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Tournaments of Cricket Match

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Cricket Tournaments

If you are interested to make your career in cricket so this post is really helpful to enhance your knowledge. In this, you find all the details and events regarding cricket.

How it start

The ICC runs a number of tournaments and events. The first, the World Cup, was launched in 1975 (the women had staged their own competition two years earlier) and in 1979 they held the first ICC Trophy, a one-day event for Associate members. In 1998 the first Champions Trophy was played and in 2004 the Intercontinental Cup, designed to give Associates exposure to first-class cricket, appeared. In 2005 the ICC held a Super Series - between Australia and a World XI - but it was largely criticized and is unlikely to reappear. In 2007 the first ICC World Twenty20 occurred in South Africa.

In addition to the higher-profile events, the ICC also runs the World Cricket League. Spread over five divisions, it involves most Associates in international one-day competition with relegation and promotion between divisions. Since the ICC merged with the Women's Cricket Council in 2005, the ICC has taken on the responsibility for women's events. All of the tournaments which is organized by ICC is given below:

  1. ICC world trophy

It is the most prestigious and honorable tournament and the biggest cricket bash, taking place once in every 4 years, and is also the home of best matches in world cups. This is the world’s most viewed cricket event. Meanwhile, ICC claims it as the biggest and of course number one event in the Cricket having a good number of matches. The event has 4 stages, Super 8, 6, also semi-finals and finals. Teams put their utmost effort on Cricket’s best trophy and tournament. Every cricket player aspires to win and every cricket lover dreams their country to hold.


2. ICC Champions Trophy

It is an ICC initiative tournament and stands as the second important after the great World Cup. Initially, is had the name as ICC Knockout tournament and later it got this name. It also has mini world cup. Sadly, this is the last Champions trophy 2013 which has come to final stages now. No wonder this most viewed cricket tournament got it’s spot in the list of Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.

3. T20 World cup

The trophy weighs up to 7.5 Kilograms and is the most popular tournament as is the shortest, and it has already witnessed some of the biggest sixes in cricket. It has the best source of entertainment and excitement. The very first tournament started in the year 2011 and surprisingly India took it away. That is how this format made a huge impact in India. And T20 World Cup became highly popular in all the nations soon enough, making it one of the famous cricket tournaments around the world. The excitement and the energy are unimaginable! Here the strength and selection of shots matter rather than technique and the class defense. It is indeed one of the Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.


4. ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup

The ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup is an international Cricket tournament organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) contested by national under-19 teams. First contested in 1988, as the Youth World Cup, it was not staged again until 1988. Since then, the World Cup has been held as a biennial event, organized by the ICC. The first edition of the tournament had only eight participants, but every subsequent edition has included sixteen teams. India, the current champions, has won the World Cup four times which is the highest amongst all teams, while Australia has won thrice, Pakistan twice and England,South Africa, and the West-Indies once each. Two other teams – New Zealand and Sri Lanka – have made a tournament final without going on to win.

5. Ashes Series

The Ashes is the massive clash of two continents, two nations. It’s a great rivalry between England and Australia. Name of this tournament has a rather interesting background story. When England faced defeat against Aussies in 1882. Australian supremacy was reluctantly evident and then England took a pledge that they will be taking back the ashes and they did it in very next series. No wonder it is one of the best cricket championships and remains among the Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.


6. NatWest Series

An exclusively England-based One day International tournament and is one of the very best cricket tournaments. It kicked off in the year 2000 and National Westminster Bank sponsored it. It is usually the triangular series where each team meets another twice in the series and the top two teams fight for finals at The Mecca of Cricket, and one of the best cricket stadiums in the world, Lords. The most remarkable match was the final in the year 2004. India chased the massive target of 324 against England. And no one can forget dada’s (Saurav Ganguly) shirt twirling moments at the Lord’s gallery until the game exists.


7. Border-Gavaskar trophy

This is a famous battle of 2 nations India and Australia. The format played is test and it has witnessed the most exciting ICC cricket tournament test matches ever. It was a tribute to Australia’s Allan Border and India’s Sunil Gavaskar as both had been first to reach the 10,000 club. Also, they were the skippers of the respective teams at that time. India has been very successful and dominant in this tournament and it’s a pleasure to find it in the list of the Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.

8. Asia Cup

As the name suggests it is just like a world cup with all the Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE, etc. Quite a popular cricket mixture, it is an initiative by Asian Cricket Council and started in the year 1984. It’s been the largest tournament of the Asian continent so far, and has already witnessed some of the most heated moments in India vs Pakistan Cricket. It didn’t take place twice so far due to political reasons and relations among the nations at that time. Hence, this is a rather restricted world cup tournament for all the Asian countries, but one of the Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.


9. Commonwealth Bank series

One of the most famous cricket tournaments, initially it was popular as Benson and Hedges World Series. Later Carlton and United then VB series and now the name is CB series. It is an official Australian series taking place during the months of Dec and Jan-Feb. It’s just after the Christmas and continues Australian summer season. The tournament has benefited the hosting team to the utmost as they won 19 out of 33 times. But it never disappointed the fans and cricket lovers. And ICC always gives it a lot of significance in its Cricket Calendar, and it sure deserves a place in the list of Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.


Champions League Twenty20

It is also popular as CLT20. This is one of the famous global cricket tournaments in the domestic level cricket. Every year the top played cricketing nations participate in this tournament. It is owned by 3 countries BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa. All the domestic teams involving young and experienced players fight with the other team. It’s such a grand spectacle with the teams giving the fine performance here. In simple words, it is the next level or next step of the IPL. It is the newly emerged tournament which will, of course, need some time to establish itself.


Indian Premier League

It is India’s most viewed sports phenomenon and a great name of popular world cricket. This is the tournament which unites youngsters, Indian players and super-expensive International players in the same squad. Most of the matches are nerve cracking and intensely exciting. It is the tournament which goes for 2 long months as summer bonanza. So far there are been 6 seasons and almost all were in the news in every possible way. It is also the source of many controversies. But still, this cricket tournament is the combination of glitz, glory and glamour.  It has a sore spot among Top 10 Most Popular Cricket Tournaments in the world.

No matter what, every series and every match is important in Cricket. These were the most Popular Cricket Tournaments that you cannot help getting into.

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