Twenty20 World Championship April 30, 2006

South Africa to host inaugural Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

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South Africa will host the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in September next year, the ICC announced in Dubai. The tournament will feature 12 countries, including all 10 Test-playing countries, in a nine-day event.

"The members of the ICC board have embraced Twenty20 cricket while at the same time managing its growth," said Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive. "South Africa has been an early-adopter of Twenty20 cricket and will be an excellent first venue for the Twenty20 World Championship."

England, who invented the format, will stage it in 2009, and the next event will be in 2012.