Twenty 20 cricket matches are now considered as the most entertaining form of cricket while bending the rules and regulations of traditional cricket and incorporating modern entertainment like theme songs and cheerleader groups. This format of cricket was first introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board for the inter-county competition in England and Wales in 2003. There are many Twenty20 franchises who spend huge money to get famous international players to play for the franchise. So, here are the Top 10 Best T20 Teams In Cricket History.
Best T20 Teams In Cricket History
India won the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007 while defeating Pakistan in the final by five runs. In return, Pakistan won the second international tournament in 2009 and proved themselves as one of the best teams in the Twenty20 format. Some of the very best domestic championships played between privately owned Twenty20 franchises are Indian Premier League, KFC Big Bash League, Faysal Bank T20 Cup, and Sri Lanka Premier League.
10. Trinidad and Tobago
The Trinidad and Tobago cricket team represent the country of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Twenty20 championship. It is one of the most successful first-class team and Twenty20 franchise from the Caribbean and won the WICB Cup eleven times and the Regional Four Day Competition five times, and also established themselves as the reigning champion of Caribbean Twenty20 with three titles till now. They also participated and became the runners-up at the inaugural Champions league T-20.
Trinidad and Tobago use the national cricket ground Queen’s Park Oval as their home ground. Trinidad and Tobago use a Red-white-black kit for their inter-regional cricket competitions as well as the twenty 20 championships. Gus Logie is now coaching the team and West Indies national cricket team member Jason Mohammed is now captaining the team which is regarded as one of the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
9. Dhaka Gladiators
Dhaka Gladiators owner, Shihab Chowdhury has been found guilty of match fixing in the second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League by the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s Tribunal.
Players Mosharraf Hossain (Rubel), Mahbabul Alam (Robin), Darren Stevens and Gladiators officials Salim Chowdhury, Gaurav Rawat and Mohammad Rafique have been cleared of all fixing charges.
In a press release from the tribunal stated, “Shihab Jishan Chowdhury having been found guilty of the Art. 2.1.1 charge against him for being a party to an effort to fix the Chittagong match(February 2) shall attend before the Tribunal on a date to be fixed for the hearing on sanctions and costs either in person or with his legal representative.”
“The Provisional Suspension imposed upon each of Mosharraf Hossain Rubel and Mahbubul Alam Robin is lifted with immediate effect.”
8. Auckland Aces
New Zealand franchise T20 cricket club and first-class cricket team Auckland Aces is based in Auckland region, New Zealand, and participates in the HRV Twenty20 Cup. Auckland Aces Bushrangers already made their name as the most successful T20 club in New Zealand. They won the HRV Twenty20 Cup thrice that includes two consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012. Auckland Cricket Association primarily administrates this team. And, they now use a predominantly light blue kit with a navy and white trim. Besides, they now hold their place among the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
The team uses the Eden Park Outer Oval as their home grounds. HRV currently sponsors this team. Besides, Ford now sponsors the ODI team of this club. Aravinda de Silva, Aaron Finch, and Brad Hodge are some of the foreign players that played for the team. Mark O’Donnell now coaches the Auckland Aces. Besides, Michael Guptill-Bunce now captains the team.
7. Sydney Sixers
Australian franchise T20 cricket club Sydney Sixers is based in eastern Sydney, Australia, and participates in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. Sydney Sixers along with the Sydney Thunder are the successors of the New South Wales Blues. After being the successor of New South Wales Blues which previously won the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 in 2009, Sydney Sixers is the only active team from Australia to win the Champions League Twenty20 in 2012.
The team also won the Big Bash League in 2012 and became one of the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history. Sydney Sixers uses Sydney Cricket Ground as their home stadium and uses a distinctive Magenta kit since its establishment. Greg Shipperd currently coaches the team. Besides, Australian player Moises Henriques now captains this franchise.
6. Wayamba Elevens
Sri Lankan franchise T20 cricket team Wayamba elevens is based in Kurunegala representing the North Western Province of Sri Lanka and participates in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 championship and also made 2 appearances in 2010 Champions League Twenty20. Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, and Ajantha Mendis are the superstar cricketers that played for the Wayamba elevens which are regarded as one of the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
The team was previously known as the Sinhalese and during the 2007-2008 season, it was renamed as the Wayamba elevens. The team uses Welagedara Stadium as their home ground since its establishment. Lanka de Silva coaches the Wayamba elevens. Besides, Sri Lankan national cricket team Mahela Jayawardene now captains this team.
