage of Twenty20 rolling into Twenty20 is that many of the players will be attuned to the format. The preparation factor, though, needs to be balanced against the fatigue factor and possible injuries. Already the tournament is missing Virender Sehwag, Wayne Parnell and Brett Lee through injury. The latter's withdrawal is not a huge surprise, but the absence of Sehwag and Parnell robs the event of two matchwinners. They could have been injured without the IPL, but the timing doesn't help.

And not all the players at the IPL who are now here in the West Indies have been active over the last two months. Eoin Morgan and AB de Villiers were two of the notable stars to be benched by their franchises which just goes to show how pre-tournament status can quickly count for nothing. Morgan's situation in particular shows the problems that can occur: he went to the IPL in the form of his life, but hasn't picked up a bat since March 25. Then there are the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Dwayne Bravo; players who had a forgettable IPL but will be crucial to their team's chances in this tournament

The IPL also highlights another dilemma for Twenty20 cricket. It is played so extensively at domestic level, but sparsely on the international scene. New Zealand's seven matches are the most played by a team since the end of last year's World Twenty20. The Associate teams play it as frequently as anyone with both Afghanistan and Ireland having had six matches apiece. At the other, India and South Africa have played just two since June 2009.

It makes it hard to formulate plans and work out tactics when matches are played so infrequently. Some commentators believe Twenty20 should be purely a domestic event, but ICC have committed to spreading it internationally and there is much merit in doing so. The obvious solution would be to trim the number of ODIs to accommodate more T20s (how about three of each on most tours?) but this would need a global commitment and ODI cricket is still favoured by boards.

The pre-tournament hype has sounded promising - fewer restrictions on what can be brought into grounds and fair pricing top of the list - but as ever the real test will be when the action begins

Despite the imbalance, in the short history of international Twenty20 the two events, in South Africa and England, have been a resounding success both from a point of view of the cricket on display and the response from the public. The inaugural tournament in 2007 was the tonic the game needed after an awful 50-over World Cup in the Caribbean which managed to completely forget the roots of the game in the region. Instead of a vibrant, colourful, joyous event we had a sanitised, dull and, ultimately, farcical seven weeks.

For that reason alone this World Twenty20 is vitally important and everyone has their fingers crossed that ICC have learnt from their mistakes of three years ago. The pre-tournament hype has sounded promising - fewer restrictions on what can be brought into grounds and fair pricing top of the list - but as ever the real test will be when the action begins.

The notorious unpredictability of Twenty20 makes it almost futile to suggest a favourite (who would ever have imagined Zimbabwe beating Australia or Netherlands embarrassing England) and that is one of the factors that makes for a compelling event. Coupled with it being played over an 17-day period and it is a perfect formula. It's no surprise that the recent events to come out with most praise have been the World Twenty20 and last year's Champions Trophy in South Africa. Quality not quantity.

There should be some fascinating tales to emerge over the next couple of weeks. Afghanistan's fairytale success has already become the stuff of legend and although it's safe to say this is a tournament they won't win, their passion and pride alone means millions of eyes will be on them against South Africa and India.

There's also Bangladesh, for who Twenty20 is perfectly suited to develop on the international stage, and Zimbabwe who can show that they are on the way back up (in cricket terms, at least) having hit rock bottom. Australia have yet to dominate the shortest format as they have all others, but signs are that could change with the emergence of David Warner and maturity of Cameron White.

Don't forget the hosts, either, because any team that includes Chris Gayle, Bravo and Kieron Pollard can be a fearsome Twenty20 outfit. How brilliant it would be for them to perform in front of a home audience.

And then there are the defending champions. What is to be made of Pakistan in the current state? If it was any other team such a chaotic build-up would virtually rule out success, but with Pakistan the case is never so cut and dried. Crucially their bowling resources have remained largely intact which means Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi can have a major influence on the tournament.

Any of the top eight nations can win the tournament - even perennial nearly-men New Zealand or regular under-achievers England if things go their way - but what has been shown in Twenty20 is that there is nothing gained from taking a backward step. A moment of indecision or negativity can prove costly. Whoever comes out on top on May 16, let's hope that it's on the field exploits that have dominated and that the Caribbean has staged a true carnival.

