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History of the T20 Cricket World Cup

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Ever since it was first played in England hundreds of years ago, the sport of cricket has spread to many countries around the world. The winners of this year's T20 Cricket World Cup will be awarded the trophy on October 7, 2012, at Sri Lanka's Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Here are a few interesting historical facts about T20 to help you get more into this year's tournament:

To make a long story short:

During these games, a shortened version of cricket is played to avoid fans being bored with the standard long versions of cricket games.

What does it mean? According to sports.mapsofindia.com, the name T20 refers to the shortened match of 20-over.

Twenty20 cricket:

The official title of T20, which was formally introduced in 2003.

Lions and Bears, oh my!

The first T20 match was played in England on June 13, 2003. English counties played for the T20 Cup, and the Surrey Lions beat the Warwickshire Bears by nine wickets.

'I don't like cricket, I love it':

This is a line from 10cc's song "Dreadlock Holiday." This line became the T20 slogan and was re-recorded to "We don't like cricket, we love it." Click here to listen to the song. Many parts of this song were used and featured in the work of other artists, including Destiny's Child and Belle & Sebastian.

First England, then the world: In September 2007, India won the first World Cup Twenty20 tournament against Pakistan in Johannesburg.

Yuvraj Singh: An Indian cricketer who hit six sixes in a row in one over against Stuart Broad during the World Twenty20's inaugural match in 2007. According to NDTV sports, he will be playing this year at Twenty20 in spite of a recent cancer scare.

Chris Gayle: A Jamaican cricketer who plays for the West Indies. He scored the first hundred for the Twenty20 International tournament in 2007.

Washed out: According to VCricket, the only T20 game that was abandoned in 2007 was between India and Scotland due to inclement weather.

Good Lord! On July 15, 2004, the first T20 match between Middlesex and Surrey held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London held nearly 26,500 people, the biggest number for county cricket game compared to any one-day final since 1953. Lord is named after its founder, Thomas Lord, who was a professional English cricketer from the late-1700s to the early-1800s.

Tricia Bangit is an Anglophile who saw her first cricket game at Lord's stadium in 2009.

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