2nd T20 World Cup to be more exciting than 1st edition: Morgan
With all the participating sides having gained more experience of the shortest format of the game, the second ICC World Twenty20 will see "more excellent cricketing action" than the first edition in South Africa, ICC chief David Morgan said in London on Thursday.Updated: Jun 04, 2009 23:02 IST
With all the participating sides having gained more experience of the shortest format of the game, the second ICC World Twenty20 will see "more excellent cricketing action" than the first edition in South Africa, ICC chief David Morgan said in London on Thursday.
"We have assembled the world's best teams together in one location for what I believe will be a world-class event of nation versus nation cricket," he said on the eve of the prestigious event starting on Friday.
"The inaugural ICC World T20 in South Africa in 2007 was a significant success and two years further on and with all the sides having had more experience of the format, I am sure we are in for more excellent cricketing action," he added.
"I know England and Wales Cricket Board, tournament director Steve Elworthy, his staff and four venues -- Lord's, The Oval, Trent Bridge and Taunton -- have put in a tremendous amount of hard work ahead of this event and I am sure we will see the fruits of those efforts in the next few weeks."
Morgan urged upon spectators to bear with the enhanced security measures meant for a safe and secure tournament.
"With large crowds expected I urge spectators to arrive at the venues in plenty of time ahead of the start of matches as the realities of the modern world mean enhanced security measures to seek to ensure everyone is safe and secure," he said.
"The ICC World Twenty20 2009 is part of a fantastic year of cricket in all three formats of the game at international level during the ICC's centenary year, with high-profile Test cricket such as the Ashes series and the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa to follow," Morgan said.
"I want to wish the players of all sides and the match officials every success during the event and I look forward to the matches being played in the spirit of cricket, with passion but also with sportsmanship and enjoyment because that is what our great sport is all about," he added.
Morgan was also happy that the inaugural ICC Women's World Twenty20 is also being held simultaneously in England.
"And I am delighted that, for the first time, we have been able to incorporate the women's and men's tournaments.
"With the semi-finals and finals of those two tournaments being played on the same days at the same venues, it will provide women's cricket with a wonderful stage as we look to continue its development, from an extremely successful ICC Women's World Cup in Australia earlier this year."
First Published: Jun 04, 2009 23:00 IST