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West Indies to host Twenty20 World Cup

The rearrangement of the 2008 Champions Trophy in Pakistan has forced the ICC into changing the 2010 edition of the tournament in the Caribbean to a Twenty20 World Cup event.

With this year's Champions Trophy in Pakistan put back until September next year due to safety concerns in the Asian country at this time, it would have meant that the competition would have been played twice in the space of nine months.

The news of the switch in formats has been welcomed by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Julian Hunte.

"The WICB is delighted with the decision of the ICC to make the 2010 International Champions Trophy an ICC World Twenty20 and the WICB is extremely excited to be hosting it," Hunte said in a media release yesterday.

"The people of the Caribbean have been already exposed to the shortest form of the game through the Stanford 20/20 tournament and they have embraced it.

"This event will allow us to take advantage of some of the outstanding stadia built or renovated for use in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in order to showcase cricket at the elite level."

While no dates for the tournament have been confirmed, it is expected to be played in either April or May, following Zimbabwe's tour to the Caribbean in April.

Another option is in June, after South Africa complete a regional tour that includes four Tests and five One-Day Internationals.

The ICC World Twenty20 was first played in September last year in South Africa and the second version of the tournament is set for June in England, about nine months before the tournament comes to the Caribbean.

It is traditionally a brief tournament, lasting no more than two weeks and restricted to about three venues.

The WICB had started to put the wheels in motion for the 2010 Champions Trophy by appointing a tournament director, Ernest Hillaire, who served as chief executive officer of the St Lucia organising committee for the 2007 World Cup.

"We have already begun to put in place the necessary logistics to administer a tournament of this scale and we are also fortunate to have an army of experienced volunteers from last year's tournament ready to help make things run smoothly," Hunte said.

"We look forward to hosting a great event for the people of the Caribbean and providing our traditional level of warm hospitality to what we hope will be a large number of visitors."

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