What is Twenty20 cricket?
Twenty20 cricket is the shortest form of cricket that brought the sport into the modern age. Whereas previously a game of cricket was played over a whole day or even five days for a Test match, T20 is over in under three hours start to finish, with both teams getting just 20 overs to bat.
What can you expect from T20? Big hits, big moments and big stars. Scoring quickly is the order of the day. No batsman is scared of getting out – the key is to clear the ropes as often as possible. Bowler’s skills are being tested like never before, and only the best are rising to the occasion.
International stars around the world are joining franchises in different corners of the globe, making tournaments such as the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash and The Blast the go-to places for the world's best players.
The atmosphere at a T20 match is something you will never forget. Loud music, fireworks and dancers give games more of a feel of the Super Bowl halftime show rather than a cricket match –it might not be what you are used to if you are traditionalist!
So if you are looking to see a game or introduce someone new to cricket, perhaps you should start with a Twenty20 match. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship!