West Indies to host World Twenty20

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua --  “The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is delighted with the decision of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to make the 2010 International Champions Trophy (ICT) an ICC World Twenty20 and the WICB is extremely excited to be hosting it.”  So states WICB President, Dr. Julian Hunte, in an official release on Friday as he welcomed the decision from the ICC. ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat made the announcement at a media conference in India.

Dr. Hunte added: “The people of the Caribbean have been already exposed to the shortest form of the game through the Stanford 20/20 tournament and they have embraced it. This event will allow us to take advantage of some of the outstanding stadia built or renovated for use in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in order to showcase cricket at the elite level."

Dr. Hunte went on: “We have already begun to put in place, the necessary logistics to administer a tournament of this scale and we are also fortunate to have an army of experienced volunteers from last year's tournament ready to help make things run smoothly.

"We look forward to hosting a great event for the people of the Caribbean and providing our traditional level of warm hospitality to what we hope will be a large number of visitors."

The tournament was originally scheduled to be an ICC Champions Trophy but the ICC Board agreed it would switch to the shorter format to achieve a better mix of tournaments. It will take place between April 23 and May 9 2010 (the same duration as the 2009 event in England) and will be staged at three venues to be chosen by the ICC Board in January 2009 following nominations from the WICB.
 
Explaining the decision, Mr Lorgat said: “With the ICC Champions Trophy being the final major ICC event of 2009, and the ICC Cricket World Cup being another 50 over event in 2011, it makes perfect sense to have a tournament of a different format in between.

“It means we will avoid staging the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Cricket World Cup close together, as happened in 2002-03 and 2006-07.  “We will aim to make both those events special to ensure we have a great blend of the ICC’s three majors, with two ICC World Twenty20s (2009 in England and 2010 in the West Indies) as well as an ICC Champions Trophy (in 2009) and an ICC Cricket World Cup (in 2011) over the next three years.”
 
According to a media release, the ICC is examining the feasibility of continuing to stage a women’s Twenty20 event at the same time as the men’s tournament (as will happen with the 2009 event in England) and the ICC Board will make a decision on that matter in due course. The ICC Development Committee will consider the process to decide which of the leading Associate Member teams will take part in the tournament.