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Live the Game - Official Programme  of T20 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021

Live the Game
Official Programme of T20 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021

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Live the Game - Official Programme of T20 ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 is an outstanding publication, which profiles the biggest personalities of the game and includes all the players participated in the just concluded event.

Live the Game, the official anthem of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021, composed by renowned Indian music director Amit Trivedi was launched on September 23, 2021.

The contents of the Official Programme include Welcome messages, match schedule, event preview, event history, India's T20 Revolution, T20 Going from strength to strength, World is West Indies' stage, six of the best, stat attack, big hitters, supreme bowlers, the venues, T20 Quiz, The squads and finally the event match officials.

Chris Stocks believes Twenty20 has come a long way in 18 years. Launched in 2003 as an attempt to revive dwindling crowds in English county cricket, the format has since gone on to become a global phenomenon. "For batters, the freedom to explore and innovate has led to ever-more-inventive methods of scoring and has seen shots such as the ramp pervade every other format. For bowlers, variations that were borne out of necessity in 20-over cricket have now become established across the game. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ODI cricket, where the art of death bowling has been enhanced immeasurably by the influence of T20. Off the field, the use by teams of data, analytics and statistics that were first established in T20 have also now become integral in every other format."

According to the The Official Programme, it's safe to say that Chris Gayle doesn't need much of an introduction - although there's no doubt he would certainly enjoy one. Twice an ICC Men's T20 World Cup winner in 2012 and 2016, the legendary West Indies batter's name is synonymous with the greatest of cricketing greats.

Released well before the commencement of the tournament, the writer previewing the event, remarked that plenty has changed since the 2016 edition of the tournament, but one thing remains the same: guaranteed world-class, entertaining T20 cricket. When Covid-19 caused the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia to be postponed until 2022, anticipation for the 2021 event increased further. India was initially due to play host but the ongoing effects of the pandemic caused a change of plan back in June, as the tournament was moved to the Middle East.

Fifteen questions provide the cricket enthusiasts a chance to test knowledge of ICC Men's T20 World Cup. It includes the bowler delivering the fastest delivery in the history of the event; the average score batting first in ICC Men's World Cup matches and the fielder taking the match-winning catch in the inaugural final way back in 2007.

Under the Supreme Bowlers' section, officially the world's number one T20I bowler, South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi comes into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup with high expectations. Fortunately for the left-arm wrist-spinner, he also arrives to the event in excellent form, having recently taken his first five-wicket haul in ODI against Sri Lanka before following that up with four more wickets in the 3-0 series whitewash in the T20s.

Attractively laid out, well illustrated, the Official Programme is logically organised.

Great men and moments are remembered in affectionate detail in the book, which is a delightfully interesting and compelling read from start to finish. There are many enjoyable pictures both of famous players who took part, of grounds and of match incidents.