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • NikhilPapad3 on May 1, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    i have a feeling new zealand is gonna take it out this year

  • greeny69 on May 1, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    forget ipl this is the real deal nothing beats international cricket the ipl is to long and boeing for me

  • ironmurph on April 30, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Funny though, Pakistan may have come off a pretty average season and India is missing a full line up of bowlers so I don't rate either them currently against the stronger teams of South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand especially in this format on these pitches

  • on April 30, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Inshallah India will win. Pakistan zindabad.

  • cricdick on April 30, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    It is a shame that some instead of talking abt.T20 world cup in real sportsman spirit, are spewing hatrade. Forget IPL, it is another matter, a successful event,which i as an outsider regularly watch. I dont know much about why Pakistanis were left out, but I think becoz they misbehave and that big terror attack people of India did not likie them. Otherwise they were also playing well and making fun iand money in India. So let us forget that. Let us focuss on T20 worldbup carribian style. By the way, mark my word, Pakistan players are more than eager to play in India's IPL.Inspite of corruption, IPL is the biggest service to INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.

  • h339 on April 30, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    "The notorious unpredictability of Twenty20 makes it almost futile to suggest a favourite and that is one of the factors that makes for a compelling event."

    Flipping a coin is also notoriously unpredictable. Do you find that compelling too?

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on April 29, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Lets not forget that Bangladesh is due for a performance and the players that they have who the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, etc all owes all of us Bangladeshis a show of their lives. One thing I know so far is that BD is unpredictable, but if they click on the day, then they will beat any team willy-nilly! Pakistan and India looks good, they are well known for having all the big hitters no matter what this Mcglashan bloke says. England should progress to atleast the semis according to the way that they have been performing lately and they are very good. All the best to every team.

  • svrfremont on April 29, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    There is no use cribbing about IPL. IPL is all about local market. IPL would not have been *as* successful outside of India. The potenial of 1.5 billion consumers is the one that drives things like IPL. So anybody out there cribbing just shut up. As far as this article goes I dont think anybody should worry about those not present. This is a short slam bang format ; people come and people go. The entertainment value is what drives this game. Let us enjoy the game in the next couple of weeks. That's it.

  • DrAtharAbbas on April 29, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    One has to analyze one more point raised in the article. "The notorious unpredictability of the Twenty20..." I think that a team named "Pakistan" was in the final of the first worldcup only to lose on the penultimate ball. The same team was again in the final and won it comprehensively in the next one. Doesn't it show who is strong and wins. It cannot be termed as random It is obvios who wins. If England loses to Holland or Australia loses to Zimbabwe, one should accept that these two teams are not so good in T20 format.Conversely if Pakistan once lost to Ireland in an ODI world cup or Australia lost to Zimbabwe, ODI may be random too. Contrary to ODI or test match, T20 cannot be won by the heroics of one bowler. He has only 24 deliveries. 5 very fast bowlers can similary be no good in this format. One has to keep eyes open and see 5 absolutely different bowlers, each a match winner, bowling for Pakistan. Abundance of allrounders, strong hitters is unmatched. So obvious who wins

  • knowledge_eater on April 29, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Sorry Andrew McGlashan, T20 and IPL will continue to suffer in outside the ground talk ergo Genius Journalism in Australia and England. So, I hope no subcontinent team wins the tournament this time, otherwise T20 will continue to suffer in Cricket Talks. Am I right or right Mr. Andrew :wink ? So, for the love of Cricket and cricket progress, I hope Poms or Oz win the cup otherwise no matter what ICC will do, it will continue to suffer in Cricket Talks. And I also must say that ODI talks behind the doors will also continue to suffer, if Poms don't win 2011 ODI world cup in subcontinent. Am I right or not right Mr. Andrew? So, GO Poms and GO Oz give something to talk about to "Genius Journalists".

