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World Cup To Indian T20 League: Cricket In 2022

After a tumultuous year of cricket, the Indian cricket team is gearing up for another action-packed year. 2021 saw India lose to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final, a historic early victory for Australia in the Ashes and Rohit Sharma’s appointment as limited-overs captain of the Indian cricket team. The 2021 T20 World Cup saw Australia lift their first-ever world title in the shortest format of the game, while Team Chennai once again lifted the Indian T20 League title.

As players and fans gear up for another tightly scheduled year of cricket, we take a look at the most exciting tournaments to watch out for in 2022:

 

INDIA TOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA

India have made a fantastic start to their historic tour of South Africa by gaining an upper hand in the first Test in Centurion. After conquering the bastions of Australia and England earlier in the year, South Africa remains the last major country where India are yet to win a Test series. With Virat Kohli fully focussing on his captaincy duties in the longest format of the game, the talented Indian lineup has a chance to finally lift a trophy in South Africa.

The second and third Tests of the series will take place in the first two weeks of January, and with the Ashes coming to an early end, fans across the world will be eagerly following the Indian team’s fortunes against the Proteas. A three-match ODI series then follows where India will be led by newly-appointed captain Rohit Sharma on overseas conditions.

 

INDIAN T20 LEAGUE

The Indian T20 League will return to Indian stadiums after shifting to the UAE for its second leg in 2021. Two new teams – Team Lucknow and Team Ahmedabad – will join the existing eight teams in a new format, expanding the horizons of the game. The teams have announced their retentions earlier this month, and a mega auction is set to take place during which the clubs would look to corner the likes of David Warner, KL Rahul and Rashid Khan.

Team Chennai are the defending champions and would like to retain their title to give their captain and talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni a memorable farewell. While the official schedule is yet to be announced, the tournament is most likely to take place in April and May, giving Indian fans an exciting summer of cricket.

 

INDIA TOUR OF ENGLAND

An early end to the India tour of England earlier this year saw the cancellation of the fifth Test in the historic series. India lead the series 2-1 with historic wins at Lord’s and the Oval – two legendary grounds where every team yearns to come out victorious. The fifth and final Test of the series would take place from July 1 at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Test will be followed by a swift bout of three ODIs and three T20Is, giving the Indian team a good opportunity to fine-tune their team for the T20 World Cup.

 

T20 CRICKET WORLD CUP

The eighth edition of the T20 World Cup will take place in October and November 2022 in Australia. The pandemic has caused the disruption of the scheduled tournaments, with Australia originally scheduled to host the 2020 T20 World Cup. But the shifting of the 2021 World Cup to the UAE and Oman has given the hosts the opportunity to enter the tournament as defending champions.

A total of 16 teams will take part in the competition, with eight teams – Australia, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan and South Africa – gaining direct entry into the Super 12 stage. Namibia, Scotland, Sri Lanka and the West Indies will play in Round 1. The four remaining spots at Australia 2022 will be filled via the ongoing qualification pathway. The finals of the tournament will be hosted by the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 13th November.

 

ASIA CUP

The 15th edition of the Asia Cup is set to take place in Sri Lanka in 2022, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka reaching a deal to let the former host the 2023 edition of the tournament. Originally scheduled to be held in September 2020, the Asia Cup has lost its lustre in recent years due to the fall in standards of cricket in both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. But the recent rise of Pakistan in the shortest format of the game, including their recent run in the T20 World Cup tournament, has the chance to breathe fresh life into the subcontinental fixture.

India are the defending champions and are likely to field a completely different team as they have done this year in their tour of Sri Lanka.

 

 

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