The fourth edition of the Twenty20 (T20) Cricket World Cup 2012 is scheduled to run from 18 September to 7 October 2012. Sri Lanka is hosting this year’s T20 World Cup. The previous three T20 World Cups were held in 2007, 2009 and 2010 in South Africa, England and West Indies respectively. This year, Sri Lanka is hosting the prestigious and exciting event. A total of 12 nations are participating in the tournament and have been divided into four groups A, B, C and D. The competition will take place in two formats — firstly in the Group stage and then the Knock Out stage, which consists of Super 8’s and finally the Semifinals and the Final. In the Group stages, the participating teams will play with each other once and the top two teams from the group will qualify for the Super 8 stages. Four teams from this stage will reach the Semi-finals and the two winning teams from the Semi-finals will naturally, play in the Final. The Final match will be played on 7 October. The first match of the tournament will be between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on 18 September. India will play their first match against Afghanistan on 19 September and the second match against England on 23 September. For the record, India were the T20 World Champions in the inaugural tournament in 2007 and Pakistan were the T20 World Champions in 2009. England won the last T20 World Cup in 2010 and so they will be playing as defending champions in this year’s competition. For cricket lovers across the world, the T20 World Cup 2012 is not just a cricket feast but also a time when intense patriotic feelings are at a peak — with huge expectations from their favourite teams and players to do well.
Return of Yuvi, Bhajji & Balaji
Yuvraj Singh, 30, has made a comeback into the Indian cricket team for the T20 World Cup 2012 after a long gap of nearly one year. His last international match was against England in July 2011. Yuvraj Singh was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011. But he had to stop playing as he was diagnosed with cancer in October 2011 and had to undergo chemotherapy in the United States. He responded exceptionally well to the treatment and is now fully fit to play cricket again. His fans are looking forward to another six 6’s in an over from him in this T20 World Cup – a repeat of the feat he achieved in the T20 World Cup in 2007 against England. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and fast bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji have also made a comeback into the Indian squad after a long gap. Balaji’s comeback is big news because will be playing his first international match after 2009.