T20 World Cup History Men and Women: Back to Basics

The T20 World Cup history goes back to the year 2002 when the Benson & Hedges Cup ended, and the ECB was seeking a one-day match competition in its place. Earlier known as ICC World Twenty20, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup took its international inception in 2007.

The authorities together came to the conclusion that the tournament will be played every two years, unless in the event of an ICC Cricket World Cup being accidentally arranged the same year. In that case, the T20 tournament will be held the year before.

T20 World Cup History Background

In the year 2002, the Benson & Hedges Cup came to an end. In order to find its better alternative, the ECB needed another one-day tournament to fill its place.

Furthermore, the aim was to implement such a tournament that will become a fad for the youth in alluring massive crowds and increase sponsorships. The history of the T20 World Cup is a success story in itself as they successfully accomplished their motto of exhibiting fast-paced, exciting cricket matches accessible to countless fans who were put off by the longer versions of the game.

The marketing manager of the ECB, Stuart Robertson presented a 20 over per innings game to county chairmen in the year 2001 and the match was decided with 11–7 votes in favor of adopting the new format. The first international tournament was held in 2007, South Africa in the history ICC t20 world cup and was won by team India by beating Pakistan in the finals. 

Also Read: Men’s T20 World Cup Winners List

First-ever 20 Over Tournaments in T20 World Cup History

Fewer people know that the first official Twenty20 matches in the history of ICC T20 world cup were played on 13 June 2003 between the English counties.

The first tournament witnessed humongous success. In July 2004, the match held at Lord’s and played between Middlesex and Surrey lured a crowd of 27,509, the largest attendance for any county cricket game gathered ever after a one-day final since 1953.

The immense success of the aforementioned domestic tournament played a huge role in the history of the T20 World cup. This provoked other cricket boards to jump in the bandwagon and the popularity of the format gained unexpected crowd attendance by many folds.

It also provoked the commencement of new domestic tournaments like Pakistan’s Faysal Bank T20 Cup and Stanford 20/20 tournament while exponentially increasing the financial incentive.

The West Indies domestic teams competed in the Stanford 20/20 tournament, financially supported by convicted fraudster Allen Stanford. He funded the team with at least US $28,000,000 money, the result of his enormous Ponzi scheme. 

Inaugural tournament and Winners

2007 ICC World Cup Twenty20: India

2007 tournament plays a stagnant role in the T20 world cup history as it’s the birth of ICC 20 overs match. South Africa hosted the tournament and 12 teams participated for the trophy. India won the trophy by defeating Pakistan in the finals.

The tournament witnessed immense success as fans witnessed the world’s best cricketers playing in the new format. This is the same tournament wherein Yuvraj Singh famously hit Stuart Broad for six 6’s in one over in a 12-ball 50!

The finale was full of excitement and tension concurrently as the match was tied and the super-over decided the winner of the epic tournament. 

2009 ICC World Cup Twenty20: Pakistan

England was the host for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and they were embarrassed in the opening game as they lost to the Netherlands in a final ball thriller. Another shock was Australia who failed to progress through to the Super 8s despite usually being so consistent in international tournaments.

Previous world champions India had a very disappointing World Twenty20 as they lost all their matches in the Super 8 stage.

Pakistan made it through to their second consecutive final which they won against Sri Lanka with eight balls to spare. Shahid Afridi scored 54* from his 40 balls, while Tillakaratne Dilshan finished as the player of the tournament with a total of 317 runs.

2010 ICC World Cup Twenty20England

West Indies was the host of the third edition of ICC World Twenty20. England won the title of ICC World Cup 2010. It was a surprise for the fans and opposition teams as they win their first major-limited overs trophy.

India lost every match in the Super 8 stage, for the second tournament in a row. Australia worked hard to win the tournament along with Dirk Nannes, who took 14 wickets in the entire tournament. But, England was invincible and defeated Australia with 148 runs in the final. The Player of the tournament was Kevin Pietersen.

2012 ICC World Cup Twenty20: West Indies

The 2012 ICC world cup T20 included the same twelve teams that played in the 2010 edition along with Afghanistan and Ireland joining the ten full members. In the entire tournament, Shane Watson was the leading batsmen with a total run score of 249.

