The hype increased after ICC announced the fixture for the T20 World Cup 2020. And as soon as the fixtures were announced, every cricket fan in the world was excited to see his favorite team play. The history of T20 World Cup goes back to 2007, when this tournament began. Let us have a look at the tournament year by year.
ICC T20 World Cup 2007
2007 was the year when T20 World Cup tournament set foot in the realm of cricket. The tournament was hosted in South Africa and 12 teams took part in it. The tournament had 4 groups of three, moving to 3 groups of four in quarter-finals and then leading 4 into semi-finals for the finals to take place. The tournament began with a huge success with West Indies beating South Africa. This was only possible due to a magnificent 117 off 57 from Chris Gayle. In addition to this, it was this tournament where Yuvraj Singh smashed six 6s in a row against England’s Stuart Broad and fastest 50 with just 12 balls. The finale of this tournament was a nail-biting match between India and Pakistan, where India beat Pakistan to lift the first T20 World Cup trophy.
ICC T20 World Cup 2009
The next season of T20 World Cup was held in 2009 hosted by England. The game had four groups of three, moving to 2 groups of four in quarter-finals and then the leading 4 teams to play the semi-finals. Here, the first big show was given again by Gayle against Australia after he hit 88 off 50. The finale of the season took place between South Africa and Pakistan, where Pakistan proved its worth by making it to the finals one more time, but this time to win for sure.
ICC T20 World Cup 2010
Since the ICC World Cup (50 overs) was to be played in 2011, ICC decided to prepone the T20 World Cup a year early. Hence, the T20 World Cup was held successively in 2009 and again in 2010. This tournament was held in West Indies. The game had four groups of three, moving to 2 groups of four in quarter-finals and then the leading 4 teams to play the semi-finals. The finals took between England and Australia, which resulted in England taking away the cup for the first time in the limited-over format.
ICC T20 World Cup 2012
This time the tournament was held in Sri Lanka and the format was different. All the 12 teams were divided in 4 groups with top 2 from each group progressed to super 8. Next, the 8 teams were again divided into 2 groups and the top 2 teams from each group were entitled for semi-finals. The 2012 T20 World Cup was lifted by West Indies this time.
ICC T20 World Cup 2014 and 2016
The 2014 T20 World Cup was lifted hosted by Bangladesh and won by Sri Lanka with India being the runner up. Next, the 2016 T20 World Cup was hosted by India and again lifted by West Indies for the second time.
In 2018, it was noticed that the ICC tournaments were happening a lot and hence it was decided that similar to the ICC World Cup (50 over), the T20 World Cup will also be conducted once every 4 years. Hence, the next T20 World Cup will take place in 2020.