Pakistan are the World Twenty20 champions, but only for another 10 months.
A number of people are wondering why the next World T20 was been scheduled only 10 months after the one that just concluded.
I have the answer. It wasn't scheduled that way.
The ICC Champions Trophy, which is held every 2 years, was scheduled to be held in Pakistan in September 2008, and the West Indies in April 2010.
The 2008 Champions Trophy was cancelled and shifted to South Africa, due to security concerns; it is now being played in September 2009.
Since it did not make sense to have another Champions Trophy in the West Indies within 6 months, that tournament was revised and scheduled as a World Twenty20.
Hence, the ICC World Twenty20 2010.
Makes sense? Did to me.
Moreover, all of us would like to see another World T20 in April next year rather than a Champions Trophy, right?
Yeah, I thought so.
If the ICC use the same seeding format that they did during the 2009 World T20, then the 2010 tournament, will see the following groups (seeding in brackets):
Group A: Pakistan (1), Qualifier 1 (8), Qualifier 2 (9)
Group B: Sri Lanka (2), India (7), Bangladesh (10)
Group C: South Africa (3), England (6), Australia (11)
Group D: West Indies (4), New Zealand (5), Zimbabwe / Qualifier 3 (12)
Yes Australia finished 11th, even below Bangladesh; hence they find themselves in another group of death.
Ireland and Netherlands finished 8th and 9th respectively. The World T20 qualifiers will take place later this year and the top 2 teams will take their place in the April tournament.
I'm not sure what Zimbabwe's situation is, but I don't think they will be stopped from playing in the West Indies. If they are the 3rd qualifier will make it, otherwise it will be Zimbabwe.
Following that, if the Super 8s are also based on the same seeding format, then we will see the following Groups:
Group E: Pakistan, India, South Africa, New Zealand.
Group F: Qualifier 1, Sri Lanka, England, West Indies.
Ofcourse if Australia qualify they replace who they qualify instead of. Same for Bangladesh and any other team that may surprise us in 2010.
Looking forward to it already?
More importantly, if this happens in April, what happens to the IPL?