The ICC T20 Cricket Champions
The inaugural ICC T20 world cup was contested in South Africa from 11 to 24 September 2007. 12 teams took part in the event, 10 test playing nations and the finalists of the 2007 WCL Division One tournament that included Scotland and Kenya. Teams were divided into 4 groups of 3 teams each. Group A consisting of the hosts, West Indies and Bangladesh got things underway in a thrilling encounter between South Africa and West Indies were Chris Gayle smashed a record 117 runs, but wasn’t enough to prevent the hosts from winning.
The first semi-final took place in Cape Town between New Zealand and Pakistan, in a game that saw Pakistan progress to the final through a 6 wicket victory.
The second semi-final in Durban was between India and Australia, were India won by 15 runs to face Pakistan in the final.
In a star-studded final played in Johannesburg, Pakistan fell 5 runs short to let India win the tournament.
The 2009 ICC Twenty20 World Cup
The international tournament took place in England in June 2009. It was the second Twenty20 world cup after the inaugural tournament held in South Africa. As before, 12 teams took part in an enthralling tournament. Zimbabwe under pressure from South Africa and England over political issues relating to Mugabe pulled out of the tournament of their own volition.
Pakistan beat South Africa by 7 runs at Trent Bridge the semi-final to reach the final once again, and at the Oval Srilanka beat the West Indies in the second semi-final by 57 runs to secure a final spot at Lord’s.
The 2010 ICC Twenty20 world Cup
This was the third ICC Twenty20 world cricket championship, and the tournament was held in the West Indies from 30 April to 16 May. The tournament was won by England, who beat Australia in the final. Kevin Pietersen was named player of the tournament.
As the tournament took place every 2 years since its inauguration, the ICC Champions Trophy 2008 to be held in Pakistan was postponed due to security concerns, and later revised to the Twenty20 format held in West Indies. Like-wise, 12 teams took part in 4 groups of 3 teams each.
The first semi-final between England and Srilanka was played in St Lucia where England won by 7 wickets. The second semi-final at the same venue pitted Australia against Pakistan in match the Aussies won by 3 wickets.
The final match in Barbados on May 16 saw England beat Australia by 7 wickets to lift their first silverware in a limited overs world tournament.
The 2012 ICC Twenty20 World Cup
This was the fourth ICC Twenty20 cricket tournament, and it was held in Srilanka from 18 September to 7 October 2012. The West Indies won the tournament.
12 teams took part in the event till the knockout stages. Srilanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs in the first semi-final to reach the final. West Indies beat Australia by 36 runs in the second semi-final to set a date in the final.
The final on 7 October saw the West Indies beat Srilanka by 36 runs using the Duckworth method to lift their first championship in years.