  • NikhilPapad3 on May 1, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    i have a feeling new zealand is gonna take it out this year

  • greeny69 on May 1, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    forget ipl this is the real deal nothing beats international cricket the ipl is to long and boeing for me

  • ironmurph on April 30, 2010, 22:51 GMT

    Funny though, Pakistan may have come off a pretty average season and India is missing a full line up of bowlers so I don't rate either them currently against the stronger teams of South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand especially in this format on these pitches

  • on April 30, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Inshallah India will win. Pakistan zindabad.

  • cricdick on April 30, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    It is a shame that some instead of talking abt.T20 world cup in real sportsman spirit, are spewing hatrade. Forget IPL, it is another matter, a successful event,which i as an outsider regularly watch. I dont know much about why Pakistanis were left out, but I think becoz they misbehave and that big terror attack people of India did not likie them. Otherwise they were also playing well and making fun iand money in India. So let us forget that. Let us focuss on T20 worldbup carribian style. By the way, mark my word, Pakistan players are more than eager to play in India's IPL.Inspite of corruption, IPL is the biggest service to INTERNATIONAL CRICKET.

  • h339 on April 30, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    "The notorious unpredictability of Twenty20 makes it almost futile to suggest a favourite and that is one of the factors that makes for a compelling event."

    Flipping a coin is also notoriously unpredictable. Do you find that compelling too?

  • Bengali-Tiger007 on April 29, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Lets not forget that Bangladesh is due for a performance and the players that they have who the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib, etc all owes all of us Bangladeshis a show of their lives. One thing I know so far is that BD is unpredictable, but if they click on the day, then they will beat any team willy-nilly! Pakistan and India looks good, they are well known for having all the big hitters no matter what this Mcglashan bloke says. England should progress to atleast the semis according to the way that they have been performing lately and they are very good. All the best to every team.

  • svrfremont on April 29, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    There is no use cribbing about IPL. IPL is all about local market. IPL would not have been *as* successful outside of India. The potenial of 1.5 billion consumers is the one that drives things like IPL. So anybody out there cribbing just shut up. As far as this article goes I dont think anybody should worry about those not present. This is a short slam bang format ; people come and people go. The entertainment value is what drives this game. Let us enjoy the game in the next couple of weeks. That's it.

  • DrAtharAbbas on April 29, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    One has to analyze one more point raised in the article. "The notorious unpredictability of the Twenty20..." I think that a team named "Pakistan" was in the final of the first worldcup only to lose on the penultimate ball. The same team was again in the final and won it comprehensively in the next one. Doesn't it show who is strong and wins. It cannot be termed as random It is obvios who wins. If England loses to Holland or Australia loses to Zimbabwe, one should accept that these two teams are not so good in T20 format.Conversely if Pakistan once lost to Ireland in an ODI world cup or Australia lost to Zimbabwe, ODI may be random too. Contrary to ODI or test match, T20 cannot be won by the heroics of one bowler. He has only 24 deliveries. 5 very fast bowlers can similary be no good in this format. One has to keep eyes open and see 5 absolutely different bowlers, each a match winner, bowling for Pakistan. Abundance of allrounders, strong hitters is unmatched. So obvious who wins

  • knowledge_eater on April 29, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Sorry Andrew McGlashan, T20 and IPL will continue to suffer in outside the ground talk ergo Genius Journalism in Australia and England. So, I hope no subcontinent team wins the tournament this time, otherwise T20 will continue to suffer in Cricket Talks. Am I right or right Mr. Andrew :wink ? So, for the love of Cricket and cricket progress, I hope Poms or Oz win the cup otherwise no matter what ICC will do, it will continue to suffer in Cricket Talks. And I also must say that ODI talks behind the doors will also continue to suffer, if Poms don't win 2011 ODI world cup in subcontinent. Am I right or not right Mr. Andrew? So, GO Poms and GO Oz give something to talk about to "Genius Journalists".

