T20 World Cup 2012 Live: India VS Pakistan fever hits Asian Subcontinent
Cricket has been the lifeline of the Asian sub-continent and continues to grow on its effect. The recently concluded International Cricket Council (ICC) awards have cast light on the outstanding performances of the players from the subcontinent.
The warm-up matches between the participating teams have also augmented the interest of people all over the world. Arch rivals India and Pakistan are scheduled to lock horns today in a practice match for the world cup. Though, the results of the practice matches will not affect the standings of the teams in the tournament, every win matters.
The two South Asian stalwarts in the cricketing world are pledged enemies since the beginning of the game of fours and sixes. The encounters between the two teams have never been short of the controversial moments. Cricket is considered as a religion in these countries, so the tension is not just on the field, but it also engulfs the subcontinent. A win will no doubt boost the morale of the team and also pave the foundation for the upcoming world cup matches.
India has already won their previous warm-up match against Sri Lanka by 26 runs on September 15. Pakistan will begin their quota of practice matches against India. Sri Lankan cricket board has received a grant of £1.5million ($2.5million) sanction from the ICC for the T20 World Cup for the purpose of developing stadium facilities.
The SLC treasurer, Nuski Mohamed said, “The required equipment includes new pitch covers, and supersoppers and rollers, which had been transported in between venues during previous tournaments but cannot be moved from place to place during the World Twenty20 due to the hectic match schedule. We want to make each venue self-sufficient.”
With the World Cup being the most watched event of the ICC, the pressure on the teams to perform to their potential will grow with every match.