Lord's to host 2009 T20 World Cup final

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London, Feb 5 (UNI) The historic Lord's has been nominated to host the final of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has spent the past few months since been awarded the right to host the prestigious competition deciding on the venues.

Lord's and The Oval will be two of the main venues for the two-week long event - with the third set to be put out to tender.

Both would host warm-up, group and Super Eight matches - while The Oval would have a semi-final and Lord's the final.

Trent Bridge and Edgbaston are likely to be among those in the running for the third venue.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said, ''I'm sure that Lord's would provide the perfect stage for the final of this new and exciting global event.'' ''We have had an expression of interest from a number of other top venues for the remaining packages of matches,'' he added.

''The ECB is extremely proud of the world-class standard of venues that we can recommend to the ICC for their approval for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.'' The ECB will make their recommendations to the ICC Board at their meeting scheduled for March 18 in Dubai.


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