T20 a suc­cess

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In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dave Richard­son com­mended CWI for host­ing the event that fea­tured un­prece­dented at­ten­dances across three venues.

Speak­ing af­ter the fi­nal be­tween Aus­tralia and Eng­land that at­tracted more than 10 000 spec­ta­tors at the Vi­vian Richards Sta­dium in An­tigua, the for­mer South Africa wick­et­keeper/bats­man said it was likely the tour­na­ment would trig­ger greater in­volve­ment in the women’s game.

“On be­half of the ICC, I would like to con­grat­u­late Cricket West Indies for or­gan­is­ing a tour­na­ment that proved to be a cel­e­bra­tion of cricket. The crowds came out in thou­sands to watch and the tour­na­ment dis­played the love peo­ple in this part of the world have for the game,” Richard­son said.

“We saw some mem­o­rable per­for­mances and mile­stones be­ing achieved and I would like to thank all the teams for putting up their best and show­ing the world what women’s cricket is all about. The ICC is com­mit­ted to back­ing both women’s cricket and the T20 for­mat, and this tour­na­ment has played a sig­nif­i­cant part in that.

“This tour­na­ment has been watched around the world and I’m sure the qual­ity of cricket dis­played dur­ing the tour­na­ment will in­spire girls across con­ti­nents to pick up a bat or a ball and play cricket.”

Third time

It was the third time that a global event had been played in the Caribbean, fol­low­ing the World Cup in 2007 and the men’s and women’s ver­sions of the World T20 in 2010.

In ad­di­tion to the bumper crowds for the fi­nal and semi-fi­nals in An­tigua, there were also sig­nif­i­cant turnouts for the group matches at ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup when they tour Eng­land next year for a six-match lim­ited overs se­ries at sev­eral ma­jor coun­try venues.

The Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) an­nounced the itin­er­ary for the much an­tic­i­pated tour, which will run from June 6-25. The two the Guyana Na­tional Sta­dium and the Daren Sammy Sta­dium in St Lu­cia and or­gan­is­ers re­ported av­er­age tick­ets sales of around 4 000 for each match day ahead of the semi-fi­nals.

It was also the first time that the Women’s World T20 was played as a stand­alone event. In pre­vi­ous years, women’s matches were usu­ally part of a dou­ble-header and pre­ceded men’s games.

Richard­son, who watched the fi­nal, which Aus­tralia won com­fort­ably by eight wick­ets to clinch their fourth ti­tle, also ac­knowl­edged the spon­sors for the event.

“The ICC would also like to thank the spon­sors for their back­ing of the event as well as Star, our global broad­cast partner which plays such a sig­nif­i­cant role in grow­ing the women’s game and tak­ing cov­er­age of this event to more than

200 ter­ri­to­ries around the world.

“Fi­nally I’d like to thank the ground staff for han­dling ev­ery chal­lenge that came up dur­ing the tour­na­ment. It would not have been pos­si­ble to put up such a won­der­ful tour­na­ment with­out their sup­port.” (HG/PR)

(Pic­ture cour­tesy ICC)

FOUR STAR: Aus­tralia play­ers cel­e­brat­ing their cap­ture of the Women’s World T20 ti­tle for the fourth time. THE WOMEN’S WORLD T20 has been hailed as a suc­cess and a top of­fi­cial of cricket’s govern­ing body has heaped praise on Cricket West Indies (CWI) for putting on a fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment.

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