- Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:22
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The ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament consisting 27 matches will be hosted by Sri Lanka in September / October this year. The first match will be played between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka on the 18th September at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.
The official broadcasting rights for the tournament has been accorded to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). The SLBC since a long time is providing its listeners with commentaries on sports events. The SLBC is making arrangements to provide ball to ball commentaries in all the three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English covering this tournament.
Twenty20 is a form of Cricket originally introduced in England for professional inter-country competitions by the England and the Wales Cricket Board in 2003. A twenty20 game involves two teams, batting for a maximum of 20 overs for a single innings.
Since its inception the game has spread around the cricket world. In most international tours there is at least one Twenty20 match and all Test playing nations have a domestic cup competition. The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 was played in South Africa in 2007 with India winning by 5 runs against Pakistan in the final. Pakistan won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 defeating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets. England won the 2010 World Twenty20 defeating Australia in the final by 7 wickets.(niz)