|2010 ICC World Twenty20|
|2010 ICC World Twenty20 Logo.svg|
|Administrator||International Cricket Council|
|Cricket Format||Twenty20 International|
|Tournament Format||Group stage and Knockout|
|Most runs||Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene (302)|
|Most wickets||Australia Dirk Nannes (14)|
|Official website||Official website|
The 2010 ICC World Twenty20 was the third ICC World Twenty20 competition, an international Twenty20 cricket tournament that was held in the West Indies between 30 April and 16 May 2010. It was won by England, who defeated Australia in the final. Kevin Pietersen was named as player of the tournament.
Although the tournament was held every two years beginning in 2007, the scheduled ICC Champions Trophy one-day international tournament to be held in the West Indies in 2010 was revised to a Twenty20 format because the 2008 Champions Trophy tournament in Pakistan was postponed due to security concerns and there was a need to correct the international cricketing tournament calendar. This ICC World Twenty20 took place only 10 months after the last one. As before, the tournament featured 12 teams – the Test-playing nations and two qualifiers. Matches were played at three grounds – Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados; Providence Stadium in Providence, Guyana; and Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. The tournament was organised in parallel with the women's tournament, with the men's semi-finals and final each being preceded by the semi-finals and final from the women's event.
- Main article: 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
All matches will be played at the following three grounds:
|Gros Islet, St Lucia||Bridgetown, Barbados||Providence, Guyana|
| Beausejour Stadium|
| Kensington Oval|
| Providence Stadium|
Rules and regulations
During the group stage and Super Eight, points are awarded to the teams as follows:
|No result||1 point|
In case of a tie (i.e. both teams score exactly the same number of runs at the end of their respective innings), a Super Over decides the winner. This is applicable in all stages of the tournament.
Within each group (of both group and Super Eight stages), teams are ranked against each other based on the following criteria:
- Higher number of points
- If equal, higher number of wins
- If still equal, higher net run rate
- If still equal, lower bowling strike rate
- If still equal, result of head to head meeting.
The groups were announced on 4 July 2009. The initial four group format is the same as that used at the 2009 tournament. Team seed in brackets.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Pakistan (1)||Sri Lanka (2)||South Africa (3)||West Indies (4)|
|Bangladesh (9)||New Zealand (5)||India (7)||England (6)|
- Afghanistan and Ireland qualified via the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
- As Zimbabwe withdrew from the 2009 competition, they failed to achieve a seed for the 2010 competition.
- As Ireland reached the Super Eight stage of the 2009 competition, they would have been the eighth seed if they were a Test-playing nation. Therefore, an eighth seed is missing from the competition.
- Main article: 2010 ICC World Twenty20 squads