Lorgat lavishes praise on World T20

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi's thrilling strokes and canny leg-breaks charged Pakistan to the men's World Twenty20 crown

The 2009 ICC World Twenty20 held in England has set a “new benchmark for World Twenty20 events” according to International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Following ICC president David Morgan’s declaration of the event being an “overwhelming success” on June 22, Lorgat has followed up these comments with announcing that the ICC World Twenty20 was “a tremendous achievement”.

In a letter to the England and Wales Cricket Board he offered his thanks to all those at ECB who had been involved and said the success was “a credit to all those involved.”

The colour and excitement of the World Twenty20 took place over 21 days including 20 warm-up matches and 42 tournament matches.

The tournament was held at four venues - Lord’s, the Brit Oval, Trent Bridge and Taunton - and across the tournament more than 386,000 tickets were sold, which represented over 96% attendance, with fans travelling from over 34 different countries.

The tournament set a sporting global precedent. For the first time, the women’s tournament was played alongside the men’s with the semi final and final stages integrated and in an historic move the men’s and women’s final on June 21 were both staged at Lord’s with victories for Pakistan's men and the England women's team.

To add to the groundbreaking success of the event, Lorgat said: “The television and media coverage far exceeded expectations and the feedback received from those that participated in the event was excellent.”

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