Elworthy to oversee 2009 Twenty20 World Championship

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London, Nov 29 (UNI) Former South African fast bowler Steve Elworthy has got yet another chance of showcasing his organisation skills as he has also been appointed as the tournament director for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 to be held in England and Wales. The 42-year-old lanky right-arm pacer, who was incharge of the World Twenty20 held in South Africa in last September, got the new offer from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following his successfull organisation of the inaugural event in his native country.

He will take up his new job with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in January 2008.

''The opportunity to join ECB and run the 2009 event during an amazing summer of cricket in England and Wales with the World Twenty20 Tournament, ICC Centenary and the Ashes is an honour and a challenge which I am relishing,'' Elworthy said on his appointment.

''The 2007 event was a festival of world class cricket which captured the imagination of the world -- my goal is to ensure that the 2009 event is even more successful,'' he added.

Meanwhile, ECB chief executive David Collier said Elworthy is the ideal candidate to lead the second edition of the event in 2009.

''His experience of managing an ICC World Twenty20 tournament coupled with his international playing experience, commercial background and knowledge of our grounds in the UK provide the all-round skills required to run a world-class event,'' he reiterated.

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