I am not a big fan of the T20 format of cricket where each side gets to bat for only 20 overs. Sure, it is very popular because it lasts only about three hours and thus is more commercially viable but it encourages batters to be hyper-aggressive and hit at pretty much everything, rather than play the judicious strokes that are the essence of the game.
Right now, the Asia Cup is being played in Bangladesh. where the nations vying for the trophy are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the UAE. It was expected that the final would be from the top three teams, which are the first three in that list. But Bangladesh surprised everyone by beating Pakistan and Sri Lanka and will now play India in the final on Sunday, March 6th.
It is always wonderful to see underdogs do well and I hope that they pull off a major triumph by beating India, though that will be tough because India is a formidable team.
Their fine performance will give a big boost to Bangladesh in the World T20 championships that will take place in India starting March 8th. Eight teams (including Bangladesh) will play qualifying matches from which the top two will join Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and England in the final round of the competition starting March 15th with the final being played on Sunday, April 3.
Sri Lanka are the current World T20 champions, having won the last tournament held in 2014. But they are a much weaker team this year and I would be really surprised to see them make it into even the semi-finals.