The World Twenty20 is an international cricket tournament that features all ICC members. Ideally, this is a global tournament featuring all cricketing nations. The eventual winner earns the status of a World Twenty20 Champion. Besides the obvious bragging rights, there is also some money at stake. The overall prize money pot stands at about $8 million, with each participating nation receiving close to $60,000 or even more.
2022’s T20 World Cup will see 16 teams enter the tournament. From the 16, 8 teams have a direct qualification to the Super 12 stage based on their country rankings. The remaining four are picked after qualifier matches, usually before the World Cup.
Eight teams start the action in two groups comprising four countries, with the best two teams in each group (four in total) advancing to the next stage (Super 12s), making 12 teams. All teams in the respective groups play against each other, with the top two teams from the groups qualifying for the Semi-Finals, usually a knockout match.
The winning team is awarded two points for each round, while the losing gets none. If there is no result, which often happens during a washout or an abandonment, the concerned teams get one point each. Whenever there is a tie in the group rankings, multiple teams with the same points, the tie is broken based on the number of wins, net run rate, and the head-to-head outcome, in that order.
T20 is credited with reviving cricket in the 21st century. Since its inception, players have been quick to adapt to the game’s demands by working on their fitness, fielding, and throwing. The best part about this new format is that it plays a complementary role and does not threaten Test Cricket in any way.