ECB lauded for World T20 handling
ICC president David Morgan has praised the ECB’s role in hosting the ICC World Twenty20, in particular that played by tournament director Steve Elworthy.
Morgan also highlighted the contribution of countless others who made the smooth-running competition possible.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board has been a great partner for the ICC in putting on this event,” he said.
“From the very start of this process it was clear that we were dealing with a committed group of people – led by our excellent tournament director Steve Elworthy – who were determined to put on the best possible event and they were clearly successful.
Morgan added: “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.
“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. 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.
“In that light I would like 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.
“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.
“Ticket sales were very encouraging, reflecting the enduring popularity of cricket despite the global economic situation. There was a 96 per cent take-up of tickets for this event and certainly the atmosphere created by those large crowds formed part of why it was so successful.
“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.
“I am glad to say the next ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies will continue that exciting policy.”