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Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009

Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009Changing the face of the world’s
  favourite summer pastime, Twenty20
  cricket is becoming the biggest
  sporting phenomenon on the planet
  If you want to gain a better under-
  standing of this revolution in cricket,
  the Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 by
  Chris Hawkes is a must-have.

MANY THOUSANDS OF BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN on cricket, covering all forms of the game. But there aren't that many on what is now regarded as the world's fastest growing spectator sport: Twenty20 Cricket.

Not just a jargon busting guide to this brand new world that is 20-over-a-side cricket, the Guide tells the story of how India's success in that competition inspired dramatic changes in world cricket as well as the origins of the game.

Lavishly produced in a softback cover by Carlton Books, The Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 by Chris Hawkes covers, very adequately, that gap in the market. As befits the character of Twenty20 Cricket, the guide does not stint on razzmatazz. It is glitzy, in-your-face and packed with action and photographs (including, perhaps inevitably, scantily-clad cheerleaders on the front cover, with more inside!). Wisden collectors bear with me — the Guide also has a serious side, packed as it is with facts and statistics.

Chris Hawkes, former first class cricketer and editor of the very popular Cricketers' Who's Who, is a very creditable author. As well as previewing the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 (Men's and Women's), the Indian Premier League and the Domestic Twenty20 Cup, the Guide covers the origins of Twenty20 Cricket (the first match took place auspiciously on Friday 13 July, 2003) and provides a comprehensive review of the 2007/2008 season, including a global round up of Twenty20 Cricket.

The 2007/8 season provided three landmarks in cricket's history: The inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa; The Indian Premier League with its Bollywood-style glamour; and a unique type of inter-city cricket that captured the imagination of everyone involved in the game.

Everyone watching knew the sport could never be the same again. Player auctions will become a season's highlight, 20-over tournaments will become a major part of the game's gossip and big money matches will become the norm — the 2008 Indian Premier League raised US$1.8 billion in revenue even before a ball had been bowled.

The ill-fated Allen Stanford US$20 Million-Dollar game played in November 2008 is also covered and, in the light of subsequent developments, makes sad reading.

In his introduction to the Guide, Chris Hawkes provides a balanced and realistic assessment of the role — and worth — of Twenty20 Cricket and how it can form a part of the cricket world of the future. Whilst cricket purists may continue to look sceptically at the 'slog game', reading the Guide should nevertheless help everyone to gain a better understanding of this new and vibrant form of the game. Consequently, it is a welcome addition to the bookshelves of every cricket fan.

Published by Carlton Books, packed with features and fully illustrated, Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 is the indispensable guide to the world's fastest-growing sport and is available now in paperback from all good book stores at a RRP of 12.99.

"Twenty20 Cricket Guide 2009 is a welcome addition to the bookshelves of every cricket fan" — Peter Brownlow, MotorBar

GROWING UP IN LEICESTERSHIRE, Chris Hawkes once found himself on the same rugby pitch as future World Cup winner and England Captain Martin Johnson. He also prospered at cricket, representing England at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 level and spent a number of years as a professional with Leicestershire CCC.

After retiring from cricket, he moved into publishing, becoming the editor of the very popular Cricketers' Who's Who. His books include: The Complete Encyclopaedia of Golf (with Ted Barrett); Cricket World Cup 2007 Guide; ITV Sport Rugby World Cup Guide 2007; and 1001 Sporting Records.