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T20 World Cup 2012 Sri Lanka [ ICC World Twenty20 2012 ]

T20 World Cup 2012 Sri Lanka [ ICC World Twenty20 2012 ]

ICC World Twenty20 is the international championship of Twenty20 Cricket. It is commonly abridged as T20 cricket. As the name suggests, the game is organized by ICC (International Cricket Council), the governing body of cricket in the world. The 2012 ICC World Twenty20 will be the fourth ICC World Twenty20 competition. The international Twenty20 cricket tournament is scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka between September 18 and October 7, 2012. T20 World Cup 2012 will be the first World Twenty20 tournament held in an Asian country, the last three being held in South Africa, England and the West Indies respectively.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Venue:

Mahinda Rajapaksha, International Stadium, Hambantota; Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy; R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

"Following the success of the recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, I am confident that the hosts, Sri Lanka, will deliver a world-class event." - International Cricket Council’s [ICC] chief executive Haroon Lorgat

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Starting date and ending date:

Monday, September 10, 2012

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Venue distances from CMB Colombo Banadaranayake Int'l Airport

CMB to Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium Hambantota: 209km byA4 main road
CMB to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy: 120km by A1 main road
CMB to R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo: 33km by A3 main road

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Venue distances between stadiums

- Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium, Suriyawewa, Hambantota to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy: 213km by B339 road

- Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium, Suriyawewa Hambantota to R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo: 180km by B562, A4 & A1main roads

- Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy: 127km by A1main road

ICC [ International Cricket Council ] Full Members

England, Australia, South Africa West Indies New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Zimbabwe
ICC Champions and ICC Runners Up: Qualifier 1and Qualifier 2 of ICC World Cup Qualifier (formerly ICC Trophy)
Qualifier 1and Qualifier 2 are selected by means of Global qualification system for the World Twenty20 held for the ICC Associate and Affiliate members.

The ICC development committee has expanded the global qualification system for the World Twenty20, to give the Associate and Affiliate members of the governing body a chance to feature in the tournament. The qualification tournament, which was contested by eight teams in February 2010, is set to feature 16 sides when it is held in early 2012 ahead of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
ICC World Twenty20 2012 opening fixture: Hosts Sri Lanka Versus Zimbabwe at Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

ICC World Twenty20 2012 battle

Defending Champion of ICC World Twenty20 tournament: England, who won in 2010.
Most balanced team:
The Dark Horses:
Home ground advantage: Sri Lanka, the host

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Past Champions:

India (2007); Pakistan (2009); England (2011)
Past Runners up: Pakistan (2007); Sri Lanka (2009); Australia (2011)
The 2012 World Twenty20 will be the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament. The first was hosted by South Africa in 2007, where India beat Pakistan in a thriller to become Twenty20 champions. Pakistan, the losing finalists in 2007, defeated Sri Lanka in the 2009 tournament to become World T20 Champions, held in England. England became the third World Twenty20 champions by beating Australia in the West Indies. The 2014 ICC World T20 is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Ticket sales

Tickets for the tournament are planned to go on sale to the public from March 1, 2012 and will be available via website and box-office sales in Sri Lanka. The ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat assured they would be reasonably priced.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Ticket pricing

"We all know how passionate and loyal the Sri Lankan public is towards our sport and we will ensure the tickets are affordable so that they can enjoy the event," he said at the launch of the tournament in Colombo. "

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Participating teams

Group A – England, India, Afghanistan
Group B – Australia, West Indies, Ireland
Group C – Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Group D – Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh       

T20 World Cup 2012 Super Eight (S8) Groups

Group 1 – A1, B2, C1, D2
Group 2 – A2, B1, C2, D1

ICC World Twenty20 2012 tournament schedule
Group C : South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 4th T20 D/N
Hambantota - Mahinda R. I. S.

Group D : New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 5th T20 D/N
Kandy - Pallekele I.C.Stadium

Group A : England vs Afghanistan, 6th T20 D/N
Colombo - R. Premadasa Stadium

Group C : Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 7th T20 D/N
Hambantota - Mahinda R. I. S.

Group B : Australia vs West Indies, 8th T20 D/N
TBC vs TBC, Final T20 D/N
Colombo - R. Premadasa Stadium

* TBC = To be confirmed
* D/N = Day and Night
* Mahinda R. I. S. = Mahinda Rajapaksha International Stadium
* R. Premadasa Stadium = Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium
* Pallekele I. C. Stadium = Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Tickets :

To purchase tickets online, please click below.
ICC World Twenty20 2012 Tickets

Ticket sales for ICC World T20 2012 will begin on 26th Monday 2012 at three centers in Sri Lanka, managed by Ticketmaster, a global event ticketing agent.

The three centers are based in the three venue cities Colombo, Pallakele and Hambantota.
- In Colombo, tickets can be bought at the Thurstan College Cricket Ground
- In Kandy tickets will be available at Kandy City Centre.
- In Hambantota, tickets will be on sale at No. 103 Tissa Road.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Host : Sri Lanka

The host of ICC World Twenty20 2012, Sri Lanka was the runner up in ICC World Twenty20 2009. ICC World Twenty20, in Arjuna Ranathunge's words, was akin to ''Instant Noodles'' version of ODI [One Day International].

Sri Lanka's limited over cricket in the world cup began in the year 1983. It was with the ODI [One Day International] tournament of Prudential World Cup held in England. In the inaugural limited over ODI [One Day International] Cricket World Cup (Sri Lanka’s solitary victory was in the match verses India) and then again in 1987 and 1992 Sri Lanka failed to go past the group stages. In 1996, Sri Lanka, who was awarded the test statues mere 15 years ago in 1981, was all glory: undefeated throughout the tournament, Sri Lankans reached the final to meet the favorites, the formidable Australians. Australia lost.

