Another day, another cricket World Cup. We think this one’s likely to be better than the 50 over one though. Many of the things that were wrong with the 50 over World Cup don’t apply here.
It’s shorter, only lasting a couple of weeks. It’s only got the big teams really. Tickets are affordable, so there should be a crowd. Plus, everyone’s going mental for Twenty20 cricket on the whole. It might appeal to non-cricket fans. Or they might just be confused. Who knows?
Chris Gayle walloped the first international Twenty20 hundred, but still the West Indies lost the opening game. Herschelle Gibbs – like Gayle, a batsman who should love this format – hit 90 off 55 balls, but the real acceleration came from Justin Kemp with 46 not out off 22 balls.
Earlier this year we made Justin Kemp a World Cup player to watch. He did nothing. We’re sticking with him and all the other World Cup players to watch (even if they’re not appearing) for this tournament. We’re not selecting specialists.