  • BuraqShah on April 29, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    @Thomas Cherian . Incase u r a novice in cricket world for ur facts pakistan played both the finals of t20 world cup and won one of them and are current world t20 champions as far ipl its a domestic tournament where inclusion of pakistan wont make any difference to pakistan as a time but exclusion wont harm pakistan either. and as far as ipl and pakistani players when pakistani players did play in ipl they were among top performers in fact most pakistani fans r happy that they r no more playing for indian franchises infact afridi went on to play australian t20 which is much superior to indian leauge when it comes to standerds and red backs only had praise for his role in uplifting their team so its not about grapes mate as for us it was never about iplforsake of ipl it was about a pakistani going to india and shining in india and steeling their show at their cost which we did successfully in both IPL and ICL but indias ran away as usual like the did form sharja

  • ubaidkhan007 on April 29, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    well whoever thinks the IPL makes teams practice for the world T20 was proved wrong when pakistanis showed what they are capable of in last edition. Furthermore, players cannot blame IPL for injuries and fatigue, like the indian coach said last year. let it be sehwag or anyone else .they played IPL with their personal choice . And World T20 is a big event and scenario is different here you play for your country and not club. T20 is just the right source of entertainment and should be promoted more.would love to see to see associated teams playing in semis especially passionate afghanistan saturdays game will be a deicider hope so !

  • zeesh1986 on April 29, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I don't know why every ICC tournament these days has a lot riding on it. The champions trophy actually did, but not this tournament. Both the last 2 tournaments have been a success (much to my dislike as it will eventually affect 50 over cricket, but it was inevitable). So how can a tournament that is yet to fail have a lot riding on it. Whatever happened in the IPL does not affect world cricket. It is a domestic tournament! Stop giving it such importance! Also i know the last 50 over world cup in the west indies was a disaster, but that was a different format. You can't compare the two. T20 has proved to be a success wherever it has been rolled out. I can not agree with your statement of there being a lot riding on this tournament!

  • on April 29, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Inshallah! India will win it as most of the players in the squad of performed well in 2 month long IPL3. Come on blues, just do it again!!!

  • skuller on April 29, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    mrhash11 b4 u go band bang on Andrew go thru the news first. Umar Gul is injured and out of the tournament.

    @paklegend..Pakistan will not win again as they arent the only team with spinners or players who know how to play spin..never discount Srilanka and Australia

  • Mempion on April 29, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    To My Pakistani brothers, I am a Pakistani and feeling embarrassed to read your comments about the writer being partial. Andrew McGlashan is a big name and he is definitely a noble and impartial writer. Please first read carefully what is written, understand what the writer meant to say and then comment accordingly. The writer was clearly referring to those injured players who participated in the IPL and the point he was trying to make that the timing of two events (IPL and T20 world cup) should not be so closed to each other that we miss some of the match winners in action because of that. Umar Gul never participated in the IPL, but Sehwag and Parnell did. Here is what he wrote, "...... the absence of Sehwag and Parnell robs the event of two matchwinners. They could have been injured without the IPL, but the timing doesn't help." Hopefully, you will take that positively and sure all cricket lovers including the writer will miss Umar Gul. But I am still hopeful that Pakistan will win.

  • BALA_BAS on April 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    When ever the alphabets I P L are together, the IPL bashers jumps in and shouting against IPL(irrespective of the actual content of the article). If you hate IPL that much, why you bother yourself and follow IPL and related news. The truth is IPL has more than enough local followers and needs no support from outside. If you like IPL, you are welcome to enjoy the fun and if you have talent even try to participate. If not, nobody is crying for your support. Have you ever seen IPL /Indian fans crying about any other country's domestic leagues?? Please leave the IPL to the IPL fans and just focus on what you like.

  • on April 29, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Its funny that the only team left out of this analysis is Sri lanka.. whats with you Cricinfo? got something against the Islanders?

  • sawn on April 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Tigers roar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pakistan vs BD will be a gr8 one i guess we play the same kind of game.Hope both BD & Pak shall beat Aussies and go to the next stage!!!!!!! JOY BANGLA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    admshafi and other Pak fans-I am sorry Pakistani cricketers were not selected for INdian leagues but please stop bad mouthing it. It looks like a case of sour grapes and all that

  • Wise-Guy on April 29, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    @hollandindian: True, the article is mainly about the worldcup but the author has specifically pointed out T20 Match winners, excluding arguibly the best T20 International Match winner in the game. Hence, understandibly there is a lot of outburst from the avid cricket supporters!

