Guide to T20 World Cup Cricket Betting
Twenty20, or T20, is the newest form of Cricket and has seriously rocked the sporting world since its debut in 2003. Each side gets a single innings of 20 overs, hence the name, and the matches are never longer than 3 hours.
When the English and Wales Cricket Board -the ECB – launched T20, they were looking for another 1 day competition to fill the space left by the Benson & Hedges Cup that ended in 2002. To keep up with the times, they wanted the replacement competition to appeal to younger audiences.
Cricket’s spectators and sponsors were dwindling, and the ECB knew they needed to come up with a really dynamic new format. They found the answer in Twenty20, and the first international men’s game was played between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland’s Eden Park.
Since then, this version of cricket has become more popular with each passing year. There are several competitions held every year, but the most exciting and prestigious are definitely the men’s and women’s ICC (International Cricket Council) T20 World Cup. Betting on the event makes it that much more thrilling to watch, and you can learn how to do it right here.
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When to Place ICC T20 World Cup Bets
The T20 World Cup, also known as the ICC World Twenty20, consists of a qualifying round, a group stage and a knockout stage. The top 8 national teams are allowed entrance into the World Cup automatically, and another 4 places are contested by the 8 sides who finished top in the T20 World Cup Qualifier tournament.
This group of 12 then enters the Super 12 round, where it is divided into 2 groups of 6 teams. The nations that place first and second in each pool of 6 will advance to the knockout stage. Each semi-finalist competes in just 1 of the 2 semi-finals that are played, to determine the World Cup finalists of that year.
Betting Options in the ICC World Twenty20
Whatever wager you decide to place in the T20 World Cup, remember that this format has a much faster pace than the original Cricket games. Batters who are more aggressive and land plenty of 6s do better than slow and steady players who are able to eventually get out 50 runs on a 5th-day test match pitch.
A draw isn’t possible in a T20 match, since if the teams are tied at the end of the second innings a super over is played to determine the winner, so you can’t – and shouldn’t – put money on this outcome. You can predict who the outright winner of a game will be, in straight and point spread bets, as well as totals.
The totals can be for the combined score at the end of the game, or for how many runs each team will score in their innings. Propositions on the exact runs each team will score, who will win the coin toss, the first method of dismissal and other specific events are popular too. And, of course, you can wager on who will ultimately lift the trophy.