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The ICC World Twenty20 is the international championship of Twenty20 cricket. The event is organised by the sport's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The tournament consists of 12 teams and is contested by all Test-playing nations plus qualifiers. The championship is expected to be held around every two years.

The inaugural event, the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 was staged in South Africa from September 11, 2007 to September 24, 2007. The inaugural champion of the ICC World Twenty20 is Template:Nct who defeated Template:Nct in the final at Johannesburg by five runs.



Template:Seealso The World Cricket League is a series of international one-day cricket tournaments for national teams without Test status, administered by the International Cricket Council. Any Associate or Affiliate member of the ICC may compete in the league system, which has promotion and relegation between each division.

The series completed its first cycle in 2007, with teams allotted into divisions based on their performance in the qualification tournaments for the 2007 World Cup. As the two finalists of the World Cricket League Division One tournament, Template:Nct and Template:Nct, were rewarded with qualification for ICC World Twenty20 2007 alongside the ten test playing nations.


The tournament format for the 2007 edition consisted of four stages:

  • Group Stage - Four groups of three teams (two seeds and one qualifier) with two games per team and the top two teams qualifying for the Super 8s.
  • "Super 8s" - Two four-team groups playing three games each. The make up of the groups was pre-decided based upon all seeds qualifying; if a seed failed to qualify the beneficiary took their allotted place in their respective group.
  • Semi-Finals - Group Winners playing the runner up of the other Super 8 Group.
  • Final

The winners of the 2007 tournament were Template:Nct.


The International Cricket Council's executive committee voted for the hosts of the tournament after examining the bids made by the nations keen to hold a Twenty20 World Championship. After South Africa, England will host in 2009 followed by Sri Lanka in 2012 and Bangladesh in 2014. The ICC decided that South Africa and England should host the first two tournaments because they were the earliest adopters of the format.[1] cr|PAK

Previous WinnersEdit

Year Host Winner Runner-up Final Result
2007 South Africa South Africa style="background-color:#Template:Cricket NSW light colour"| Template:Nct style="background-color:#Template:Cricket Tas light colour"| Template:Nct India by 5 runs
2009 England England

Main individual and team recordsEdit

Twenty20 World Cup records[2]
Most runs Australia Matt Hayden 265 (2007)
Highest average Template:Country data Zimbabwe B. Taylor 107.00 (2007)
Highest score Template:Country data West Indies Chris Gayle v South Africa [3] 117 (2007)
Highest partnership Template:Country data West Indies Chris Gayle & D. Smith
(1st Wicket) v South Africa
145 (2007) [4]
Most runs in a tournament Australia Matt Hayden 265 (2007)[5]
Most wickets Template:Country data Pakistan Umar Gul 13 (2007)
Lowest average Template:Country data West Indies Sarwan 5.00 (2007) [6]
Best bowling figures New Zealand MR Gillespie v Kenya 4/7 (2007)
Most wickets in a tournament Template:Country data Pakistan Umar Gul 13 (2007)

Most dismissals (wicket-keeper)

Australia Adam Gilchrist 9 (2007)[8]
Most catches (fielder) South Africa De Villiers 6 (2007)[9]
Highest score v Kenya 260/6 (2007)[10]
Lowest score v New Zealand 73 (2007)[11]


External linksEdit

Template:International cricketTemplate:Twenty20 World Championship

fr:Twenty20 World Championship pl:Mistrzostwa Świata w Krykiecie Twenty20 2007 mr:२०-२० विश्व अजिंक्यपद स्पर्धा

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