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World Twenty20 officially launched

cricket Updated: Jul 27, 2007 13:53 IST

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) officially launched the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007, at the Northgate Dome at Johannesburg on Friday.

The launch marked the official countdown, showcasing the new ICC World T20 identity in an exhibition of activations in line with the local 20 over sportainment themes.

The 13-day, 12-nation event starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on September 11 with the first match between hosts South Africa and the West Indies. The final will be held at the same venue on September 24.

CSA President Norman Arendse said, "It is indeed an honour for Cricket South Africa to host the inaugural ICC World Twenty20, making history in doing so."

"The ICC has shown its confidence in South Africa's ability to host world class events after the 2003 Cricket World Cup."

"The fact that the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup will also be held in South Africa shows the international communitys faith in South Africa hosting major sporting events."

"It is however sad to note that whilst the T20 was awarded to South Africa when Percy Sonn was President of the ICC, we have since witnessed his passing with great sadness. The ICC World T20 South Africa will be dedicated to his memory."

The tournament will be played in three venues around the country, the Wanderers, Johannesburg; Kingsmead, Durban and Newlands, Cape Town.

ICC President Ray Mali said, "I am looking forward to the ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007 with a mix of pride and excitement."