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Trent Bridge selected as World Cup venue

The England and Wales Cricket Board yesterday informed the International Cricket Council that Trent Bridge will join Lords and The Oval as a venue for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in June 2009.

ICC approved Lords and The Oval as venues at their board meeting in Dubai in March. At the same meeting the ICC approved all the other grounds bidding to be a venue for the tournament.

At their meeting on April 2 the ECBs Major Match Group (MMGs), chaired by Lord Morris of Handsworth, considered the outstanding bids from a number of venues to be a part of the much anticipated ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.

After measuring all the bids against their balanced scorecard, MMG recommended that Trent Bridge be appointed by the ECB Board, who met at Lords yesterday (April 9).

Steve Elworthy, the Tournament Director of ICC World Twenty20 2009, said: I know that there were some extremely competitive bids from all grounds who wanted to be a part of this exciting event.

I am delighted that Trent Bridge joins Lords and The Oval as a venue. It gives the tournament a good geographical spread without being logistically challenging for the players and officials

We now know that Lords will host the opening game and the final while both Trent Bridge and The Oval will stage the semi final days, which will include both the mens and womens semi-finals.

Derek Brewer, the Nottinghamshire Chief executive, : We are absolutely delighted. Its a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase English cricket to the rest of the world and is brilliant news for the whole of the city, county and region.

As a club, we are very grateful for the support we received from public and private sector partners in making the bid and we would not have been successful without the extensive development work that has taken place at Trent Bridge this winter.

That work has only been possible because of the support of East Midlands Development Agency, Nottingham City Council, Notts County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council, and Im sure our partners share our pleasure at the news.

The economic benefits to the region will be incredible and we are delighted that our partners will see such an early pay-back for the faith they showed when investing in our ground developments.

Its a measure of the popularity of the competition that one billion people watched the final of the World Twenty20 in South Africa last year. Its a truly global event and we confidently expect that the semi-final from Trent Bridge will be played before an audience of 500 million people around the world.

The Groups for ICC World Twenty20 are:

Group A
India
Bangladesh
Zimbabwe

Group B
Pakistan
England
Associate 1

Group C
Australia
Sri Lanka
West Indies

Group D
New Zealand
South Africa
Associate 2

source - ecb.co.uk
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