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International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has announced that a Twenty20 World Cup will be staged in the West Indies in 2010.

International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat has announced that a Twenty20 World Cup would be staged in the West Indies in 2010. A similar tournament will be held in England in June 2009 before the rescheduled Champions Trophy, a conventional 50–over limited–overs tournament, is due to start in Pakistan in September. " There was a choice that the board had between holding a Champions Trophy or Twenty20 (in 2010) and it was decided it would make more sense, and get a better spread of events, for that to be a Twenty20, " Lorgat told a news conference. After the 2009 Champions Trophy, the tournament will not be played again until at least 2012 because the World Cup, the ICC's marquee limited–overs tournament, is being staged in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011. Concerns have grown over the future of five–day test cricket and the 50–over one–day format that has been in vogue since the 1970s with the emergence of Twenty20, which is quickly gaining in popularity, particularly in India. Twenty20 can be condensed to several hours instead of a day, with each team batting a maximum 20 overs. The rebel Indian Cricket League, an unsanctioned Twenty20 competition, met with the Board of Control for Cricket in October, the owner of the sanctioned Indian Premier League, but the talks failed. The ICC will wait for an official report from the BCCI before considering an application from the ICL for official status. Players in the ICL, which is currently being held in India, are banned from representing their home domestic and international teams. The ICC is also involved in " ongoing discussions" over Sri Lanka's scheduled tour of England in May 2009 after a multimillion dollar proposal from the BCCI for Sri Lanka's players to appear in the IPL at that time.

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