Morgan declares World T20 an overwhelming success

David Morgan hailed the World Twenty20 in England as "an overwhelming success" and praised the efforts of the large number of people who made it possi

updated: June 22, 2009 16:30 IST
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ICC President David Morgan on Monday hailed the just concluded World Twenty20 in England as "an overwhelming success" and praised the efforts of the large number of people who made it possible.

Morgan said he felt proud that it was such a closely fought and top-quality event.

"For any event such as this to be successful it relies on the hard work of literally thousands of people but ultimately it will be judged by the quality of cricket that is presented to us by the players," said Morgan.

"And I think it's fair to say that in that regard, we have been royally treated over the past 17 days or so in England. The players brought this tournament alive with their innovation, passion, talent and commitment," he said in a statement.

"They entertained us, thrilled us and occasionally even challenged our view of the game itself as they introduced new and wonderful feats of skill and athleticism that I for one had previously scarcely thought possible," he added.

Morgan also lauded the efforts of winning captains Younus Khan and Charlotte Edwards of England as well as the players of tournaments Tillakratene Dilshan and Claire Taylor.

"In that light I would like to congratulate the men's and women's players of the tournament Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka and Claire Taylor of England for the major contribution they, in particular, have made to the tournament, which I consider to be an overwhelming success.

"Congratulations are also due to Pakistan and England as the two winners ? it was a great performance by Younus Khan, Charlotte Edwards and their respective teams," he said.

Morgan also hailed the fact that the tournament did not witness any misdeamenor from any players.

"The spirit in which the games were played was magnificent with no instances of players overstepping the mark of what is deemed acceptable behaviour in our great game.

"One of the most encouraging things about this tournament was the link between the men's and women's games. The increase in profile the women's game received from television exposure and the fact the men's and women's semi-finals and finals were played as double-headers was a great boost for the women's game and I believe will do wonders for growth in that area."

Morgan said the ICC World Twenty20 2009 had whetted the appetite for the ICC Champions Trophy, which will take place in South Africa during September/October.

"We know from experience that South Africa is a great place to hold cricket events and I'm really looking forward to this elite event. Like the World Twenty20, the Champions Trophy will be a short, sharp event that should capture the imagination of the cricketing public around the world."