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June 2, 2008
David Morgan, the ICC president-elect, has said he hopes new spectators, drawn to the game by Twenty20, will come to love the other formats as well.
"I'm proud that Twenty20, a format first developed by the England and Wales Cricket Board, had such a widespread appeal, bringing in new, wider and young audience, which ICC welcomes," Morgan said at the closing ceremony for the Indian Premier League.
Morgan felt cricket was fortunate to possess three formats. "[That is] Twenty20, which thrilled so many people, one-day cricket which is equally thrilling and Test cricket, the pinnacle. In fact, last week all three formats were evident with two great Test matches in Kingston and Manchester."
Congratulating the Indian board and Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, for the tournament's success, Morgan said it had changed the face of domestic cricket around the world. "It has provided opportunities for other cricket playing nations [to take it forward]. It has got widespread appeal and has attracted new audiences to the game."
There are plans to organise a Champions League - a tournament involving the top two domestic Twenty20 teams from various countries - in England in October this year, following the Champions Trophy.
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Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
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