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T20 World Cup will be a passionate celebration

With just under three weeks to go before the start of the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has said the event will be a passionate celebration of diversity, strength and skill.

The opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup takes place in 18 days time at the Providence Stadium in Guyana and it features last years runners up Sri Lanka who will look to get this years event of to a positive start against the Kiwis.

"The West Indies is one of the great cricket territories and is a significant part of our shared cricket identity," said Mr Lorgat.

"It is a unique place to visit, to play and to hold an event and we are looking forward to bringing the very best players in the world to Guyana, St Lucia, St Kitts and Barbados for 17 days of world-class competition," he said.

Speaking at an event in Delhi where the Twenty20 World Cup trophy was unveiled Lorgat said the tournament will riveting two weeks packed full of action.

"We have the best of the best in international cricket coming to the West Indies for two and a half weeks of riveting action in men's and women's cricket and fans would not want to miss out," he said

"If you cannot make it all the way to the Caribbean you won't have to miss a ball of the action thanks to the hard work of our broadcast partner ESPN STAR Sports who will be ensuring the games are beamed live to every corner of the world."

One of the highlights of the opening weekend will see Afghanistan take on India at the Beaysejour Stadium in St Lucia on Saturday, May 1st.

"Through qualification for this event, the Afghanistan players have shown themselves to be worthy of a place among the big boys and I'm sure Team India will not be taking them lightly. It should be a fascinating match," said Mr Lorgat.

"India will not have enjoyed having to relinquish possession of the trophy and I have no doubt they will be doing everything in their power to win it back from Pakistan this time around," he added.

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