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Thursday, June 04, 2009

ICC World Twenty20, England

The "ICC World Twenty20" championship in England begins tomorrow. I don't know why they don't call it the "T20 World Cup," or something similar, because it is that, for all intents and purposes. Anyway, it's going to be huge, and India is all set to retain its title in this the second edition of this tournament.

Something caught my eye on this little schedule from the Hindu - the seeding system. It says, "If seeded teams qualify for Super Eight they retain their Group Stage Seedings. e.g. India will be A1 even if they come 2nd in Group Stage." The first thing that popped into my head was, "Isn't this unnecessarily elaborate?" Most of the other cricket competitions that have this kind of framework - the recently concluded IPL in South Africa, albeit in a single group format, is a case in point - keep it simple; the two teams that top the group go through as A1 and A2. Just my thoughts on this, unless of course there's a hidden advantage to be had by some teams.

Speaking of "hidden advantages" the group that India find themselves in is rather easy, I think. No offense to Bangladesh or Ireland, but even if you consider the fact that India is by far the most formidable side in the tournament and not in need of any favors, I can't quite explain this. My only hope is that they get through without any snafus and otherwise poor performances. Besides they're way too good to be influenced by my haphazard doubting.

May the best team win. More importantly, may they provide some exhilarating entertainment.

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