While the IPL is about to stop in the next 3 days in the country, the 20th season of T-20 Blast, the oldest league of T20 cricket, started in England yesterday. A total of 126 matches will be going to play in this league of 18 teams. Today the game is between Northamptonshire and Durham from 11:00 pm Indian time. The final match will take place on 16 July.
Organized by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the T20 Blast League is the oldest professional T20 league in the world. Its first season was played in 2003. From here T20 cricket spread worldwide and became the most popular format of the game. Leicestershire is the most successful team in this tournament, having won the title 3 times.
Both teams have played 19 matches so far. Northamptonshire has an edge in head-to-head competition. They have won 9 matches while Durham has 8.
Northamptonshire Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Ben Curran, Joshua Cobb (c), Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, James Sales, Matthew Kelly, Ben Sanderson, Freddie Heldreich
Durham Probable XI: Graham Clark, Michael Jones, Ollie Robinson (wk), Ashton Turner (c), David Bedingham, Ned Eckersley, Ben Raine, Brydon Carse, Paul Coughlin, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Borthwick
T20 Blast is a league in England, but every year famous players from all over the world take part. Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine for Surrey, Harris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Dimuth Karunaratne for Yorkshire. Similarly, Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo for Worcestershire, Carlos Brathwaite, and Paul Stirling for Birmingham. Also, Mohammad Rizwan and Rashid Khan is the part of Sussex.
Some other players to watch out for are Dan Christian, Jimmy Neesham, Chris Lynn, Shaheen Afridi, Tim David, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Marnus Labuschagne, and Daniel Sams will also play.
With each match that I watch, my love for the game just increases. All I dream of is to join my passion for writing with that of the game and pen down the live-action.
As a person, I am a quick learner and work well in a team for that is what wins the series.