Twenty 20 World Cup Starts Toda

As it is all set for the twenty 20 world cup starting (11/09/07). All the teams are geared up to face each other in next level of cricket. It is not like an ordinary cricket waiting for 50 overs to complete. The genX cricket with only 20 overs to ball and 20 over to bat. To get into the mood of 20-20 cricket we are here with some compilation of new rules charts and other data about the players. We hope the cricket fans will like this and we will be waiting for their valuable suggestions about this.

New Rules for Twenty20 is the latest version of cricket and on Tuesday the first Twenty20 World Championship starts at Johannesburg in South Africa when the hosts take on the West Indies. While the tournament has created a buzz among cricket fans not many are aware that there are some changes which have been introduced in the Twenty20 format to make it more spectator friendly.

As the name suggests each side in a Twenty20 match will bat for 20 overs with the entire duration of the match lasting only three hours with a 20-minute break between innings. To count as a completed match each side must bat for a minimum of five overs. Players sit in dugouts just outside the boundary ropes and not inside the pavilion and the incoming batsman must be ready to face the ball in only 90 seconds.

There are fielding restrictions in a Twenty20 match too, and only two fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle in the first six overs. And not more than five fielders will be outside the circle for the remaining 14 overs. Each bowler can send down a maximum of four overs each.

In a major change that will delight the batsmen after every no-ball, the next delivery will be a free hit for the striker. Moreover, the batsman cannot be dismissed off the free hit, except being run out and no change in field placement will be allowed.

The umpire will signal a free hit by raising one arm and moving it in a circular motion. One more innovation that will certainly appeal to the fans is that if the semifinals or final are tied then there will be a tie-breaker in which each team will nominate five bowlers who will have to hit the wickets at the other end and the team which achieves the maximum strikes wins the match.

No batsman will be facing when the tie-break is in progress. Also there will be a group of cheerleaders, too, for each team.