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The splendid beginning: Chris Cairns and Hamish Marshall pose in their retro 80's uniforms. The neighboring countries of Australia and New Zealand participated in the first ever Twenty20 International match on February 17, 2005 in Auckland, New Zealand.Twenty20 is the newest form of cricket in which each team bats for a maximum of only 20 overs a side, with each innings lasting for 80 minutes. Twenty20 cricket was first introduced at county level by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2003 and such was the success of this format of the sport, the game quickly spread around the world with the first full men's Twenty20 international taking place in February 2005 between New Zealand and Australia. The ICC Board agreed to the inclusion of an ICC World Twenty20 competition at a meeting in April 2006. It was agreed that the inaugural event would take place in South Africa in September 2007, with the second event scheduled for England and Wales during the ICC's Centenary Year in 2009. The remaining period up to 2015 will be taken up either by one or two further ICC World Twenty20 competition, depending on the success of those first two events.
Twenty20 International Teams
The nations are listed below with the date of each nation's Twenty20 International debut shown in brackets.
Australia (17th February, 2005)
New Zealand (17th February, 2005)
England (13th June, 2005)
South Africa (21st October, 2005)
West Indies (16th February, 2006)
Sri Lanka (15th June, 2006)
Pakistan (28th August, 2006)
Bangladesh (28th November, 2006) Zimbabwe (28th November, 2006)
India (1st December, 2006)
Statistics and Rankings
With Twenty20 still in its infancy, statistics are of limited interest. There is an unofficial ranking of all domestic teams around the world, known as the Bartercard Power Rankings. The ratings are said to be based on factors including runs scored, totals chased the loss of wickets and margins of victory, though no details of the calculations are in the public domain. The whole area of statistics and rankings is likely to move forward rapidly with the increased exposure expected from the World Championship in September 2007.