Cricket News sort by ICC World Twenty20 2012

One of the major criticisms of the 50-over World Cup is that there are too many meaningless matches, with the minnows participating getting thrashed by the top teams.

After weeks of anticipation, the World T20 finally kicks off in Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Unlike the 50-over version, there are no favourites here. More than the number of equally-matched sides, this has got more to do with the nature of the format itself.

Hosts Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in the opening encounter of the World T20 at Hambantota. Even as the Sri Lankans would be keen to get off to an impressive start, Zimbabwe have a point to prove for sure – that they still belong at this level, and they can make a statement of intent with a competitive showing at Hambantota against their much-fancied opponents.

Wicket Keeper Kamran Akmal played a sizzling knock while Shoaib Malik came up with a cool and composed cameo as Pakistan defeated India by five wickets in the warm-up match at the Premadasa Stadium.

South Africa held onto a 9-run victory over New Zealand in a high scoring contest at the Colts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo.

Curiosity more than anything else is the biggest factor surrounding the flamboyant left-handed bat. In the sole T20 at home against New Zealand, he did not look scratchy in spite of being away from international cricket for so long.

One of the reasons why Ireland would believe that they can upset a few top teams is the presence of a supremely talented hard-hitter like Kevin in their ranks.

Afghanistan might have lost its warm-up match against West Indies by a huge margin but once again has done enough to gain respect from the cricketing world.