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T20 World Cup 2010: competition among the most abled or the freshest?

The next edition of the T20 world cup is upon us and a rather strange question has entered my mind. This is regarding the state of the current teams, i.e. in regard to their overall conditioning and their preparedness. As assumed, most of the test matches have been wrapped-up since the shortest format of the game will be played in the world cup in the Caribbean and it just doesn’t make sense to carry on playing for five days when the matches will last for just about 3 hours. However, it should be said that each team seems to have taken upon a totally different approach to prepare itself. While teams like India are simply overworked, there are others like the Kiwis and the Poms who seem to have it rather lightly. Matches in the Aussie domestic circuit are still going on, so these guys would be in good knick but what about the rest of the international teams that either have their players scattered around, playing in the IPL, or simply cooling their heels? The timing of IPL2010 has made it sure that none of the nations could have gone ahead with a prestigious, local T20 tournament that would have been a great help. The IPL doesn’t give chance to entire teams to hone their skills.

In that regard, the case of Pakistan seems even stranger—when was the last time any of them even played a T20 or are they now busy fighting each other in some wrestling arena? I would not bank upon India considering how overworked these guys are and nearly half the squad is carrying some form of injury.

7 comments:

  1. do u think the west indies have some kind of advantage since they would be playing in front of the home crowd and in their local conditions?

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  2. I seriously doubt that. the main issue with the WI is that they lack the intensity that is present in some of the other international teams. just look at gayle. i understand that has his own style of being aggressive but the captain cannot sleepwalk on the field when his team needs constant motivation.

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  3. I dont like to say it but the fact is that the aussies are still the favorites considering their bowling can be hostile and most of their players are fresh and they all field very well

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  4. Aussies really? I would not bet my money on this opinion though they do look real good. the Lankans or the Indians could be the winners....just look how much T20 they have been playing lately

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  5. I still feel that the Aussies have an edge considering their overall balance. Don't think Pakistan can really compete, considering the kind of mess they are in and India has exposed its players too much with this ipl thing.

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  6. I guess nobody is too crazy about Pakistan? just remember this team is the eternal jack in the box and spring a surprise or a shock I must say, when you least expect it

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  7. I still feel that the west indies themselves could be the team to watch out. they tend to pick up their game immensely when playing in front of their home crowd. yes, the best bet though seems to be the Aussies.

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