Twenty 20 Cricket ….. Explained

So, you know a little about Test Cricket. No good. Forget everything you know.

Wait a minute. You understand a few things about Sheffield Shield or English County Cricket. Even worse. No use whatsoever!

You’ve watched every Cricket World Cup and Australian International Limited Overs matches since 1987. Well, closer but still not there.

Twenty 20 Cricket (T20) is principally about money. Lots of it. And batting. Lots of it. Lots of both. And coloured clothing, with as many sponsors logos on the uniform as possible. The coloured clothing is the ONE THING that connects T20 cricket to Limited Overs cricket. There are no other similarities. The names on the back of the shirts for T20 are usually nicknames. It is only a matter of time before nicknames and sponsors names merge in the ultimate sponsorship immersion. Instead of Mr Cricket and KFC it will become Mr K.F.C.ricket. Or instead of Punter and Ford it will be Blue Oval Punter. All for a fee of course.

Or perhaps T20 could be described as follows:

One side is in and one side is out. Both sides are on – on air that is – there will be a consistent dribble of drivel between commentators, batsmen, bowlers and the interview guy on the sidelines. Everyone is on the air.

Anyway, the side that is out tries to get out the batsmen from the side that is in. No they don’t. The side that is out in the field just tries to avoid the missiles that the batsmen send back after the bowler bowls the said missile to them. The batsman’s job is actually to launch the missile over the fence of the cricket ground and to hit a designated sign for additional monetary reward. Ker-ching! The batsmen can do this because they are holding about four kilos of sculpted willow in their hands while the poor bowler only has the use of his own limbs!

The side that is in is only in for twenty overs unless of course the side that is out gets all the side that is in out before the twenty overs is up. But of course any side that is in that gets out in less than twenty overs is…in rather a bad way.

An exception to the twenty overs of being in also occurs if it rains! As the entire match is limited to three and a half hours there is little tolerance to add on additional time at the end of the evening. The solution? T20 at a minimum becomes the best of five overs a side. Five overs??? So now T20 becomes F5. For that length of game they may as well avoid the inconvenience of having to hire a stadium and simply play the match with a tennis ball and any old timber stick out in the car park, or at the beach or in the driveway at someone’s home.

T20 though is IMPORTANT. After all the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been running since 2008, employs both up and coming and near retirement cricketers from around the world in a competition where the privately owned teams have no allegiance to a county, a state , a province or a country. They all however do have allegiance to the US dollar but only in denominations of more than a million dollars.

And that is T20, on the days that it is not F5, explained!


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