T20 WC will be a Caribbean celebration: Morgan

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 23:11 PM IST

Guyana: ICC President David Morgan today said the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup will be a chance to celebrate the unique contribution Caribbean makes to the game.

"The West Indies holds a special place in the international cricket family, having contributed some of the all-time great of the game. But I believe there are still great times ahead for cricket in this part of the world and the successful staging of this event is part of that positive
future," Morgan said in an ICC statement.

He also wished luck to all the participating teams and picked minnows Afghanistan and Ireland for special praise.

"I want to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland for making it through the tough qualifying stages to be here and I would like to extend my best wishes to all 12 of the men’s teams and the eight women?s teams as they will all play their part in this festival of cricket. Good luck to all of you."

The event begins on Friday with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka. The second match of the day is between local favourite West Indies and qualifier Ireland.

The ICC President also called on the locals to throng stadiums with great fervour.

"Over the next 17 days, I am looking forward to a celebration of all that`s good about West Indies cricket. We`re encouraging the people of the Caribbean to bring their enthusiasm and passion for cricket to the matches and make it a memorable event for everyone involved.

"Bring your musical instruments, your songs and cheers, your flags, banners and colourful costumes. And, above all, bring that party spirit for which cricket matches in the West Indies are famous," he said.