T20 World Cup schedule is lop-sided

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 23, 2012 05:22 hrs

The ICC T20 World Cup got off to a slow start with some easy games that did not create a ripple or any excitement among the spectators. Scheduling is a crucial aspect of any tournament and while it is understandable that teams with big following will get prime time games on weekends,  the other matches also need to be slotted in a manner that the momentum is kept up.

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Of course the T20 format is such that some games can simply fizzle out due to low scores and thus end up being one-sided. Four days into the tournament the minnows Afghanistan and Zimbabwe are on their way back home while former champions Pakistan have still to set foot out on te field. It just shows how lop-sided the scheduling is.

Pakistan is a mercurial team that has the knack of bringing a special flair to the game be it on the field or off it and so not to have them play even a single game for the first four days of the tournament is hard to understand. Yes, the expenses on the minnows is saved when they go home after making a cursory appearance in the tournament but it is because they get such limited exposure that they don't make the progress that they should.

It is not just the match experience but the opportunity to meet and talk with top international players that will help the minnows who are full of enthusiasm and take each match seriously unlike some big team players who look at these games as a relaxed tour out of their countries.

England are keen to defend their title as could be seen by their performance against Afghanistan and South Africa and Australia too have a point or two to prove and so have begun the tournament with a bang.

Australia played against Ireland who caused an upset or two in the fifty overs World Cup last year and they simply battered the Irish into submission with a ruthless display with both bat and ball. Shane Watson was the player of the game with three wickets and a half century to his credit during which he belted the ball a long way.

For the hosts, Sri Lanka who started the tournament, the two Mendises did well with Jeevan batting superbly and Ajantha who has not quite lived up to his reputation bowling some magic deliveries that bamboozled the Zimbabwe batsmen.

It is Shane Watson though who is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week with his all round performance.

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