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Ducking stool at Twenty20 World Cup?

india Updated: Sep 04, 2006 14:38 IST
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South Africa, hosts of the Twenty20 World Cup in September next year, are planning to incorporate some of the fun activities of domestic Pro20 matches into the much-hyped inaugural competition.

Tournament Director Steve Elworthy said domestic Pro20 cricket had been enormously successful in South Africa and the local organisers were looking into the possibility of having some of its popular aspects in the World Cup.

"Domestic Pro20 cricket had been enormously successful in South Africa. Some of the reasons for this are the fun activities that we have incorporated into the competition, such as the ducking stool, where spectators are dumped into a pool when a boundary is struck," Elworthy said.

"But we will be working closely with the policy committee and the ICC to see what can be incorporated," he was quoted as saying in the media.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive, Gerald Majola, said the six Test-playing venues in South Africa had been asked to submit proposals to the tournament Policy Committee within the next three weeks.

"The Policy Committee will meet in the first week in October to discuss the venues and the format of the competition, which will take place from September 14 to 23," said Majola.

Twelve teams - the 10 Test teams - and two associate teams will take part in the inaugural tournament.

He said the venues would be determined by variety of factors. "It's early in the season, and being September, rain could be a factor in determining which venues will be selected."

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