The fourth ICC World Twenty20 kicks off on Tuesday in what should be a very exciting international cricket spectacle.
One of the biggest international cricket events will take place this year in Sri Lanka, where the 12 top cricket teams in the world will square off for the world crown. There are no shortage of elite teams set to square off and prove who is the best cricketeting nation in the world.
2012's event will be the first Twenty20 to take place in an Asian country, as the first three were held in South Africa, England and the West Indies.
Here's a look at everything you need to know for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.
Dates: September 18 - October 7
Times: List of all matches here
TV: Sky Sports
Live Stream: Sky Go
* Sri Lanka time is 10 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern time
* Matches will not be shown on TV in the U.S.
Teams to Watch For
This is South Africa's year to reign supreme in one of the world's most widely-played sports.
They're the No. 1 ranked team in the world heading into the Twenty20, according to ESPN CricInfo. South Africa has been back and forth with England at the top of the rankings, but after a strong showing at the ICC Test Championship, they're heading in the right direction.
Leading the green and gold-clad South Africans is Graeme Smith, who was the youngest and most successful captain in their history. Smith has maintained a Test batting average of 50 and an ODI average of 40 throughout his career.
The 2009 SA Cricketer of the Year is gearing up to lead his team to their first tournament championship since 1998.
The tournament's reigning champions won't be easily beat this year.
Though they've squandered the top seed to South Africa and seem to be behind their step, the English are just as powerful as they've ever been.
England finally broke through to win it all in 2010 after two straight eliminations in the Super 8 stage, and they will use their momentum to carry them to victory yet again.
Fifth place in the world rankings is no place to be for India's national cricket team, and they'll have to prove that they belong in the top tier of international teams at the Twenty20.
After winning it all in 2007 in South Africa, they've had little success as they've been knocked out in the Super 8's in the last two tournaments.
Though, they won the cricket World Cup in 2011, which is the sport's marquee event, they've receded recently and need to prove that this 2012 team is the same one that reigned supreme last year.
Prediction: South Africa Wins
In the end, South Africa wants this more than anyone and will break through to win their first Twenty20.
England has all of the talent, but talent isn't always everything. In cricket as it is with any sport, passion and heart play as much of a factor as skill at times and those are two categories in which the English cannot compete with the South Africans.
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