INTERNATIONAL Cricket Council president David Morgan yesterday described the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 that has just ended in Pretoria "a huge success" and praised the efforts of the large number of people who made it possible.
Morgan said he was pleased the short and sharp event had been appreciated by the players, spectators and other observers.
"I'm delighted with the quality of the tournament and the level of cricket that has been played throughout this competition. It has been a huge success," Morgan said.
"The cricket was enthralling and the feedback on the event from the players and followers of the game has been overwhelmingly positive. I believe the cricketing world thoroughly enjoyed this re-branded competition, as I did. I think it's fair to say that we have been royally treated over the past 14 days in Johannesburg and Pretoria, which provided five-star facilities for the players and spectators at The Wanderers and Centurion. The players brought this tournament alive with their passion, commitment and will to win," Morgan said.
"I think most experts and the opinion-makers are now convinced the ICC Champions Trophy definitely has a place on the cricket calendar."
"I would like to congratulate Ricky Ponting's (Australian) side for successfully defending the title. Congratulations are also due to New Zealand, who played excellent cricket despite missing top players due to injuries, to reach the final." - Sapa