The ICC T20 World Cup, formerly known as the ICC World Twenty20, is the international tournament of Twenty20 International cricket. It is organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s governing body and is generally held every two years.
Each match in the championship is played as a Twenty20 International (T20I) in which two teams each play twenty overs. At present, the tournament involves 16 teams, made up of the ten highest ranked teams at the time and six additional teams determined by the results of qualifying matches.
The Twenty20 format of cricket is shorter than the traditional fifty-over version of the sport. The shorter format was designed to create a more fast-paced, appealing and accessible version of the game.
It was originally introduced with the aim of increasing dwindling crowds and sponsorship for domestic games, but later expanded to include international matches. The first World Twenty20 was played in 2007 in South Africa, with India defeating Pakistan in the inaugural tournament.
A total of six events have now been held, most recently in 2016 where the West Indies defeated England. Although the tournament has traditionally been held every two years, it was decided that the next event should be hosted by Australia in four years’ time, in 2020.
Each of the ICC full members automatically qualify for the championship. Other teams compete for one of the remaining places by taking part in a T20 World Cup Qualifier. The total number of teams that have qualified through this method has changed on several occasions, ranging from two teams to the current number of six.
The format of matches played at ICC T20 World Cups is similar to regular limited-overs games, with the exception of the number of overs for batting being restricted to twenty, along with a number of other rule adjustments. If the number of runs scored by both teams at the end of a match is a tie, a ‘Super Over’ is then played.
This involves each team nominating three batsman and one bowler to play one over per side and the team with the higher number of runs at the end of the over wins the match. Further rules are then implemented if the score remains a tie at this stage, such as the number of sixes scored during their respective innings.
The teams which compete in the World Cup are then ranked against each other during the group stages of the tournament, which include the preliminary and Super 10 round. Ranking criteria include the number of points, number of wins, net run rate, bowling strike rate and results of head to head meetings.
The West Indies are currently the only team to have won the tournament twice.
The ICC votes on the hosts of future tournaments based on bids received from interested nations. In 2015, the ICC’s head of global developments proposed holding a future World Cup in the United States as a way of attempting to increase awareness and interest in the game in that country.
How To Watch T20 World Cup NZ
The next tournament will be held in cities across Australia in 2020.
The tournament will feature teams from 16 different countries with 9 countries (+ the hosts) already qualified. The remaining 6 spots will be decided by qualifiers happening in October and November 2019.
The following countries have already qualified; Pakistan, India, England, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The host nation, Australia has already qualified by default. Matches in the 2020 world cup will be played from 18th October to 15th November next year. The final will be played the 80,000 seater MCG in Melbourne. Tickets for the event go on sale at the end of this year.
Who Won The Broadcast Rights?
In Australia, Fox Sports have won the rights and will be streaming every game live and on demand via Foxtel Now, Go and Kayo Sports.
Channel 9 has exclusive rights to cover all the Australian games as well as the semi finals and finals which means with a VPN you can watch these games for free.
It’s unclear whether Spark Sports or Sky Sports bought the rights in New Zealand.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch T20 world cup with Channel 9 you need to use an Australian VPN to fool their website into thinking you’re in Australia.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing Channel 9. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then the 9Now app or visit their website.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne or Sydney
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
You’ll now be able to load the games live and on demand and stream away.
Step 4: Start Watching T20 World Cup 2020 Live
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
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