5. Lahore Lions
Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Lahore Lions now made their name as one the best among the 19 domestic teams. Lahore Regional Cricket Association established this team in 2004. They now mainly participate in Faysal Bank T20 Cup. The Lions also won the Haier T20 Cup thrice in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Besides, they established themselves as the second most successful T20 club in Pakistan after the Sialkot Stallions. They now also hold their place as one of the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
LRCA PCB currently owns this franchise. Besides, they now use CCA Ground Gaddafi Stadium as their home ground. Former Pakistani cricketer Shafiq Ahmed is currently serving as the manager of the Lahore Lions. Mohsin Kamal currently coaches this team. Besides, Pakistani cricketer and former captain Mohammad Hafeez currently captains this team.
4. Sialkot Stallions
Based in Sialkot, Punjab, Sialkot Stallions now participates in the Faysal Bank T20 Cup and RBS Twenty-20 Cup. Sialkot Stallions achieved its place as the most successful T20 team from Pakistan with their six championship titles. And, that include five consecutive titles from 2006 to 2010. They again won the cup in 2012. The team also holds the world record for a top-level Twenty20 competition with their 25 consecutive games winning streak.
The current owner of the team is Audionic, and the team uses Jinnah Stadium as their home ground. Before Audionic became the primary sponsor, Sialkot Stallions also sponsored by Canon Foam and telecommunication giant Ufone. Jaz Ahmed jr. currently coaches this team. Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik now captains the team. Besides, it now also holds its place among the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
3. Mumbai Indians
Based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, Mumbai Indians now participate in the Indian Premier League and International Champions League Twenty20. Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful T20 clubs in the IPL with its title achievement in 2013. Besides, they also won the Champions League Twenty20 in 2011 and 2013. And with that, they became the first team in the international twenty20 league to win the title more than once.
India’s biggest conglomerate, Reliance Industries, currently owns this team. And, they own it through its 98.3% share stakes by Reliance’s subsidiary IndiaWin Sports. The Mumbai Indians are sponsored by many big brands such as Idea, Hero Honda, and Adida. The team uses Wankhede Stadium as their home ground. The team is now coached by Mahela Jayawardene, and one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Rohit Sharma, is now captaining the team, and Mumbai Indians are currently regarded as one of the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
2. Victorian Bushrangers
Australian franchise T20 cricket club and first-class cricket team Victorian Bushrangers are based in Melbourne, Victoria. They now participate in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. The Victorian Bushrangers are the most successful club in the Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League. Besides, they won 4 titles till now that include three consecutive titles from 2006 to 2008. Bushrangers are primarily administered by Cricket Victoria and select its players from Melbourne’s Premier Cricket championships. Besides, the team now holds its place among the top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
The team uses a predominantly dark blue kit throughout the history of the club in all competitions. Besides, they now use Melbourne Cricket Ground as their home venue. Andrew McDonald now coaches this team. Australian player Peter Handscomb currently captains the team replacing log-time captain Cameron White.
1. Chennai Super Kings
Indian franchise T20 cricket team Chennai Super Kings is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. They now participate in the Indian Premier League and International Champions League Twenty20. The Super Kings are the most successful club in the IPL with their two consecutive titles in 2010 and 2011. They also won the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 while becoming the first Indian team to win the international league. It is the most valuable franchise in the IPL with an estimated brand value of $75.13 million.
The current owner of the team is India Cements, and the team uses M. A. Chidambaram Stadium as their home ground. It is sponsored by many big brands such as Aircel, Gulf Oil, Pepsi, Reebok, Usha, Nissan Motors, and UST Global. The team is now coached by Stephen Fleming and one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, M. S. Dhoni, is now captaining the team. Chennai Super Kings did their best since they started participating in the IPL. And now, they secure the top place in the list of top 10 best T20 teams in cricket history.
Other notable mentions on this list as the best Twenty20 franchise covering domestic and international leagues are Mountaineers from Zimbabwe, The Unlimited Titans and Cape Cobras from South Africa, Rajshahi Division from Bangladesh, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals from India, Faisalabad Wolves and Rawalpindi Rams from Pakistan and Leicestershire Foxes from England. There are many more teams is yet to appear in domestic leagues as the Twenty20 industry is on the way to the top of the popularity.