Australia and Sri Lanka had never previously faced each other in a major tournament final with the exception of the triangular one-day series called 'Benson and Hedges World Series' during Sri Lanka's tour to Australia in the summer of 1995/1996. Following the test series resulting in a demoralizing 3-0 loss to Australia, Sri Lanka found a silver line in the grey clouds: emergence of Sanath Jayasuriya. 'Benson and Hedges World Series' became a fierce contest with Sri Lanka knocking out powerful West Indies to reach the finals to meet Australia.

Sri Lankans were desperate and disappointed with the Australian umpires, Australian hooligans and Australian cricketers: Australian umpire Darrell Hair called Sri Lanka's up and coming spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan for 'chucking' during the Boxing Day Test; fanatic Australian hooligans yelled upon each and every delivery of Muralitharan: No Ball!!"; Australian cricketers, who had expected mild behavior from Sri Lankans in the manner as in the past, to say the least, were not at all in the spirit of game, when Arjuna Ranatunge never took a step back from the confrontation. Following the series, Mark Taylor, Australia's captain offered to shake the hand with Arjuna Ranatunga. Ranatunga declined. The Sri Lankans were aghast that Muralitharan affair caused by the Australians was a vulgar act of racism and discrimination towards the mild Sri Lankans and to ever-smiling ever-genial Muralitharan himself.

Though Sri Lanka lost both finals to Australia (Australia had set up two finals involving the same two finalists in an attempt to avoid losing the cup), once again there was a silver lining: emergence of Romesh Kaluwitharana as an ODI opening batsman. Kaluwitharana, who won best batsman award in the preliminary round, was instrumental in the defeat handed out to Australia in the preliminary round.

Following the completion of 'Benson and Hedges World Series’ Sri Lanka’s team manager Anura Tennakoon proclaimed that Sri Lanka would win the ODI World Cup that was scheduled to be played in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. However, Tennakoon refused to reveal any information leading to the strategy.

Australians, who knew that Sri Lankans had learned a couple of lessons during the World Series, were uneasy. Australians refused to play a scheduled World Cup group match (preliminary round match) in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the ground of non-existence issue of safety in spite of being offered presidential security detail. Shane Warne declared he wouldn’t wish to get blown up in a bomb blast while shopping in Colombo. Arjuna Ranatunga scoffed: ''shopping is for sissies''. It was said Australia wasn’t confident playing against the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka: a loss early in the tournament to Sri Lanka enjoying the home ground advantage could cause a disaster to the Australians. Australia’s refusal to play in Sri Lanka resulted in Sri Lanka being awarded with the points. Sri Lankans, who wanted the World Cup, weren’t unduly worried: they knew that the Australians wouldn't be able to escape from meeting them in the final.

During the World Cup Australian captain Mark Taylor was in a malicious mood: "Sri Lankans don’t know what's coming on them", he said. It turned out other way around: it was Australians who didn’t know. Sri Lankans, on an idea put forward by Duleep Mendis to coach Dave Whatmore, revolutionized the limited over cricket with a flamboyant brand of cricket: they replaced the conventional cautious approach in batsmanship in the first 15 overs, i.e. conserving wickets against the new ball, with all-out attack by the batsmen capable of making use of the restrictions in field placing and belting the ball cleanly to the boundry.

Sri Lanka's opening pair of Sanath Jayasuriaya and wicketkeeper batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, promoted from No.7, turned the limited over game upside down. They were given the green light to belt every ball out of the park. Many a team had already experimented with the idea of opening the innings with a pinch-hitter even prior to the 1996 World Cup, yet no team had ever imagined a pair of attacking batsmen going blades blazing at both ends. With a strategy that was never ever attempted, i.e., a batting blitzkrieg during the first 15 overs, the flamboyant Sri Lankans took the cricketing world by surprise to clinch the ODI [One Day International] World Cup. Sri Lanka is the only ICC Trophy winning team (1979) to have made such tremendous strides so as to clinch the ODI [One Day International] World Cup at a later date.

Since lifting the ODI [One Day International] cricket world cup in 1996, Sri Lanka has become a formidable force in the cricketing world in all three formats: test cricket; 50 over cricket; 20 over [Twenty20]. Since 1996, Sri Lanka was semi-finalist once (year 2003) and finalist twice (year 2007 and year 2011) in the ODI [One Day International] cricket world cup.

Sri Lanka has the distinctive achievement of being the holder of highest team totals in all three formats [Test, ODI and Twenty20] of the game of cricket.

Twenty20: 260 for 6 (20 overs), by Sri Lanka Vs. Kenya at Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2007
ODI: 443 for 9 (50 overs) Sri Lanka Vs. Netherlands at Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 2006
Test: 952 for 6 declared Sri Lanka Vs. India at Ranasinghe Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka,1997
Sri Lanka was the runner up in ICC World Twenty20 in 2009. During the period of year 2007 (inaugural tournament) to 2010 (last tournament) of ICC World Twenty20, Sri Lanka’s consistent performances have earned its own rightful place with distinctive achievements.

Most Runs: Mahela Jayawardene - 615 (18 matches) (2007-2010)
Highest Partnership: Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara v West Indies - 166 (100 balls) (second wicket) (2010)
Most Runs in a Tournament: Tillakaratne Dilshan - 317 (7 matches) (2009)
Highest Score: 260 for 6 (20 overs), by Sri Lanka Vs. Kenya (2007)

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