With just 100 days to go until the start of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, tournament director Robert Bryan says that excitement is already building ahead of the second global cricket event to be held in the Caribbean in the 21st century.
The 2007 World Cup, which saw Australia beat Sri Lanka in the final, was the last ICC event to be held in the West Indies although the ICC World Twenty20 will be a much shorter affair.
“Coming into 2010 we have seen increased interest in the tournament with more fans enquiring about and indeed buying tickets. They realise that we’re just three months away from the biggest Twenty20 party and there’s a huge amount of talk and excitement about it,” he said.
“We have the best of the best in international cricket coming to the West Indies for two weeks of riveting action in men’s and women’s cricket and fans don’t want to miss out,” he said, talking at a ceremony in Saint Lucia.
“There will be a final venue inspection later this month to ensure that all elements of preparation are progressing as they should be and to check out the venues and the renovations that are being done to make them ready for match day. We are pleased with how things have been going and we expect to deliver a superb, world-class spectacle of which the West Indies can be proud,” he added.
“The ICC WT20 project team has been working closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as Sports Saint Lucia Inc. to bring Beausejour up to the required standard. This work began last November and is scheduled to be finished by month-end (January 2010)."
The men's tournament gets underway on 30th April when New Zealand play Sri Lanka and the West Indies play a qualifier before the women's tournament begins on 5th May.
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