It was the same edition where Chris Gayle again proved everyone about his batting by striking 16 sixes, the most scored by any player so far. The trophy was won by the Windies for the first time by defeating defeat Sri Lanka in the final by 36 runs.

2014 ICC World Cup T20: Sri Lanka

The edition witnessed a major alteration of expanded teams. It was the first in history to feature 16 teams together with all ten full members and six associate members who needed to be qualified. This was the tournament in which countries like Nepal, Hong Kong, and the United Arab Emirates made their debut.

It was also special as Bangladesh hosted its first World Cup and the fans witnessed major records broken, commendable performances, and massive surprises. Sri Lankan bowling group including Malinga, Mendis, and Mathews enthralled in every stadium throughout the tournament.

Furthermore, the Netherlands again stunned England by defeating them by 45 runs. The final was fought between India and Sri Lanka in which Sri Lankans won the trophy which the major help of Kumar Sangakkara to a six-wicket victory.

2016 ICC World Cup Twenty20West Indies

This tournament will be always remembered for its irreplaceable last over in the finale. India hosted the 2016 World Twenty20 and again the tournament constituted with 16 teams competing like last time.

The final was between England and Windies in which Windies won the trophy by carving their name in the t20 world cup history. The match was epic as both the teams were participating vigorously to name the title by becoming the first team to win more than one World T20 title.

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup History 

Despite the cold war between both the Asian countries, India vs Pakistan match has always been very exciting in all the tournaments. Originated during the Partition of British India into India and Pakistan in the year 1947, both nations have tense relations but also share a common cricketing heritage.

When asked, fans say that they just can’t miss India vs Pakistan as it is an emotion. 2007 India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup history has its own legacy. Both the team reached into the finals after beating their strong opponents. Team India won the first-ever ICC trophy by defeating Pakistan in the climax.

To date, India and Pakistan have played only 5 matches in the t20 World Cup history. India enjoys a record of 5-0 against Pakistan against all the matches. Both arch-rivals last played in the ICC World Cup 2019 where the Indian team won the match by 89 runs.

A List of India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup History 

YearResultMan of the Match
T20 World Cup 2007Match tied (India won in the Super-over)Mohammad Asif took 4 wickets for 18 runs.
T20 World Cup 2007Team India won by 5 runs (Final)Irfan Pathan took 3 wickets for 16 runs
T20 World Cup 2012Team India won by 8 wicketsVirat Kohli scored 78 Runs and not out)
T20 World Cup 2014Team India won by 7 wicketsAmit Mishra took 2 wickets
T20 World Cup 2016India won by 6 wicketsVirat Kohli scored 55 runs in 37 balls

History of Women’s T20 World Cup

Similar to ICC Men’s T20 tournaments, the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup is also the two-yearly international competition for women’s Twenty20 International Cricket. Cricket’s governing body – International Cricket Council (ICC), organizes the event.

The first edition in the History of women’s T20 World Cup starts in 2009. England was the host for the first edition. In the initial three tournaments, there were only eight teams, but the number is continuously rising to ten from the 2014 edition and onwards.

Australia has won the tournament 5 times by making themselves invincible in the history of Women’s T20 World Cup. In 2020, the seventh edition of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup was held in Australia from 21 February to 8 March 2020.

Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted the final on International Women’s Day. The host country won the title 5th time by defeating India by 85 runs. Even after being beaten by Australia in the finals, it was a huge achievement for the team India as it was the first team in the history of women’s T20 World Cup to qualify for the semi-finals, after owning three wins from their first three matches.

History of Women’s T20 World Cup: A Complete List 

YearWinnersRunner-upsHighlightsHost
2009EnglandNew ZealandEngland won by 6 wicketsEngland
2010AustraliaNew ZealandAustralia won by 3 runsWest Indies
2012Australia EnglandAustralia won by 4 runsSri Lanka
2014Australia EnglandAustralia won by 6 wicketsBangladesh
2016West IndiesAustralia West Indies won by 8 wicketsIndia
2018AustraliaEngland Australia won by 8 wicketsWest Indies
2020AustraliaIndiaAustralia won by 85 runsAustralia
2022South Africa