21 September 2012

South Africa: Cabinet Wishes Proteas Well Ahead of T20

Pretoria — Cabinet has sent its well wishes to the national cricket team as they prepare for the upcoming International Cricket Council World Twenty20 tournament.

The tournament will take place from 9 October until 28 October and matches will be played in Cape Town, Centurion, Durban and Johannesburg.

"Cabinet wishes the South African national cricket team well as they take part in the fourth ICC World Twenty20 tournament and calls on all South Africans to support them with the same vigour and passion they displayed during the Olympics and the Paralympic games," said acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams while briefing reporters in Pretoria on Friday.

The national governing bodies for amateur and professional cricket in India, Australia and South Africa developed the Champions League T20 (CLT20) to enable exposure in each of the countries to international sporting events.

The 20-over format, currently the most popular form, is expected to draw huge crowds to watch the games.

The ICC World T20 - or the T20 World Cup - is the international championship of Twenty20 cricket organised by cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The tournament consists of 12 teams, comprising all ten ICC full members and two other ICC members chosen through the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.

The event is generally held every two years, and all matches are accorded Twenty20 International status.

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