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It was WSC which made the 50over for­mat widely pop­u­lar and led to re­newed in­ter­est in cricket, and now Chap­pell fore­sees the In­dian Premier League tak­ing Twenty20 cricket to new audiences.

“I can see the day when IPL be­comes a world for­mat and we’ll have New York play­ing Bom­bay play­ing Bei­jing play­ing Syd­ney play­ing Lon­don,” he said.

Whichever way the game moves, Chap­pell said some­thing needed to be done to en­sure its sur­vival in the Caribbean.

The West Indies has slipped a long way since it dom­i­nated the in­ter­na­tional game in the 1970s and 80s.

“The re­gion of the West Indies has been one of the great cricket-play­ing re­gions and it would be an ab­so­lute tragedy in my view if (cricket) lost the West In­dian re­gion,” Chap­pell said.

“I’m hope­ful that some of the work that’s be­ing done to help West In­dian cricket be­come strong again is suc­cess­ful, be­cause they’re a very im­por­tant mem­ber of the cricket fam­ily.

“It’s not go­ing to be easy but if the will is there hope­fully we can help it.” – Sapa-AP

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