Has T20 cricket had the intended effect on the public’s interest?

Tags: t20, cricket

Published on: Mar 01, 2020

We are now flying down the road towards the T20 World Cup at the end of the year with all the international teams stepping up their preparations for the showpiece down under. Before you know it, the first ball will be bowled in October, probably by a spinner after the sounds of intense electronic music has just died down, and the tournament will be underway.

The T20 format is cricket’s answer to staying cool and relevant but has it achieved its intended result of spiking the public’s interest in the game? It has been some 15 years since the first-ever international T20 game was played between New Zealand and Australia in Auckland. A look at the scorecard from that game will show you that T20 cricket got off to an uncompetitive start as Australia trounced New Zealand by 44 runs.

A decade and a half on from that night in Auckland and…

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