Coming hard on the heels of the IPL is the 2010 T20 World Cup as all the big names head to the Caribbean to play in the third staging of the tournament with the betting for the International event looking as open and as exciting as ever. T20 fever is continuing to grow with every passing year and interest has never been greater following a brilliant IPL season out in India recently. Rarely in the past have an England team looked so strong heading into an International tournament but Paul Collingwood’s men head to the West Indies with genuine chances of doing well over the next couple of weeks. The format of Twenty20 Cricket of course means that any team can have a good tournament and go all the way but with the batting line-up in particular looking exciting for England it could be an interesting tournament. Online Betting is going to be very active in the next forthnight with all the bookies offering good Free Bets for the tournament including Bet365 who offer £200 as an introductory bonus for new customers.
The T20 World Cup Odds are telling us that England are one of the outsiders when it comes to the Test playing nations but that means there is some good value on offer for cricket punters. There are some new stars in the England team with the explosive pairing of Michael Lumb and Craig Kieswetter set to open the batting. They will be backed up by the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood which on paper looks an extremely strong team that is capable of blowing away any team on a good day. They will need to find their feet quickly though with a tough match against the host the West Indies in their opening T20 World Cup fixture to contend with. The usual teams head the T20 World Cup Betting with Australia and South Africa fighting it out for overall favouritism for the tournament. The Aussies are looking strong with David Warner their star man at the top of the innings and he showed what he could do with some big hitting in the IPL, if he can fire then Australia should be able to justify favouritism out in the Caribbean. South Africa head to most tournaments well backed and they once again look very strong ahead of this one. They have a strong experienced batting line-up which is backed up by the bowlers which include Dale Steyn who is considered the best fast bowler in the world at the moment. The worry for their punters will be that they tend to crack under the pressure of being well fancied and that is a tag they will need to shake off if they are to realise their potential in this World Cup.
The defending champions are Pakistan after they won the tournament in England last year and they are a fascinating team once again this time, they have been through some turmoil in recent months with various players getting banned but they love to play T20 Cricket so cannot be ruled out. In Shahid Afridi they have a Captain and a player who is capable of winning any match on his own but it would be a surprise if they managed to defend their title as the latest betting suggests. Their biggest rivals are of course India and they look to have a strong looking squad in this form of the game, they are hugely experienced in this format with all their players taking part in the IPL which could prove crucial. They are missing Virender Sehwag but Virat Kohli had a great time with the Chennai Super Kings and could well be one of the stars of the tournament for the Indians. Twenty20 Cricket is unpredictable by its very nature but we do like the chances of England to do well during this tournament if their batting line-up fires as expected. It will no doubt be a Festival of big hitting as Tweenty20 always is and this year’s tournament looks extremely competitive from a playing and a betting point of view.
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