Cricket set for another stellar year in 2020
It is fair to say that 2020 promises to be another action-packed year for cricket, with plenty of major events happening at both domestic and international level.
One of the most exciting developments for the sport could be the launch of a brand-new competition in England which is designed to attract a whole new generation of fans to cricket.
Read on as we look at some of the biggest cricket events scheduled to place during the next 12 months.
Indian Premier League (IPL) – April – May
Now firmly established as the most-attended cricket league in the world, the IPL is also one of the most lucrative.
The league’s brand was valued at nearly $7 billion in 2019, making it an extremely attractive proposition for the teams, players, broadcasters and sponsors alike.
The Mumbai Indians are the reigning IPL champions after lifting the trophy for a record fourth time last season.
Mumbai are favourites with PowerPlay to retain their title in 2020, but are likely to face stiff competition from the likes of Hyderabad Sunrisers and Chennai Super Kings.
England v West Indies – June
England have a busy 2020 ahead of them, with their summer Test series against West Indies the highlight of their upcoming schedule.
The three-match series starts at the Oval on June 4, while the second Test will be staged Edgbaston starting on June 12. Lord’s will be the venue for the third meeting which starts on June 25.
England will be gunning for revenge this summer after being defeated 2-1 in the Caribbean last winter.
Their recent record on home soil against the West Indies is excellent, with a 4-0 defeat back in 1988 the last time they lost a Test series against this opponent.
The Hundred – July – August
Although it hasn’t met with widespread approval in cricketing circles, The Hundred promises to be one of the most talked about innovations in the sport for many years.
The brainchild of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket tournament consisting of eight city-based franchise teams.
Some cricket experts believe the shortened format is a ‘dumbing-down’ of the sport, but the ECB say it will help to attract a whole new generation of fans to cricket.
England stars Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad are amongst a long list of players who have backed a format that could revolutionise cricket in the future.
T20 World Cup – October – November
Australia will host the latest edition of the T20 World Cup which is the highlight of the latter part of the 2020 schedule.
Current holders West Indies will be bidding to win the tournament for the third time after claiming the trophy in 2016 with a four-wicket win over England.
Carlos Brathwaite blasted four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in the final over to secure a dramatic victory for the Windies.
England will be eager to go one better this time around, although India could be the value bet to win the T20 World Cup in 2020.
Bob Willis Trophy and County Championship to co-exist in new structure
An agreement over 2021’s first-class season has been agreed.
England skipper Eoin Morgan to take over as Kolkata Knight Riders captain
Morgan had been acting as deputy to Dinesh Karthik.
Misbah-ul-Haq resigns Pakistan chief selector post to remain coach
Misbah’s decision may very well be motivated by changes to the new rules surrounding designed to eliminate conflicts of interest.
Adil Rashid pens white-ball contract extension with Yorkshire for 2021 season
Rashid has had no involvement in any red-ball cricket since earning the last of 19 Test caps in the Caribbean in January 2019.
On this day in 2006: Pakistan pair test positive for nandrolone
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were withdrawn from the 2006 Champions Trophy after the results.
England invited to Pakistan for white-ball series in early 2021
The proposed tour is set to comprise three Twenty20 matches.
Aussie finisher Glenn Maxwell doesn’t play to the gallery
Glenn Maxwell hasn’t come off with the bat in IPL 13 just yet but the Australian isn’t letting that rent space in his head.
Jayawardene backs quicks to continue to impact IPL
Will quick bowlers continue to impact the IPL even as the pitches get slower and lower? The Mumbai Indians coach thinks so.
South African cricketer’s union calls on CSA board to resign
The South African Cricketers’ Association have issued a fresh call for the entire CSA board to stand aside as government intervention looms.