International Cricket Council (ICC) President David Morgan is looking forward to seeing the ICC World Twenty20 showcase the unique contribution cricket in the Caribbean has made to the game.
“Over the next 17 days, I am looking forward to a celebration of all that’s good about West Indies cricket. We’re encouraging the people of the Caribbean to bring their enthusiasm and passion for cricket to the matches and make it a memorable event for everyone involved," Morgan said.
“Bring your musical instruments, your songs and cheers, your flags, banners and colourful costumes. And, above all, bring that party spirit for which cricket matches in the West Indies are famous.
“The West Indies holds a special place in the international cricket family, having contributed some of the all-time great of the game. But I believe there are still great times ahead for cricket in this part of the world and the successful staging of this event is part of that positive future.
“I want to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland for making it through the tough qualifying stages to be here and I would like to extend my best wishes to all 12 of the men’s teams and the eight women’s teams as they will all play their part in this festival of cricket. Good luck to all of you.”
The tournament gets underway when New Zealand take on Sri Lanka in Guyana ahead of hosts the West Indies playing Ireland.
The women's tournament begins on 5th May.
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