  • andrew.henshaw on April 29, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Hamid and others - Andrew was referring to players that incurred injuries during the IPL - Umar Gul was not in the IPL.

  • KARTHIK...KILLERS on April 29, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Umar Gul is injured and is not playin!!! tats y he is nt being mentioned!!!

  • anuragaryan on April 29, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    @admshafi u ppl just hv to speak smthng..IPL is for fun but at the same time very competitive..if u dnt like it dnt watch it..simple..dnt make stupid comments. I love it because it is Indian.

  • mcheckley on April 29, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Mainstream cricket missed a huge trick with 20 / 20. People (not all of them traditional cricket fans) want to watch a limited amount of this version of the game, but they want to see it played between the best players in the world, not be presented with a saturation diet of mediocrity. The best arena for that is INTERNATIONALLY. With the length of the games, youcan have two games on one ground in a day; a World Cup tournament can be done within two weeks. If the mainstream had the vision to hold an ANNUAL 20 / 20 World Cup, the benefits would be vast. The ICC would control the calendaring, so there would be no clash with the FTP. The MONEY generated would benefit the game at large. Instead they have allowed pure businessmen / money-makers to hi-jack the potential of this version. National loyalties are far stronger than "artificial" loyalties to private franchises; with an annual World Cup to anticipate, the marketplace for private leagues would be effectively eliminated.

  • on April 29, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Some guys have lot of lot of problem with BCCI and IPL.IPL is local indian league and there are enough people in india to watch and appreciate this format. Pakistan is no doubt a very good T20 team. And for afganis lets see it on saturday..yuvraj and Dhoni will show you the class...

  • akkyagrawal on April 29, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    seriously guys!!! why should Umar Gul's name be there??? The writer clearly mentions those names as a disadvantage of T20 tournaments rolling into another T20 tournament... and as we all know Umar Gul didnot sustain injury while playing in IPL... and yes Umar Gul is a great bowler who will be badly missed in the tournament!!!

  • mrhash11 on April 29, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Seriously where is Umar Gul who has been a star in both the previous editions of this tournament? Not that his absence in the above article reduces his calibre or excludes him from the "Matchwinners" category but please Andrew Mcglashan is a big name on Cricinfo and this is disappointing

  • paklegend on April 29, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan will win again... inshaallah They have the spinners and they have had extreme training sessions after the bad Aus tour. The won last time in a bad situation and they'll do it again!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Yes Hamid ,Gul is the best bowler in T20, The writer has perpously not mentioned his abscense

  • DE-BEST-XI on April 29, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I am sure this time non-subcon team will win T-20.. With Polard in their ranks WI have pretty strong chance

  • YorkshirePudding on April 29, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    If the ICC want to expand cricket, surely a formula around the Soccer world cup with 32 countries taking part is a better solution than the current offering, with the competiotn being held every 4 years like the ODI world cup, and offset by 2 years from the ODI world cup, so you would have 2011 ODI WC, 2013 T20 WC etc.

  • mgisiddiqui on April 29, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    i think its not really appreciatable for the encouragment of the New Nations like Wartorn nation Afghanistan who are giving their best and doing their hardwork to compete the Cricket nations and to enter the cricket world. I am saying this because i got a very arrogant comments passed by the Professional Columnist in Cricinfo today and it really hurts as it states that ''Afghanistan's fairytale success has already become the stuff of legend and although it's safe to say this is a tournament they won't win, their passion and pride alone means millions of eyes will be on them against South Africa and India.'' WHY IT STATES THAT AFGHANS WON'T WIIN - THEY WILL WIN INSHALLAH AND THE TIME WILL PROOF IT and through cricinfo its my humble request not to pass any comments without having full information as it leads to wrong idea and wrong information. Thank you.

  • on April 29, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    how can u forget Umar Gul?

