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World Cup high-energy launch

Cricket fans can brace themselves for an explosive two weeks of thrill-a-minute action and entertainment when the ICC World Twenty20 competition commences in South Africa in September.

This was the message that was conveyed by MC Mpumelelo “Pommie” Mbangwa at the launch of the global competition at a rousing energy-filled function at the Northgate Dome in Johannesburg on Thursday.

DJ Leah pumped out some throbbing tunes that she, and three other disc jockeys will belt out at the venues while 12 Harley Davidsons revved up their trademark booming roaring din and took national team players and guests around an indoor track laid out at the venue to illustrate the adrenalin-rush-inducing atmosphere that the shortened version of the game is intended to generate.

Guests were given a taste of things to come on replica dancing podiums from which Dr Beat (the James Brown-like official live mascot of the showcase) and his suggestively dressed “nurses”, together with the Twenty20 dancers will entertain the crowds at the venues.

Amathousands belted out the Fanthem -- the fans anthem -- that is the official song of the tournament to which they performed breathtaking break-dance moves that impressed those present.

Fans that get to the venues early will be rewarded with a free helmet that has become characteristic at ODIs and Twenty20 games.

The shorter form of the game has caught the imagination of many cricket spectators and new fans to the sport, and bumper crowds are expected at venues in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

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