We may have previously given the impression that Twenty 20 is a puerile and meaningless form of cricket, sustained only by the basest commercial motives, and misappropriated by greedy and insolent charlatans from India.
We have, perhaps, also inadvertently implied that Twenty 20 is nothing more than a crude and garish piece of exhibitionist nonsense, with no relevance to the game’s true soul or heritage.
However, following Sunday’s historic events in Barbados, we now realise that Twenty 20 is in fact the most important and prestigious form of cricket ever played.
That much is evident from the classical purity of England’s triumphant performances throughout the tournament, culminating in the victory over Australia which revealed the T20 format as the very pinnacle and definition of the game.
And which patriotic English supporter’s heart didn’t swell with pride as they witnessed the flair and skill of Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen take our side to the verge of glory.
It is our view that all other kinds of cricket, apart from the 2005 and 2009 Ashes series, are complete bollocks and don’t count. Especially the last four 50-over World Cups.
In fact, so perfect a tournament was the 2010 World T20, that we see no need for the tournament ever to be played again. Why sully the memory of something so flawless and wonderful with a lame re-hash of the past? England are world champions: a conclusion has been reached; the circle is complete. Can’t we just leave it there?