  • hollandindian on April 29, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    @himad Why should he have mentioned gul. This article is about the world cup, the teams and their chances. There is no gul so why should he mention his name?

  • Vowel on April 29, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    I second Himad's thoughts. =/

  • admshafi on April 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I love international cricket specially world cup,i hate club cricket like ipl where money,politics,match fixing are main,just desgusting!!!

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    very much interesting that u have not mention Umar Gul. the hero of the previouss two editions.

  • anoopsy on April 29, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    I find it infinitely funny to see the line "regular under-achievers England". England??Under-achievers?? With the teams thye've had for the past 20 years?? Thats funny... an average side.. achieving what they could.. especially on account of their derision of the shorter forms.

  • admshafi on April 29, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Probably he is paid from ipl or bcci,who know!

  • abid85 on April 29, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Three Asian teams managed to reach finals in both T20 world cups..Pakistan (twice), India and Sri lanka (once)...this shows how well this particular format suits them. But this time around i have got a strange feeling about the Aussies..tait, nannes and johnson in one team..WOW...this trio is capable of bowling at 150+Km/h consistently..but carribean pitches are well suited for spinners so i think people like afridi, ajmal and bhajji are gonna rock for sure. If Pakistan repeats the same class they showed in the previous two world cups, then i personally think they will reach final with an ease. Batting and fielding must click if they really want to reach final.

  • Himad on April 29, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I don't know if it was intentional on your part (for reason that should be known to you) as you didn't mention Umar Gul's name as a star who will be dearly missed over the next couple of weeks. Isn't he the best T20 bowler? Now don't tell me you think it's Parnel?

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  • Himad on April 29, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I don't know if it was intentional on your part (for reason that should be known to you) as you didn't mention Umar Gul's name as a star who will be dearly missed over the next couple of weeks. Isn't he the best T20 bowler? Now don't tell me you think it's Parnel?

  • abid85 on April 29, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Three Asian teams managed to reach finals in both T20 world cups..Pakistan (twice), India and Sri lanka (once)...this shows how well this particular format suits them. But this time around i have got a strange feeling about the Aussies..tait, nannes and johnson in one team..WOW...this trio is capable of bowling at 150+Km/h consistently..but carribean pitches are well suited for spinners so i think people like afridi, ajmal and bhajji are gonna rock for sure. If Pakistan repeats the same class they showed in the previous two world cups, then i personally think they will reach final with an ease. Batting and fielding must click if they really want to reach final.

  • admshafi on April 29, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Probably he is paid from ipl or bcci,who know!

  • anoopsy on April 29, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    I find it infinitely funny to see the line "regular under-achievers England". England??Under-achievers?? With the teams thye've had for the past 20 years?? Thats funny... an average side.. achieving what they could.. especially on account of their derision of the shorter forms.

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    very much interesting that u have not mention Umar Gul. the hero of the previouss two editions.

  • admshafi on April 29, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I love international cricket specially world cup,i hate club cricket like ipl where money,politics,match fixing are main,just desgusting!!!

  • Vowel on April 29, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    I second Himad's thoughts. =/

  • hollandindian on April 29, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    @himad Why should he have mentioned gul. This article is about the world cup, the teams and their chances. There is no gul so why should he mention his name?

  • on April 29, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    how can u forget Umar Gul?

  • mgisiddiqui on April 29, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    i think its not really appreciatable for the encouragment of the New Nations like Wartorn nation Afghanistan who are giving their best and doing their hardwork to compete the Cricket nations and to enter the cricket world. I am saying this because i got a very arrogant comments passed by the Professional Columnist in Cricinfo today and it really hurts as it states that ''Afghanistan's fairytale success has already become the stuff of legend and although it's safe to say this is a tournament they won't win, their passion and pride alone means millions of eyes will be on them against South Africa and India.'' WHY IT STATES THAT AFGHANS WON'T WIIN - THEY WILL WIN INSHALLAH AND THE TIME WILL PROOF IT and through cricinfo its my humble request not to pass any comments without having full information as it leads to wrong idea and wrong information. Thank you.