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Southern Sun named as local sponsor for ICC Champions Trophy

Southern Sun, a hotel chain, will be the local partners of ICC along with the ICC's other commercial partners

Southern Sun named as local sponsor for ICC Champions Trophy - Cricket News
Southern Sun will be the local sponsor for this ICC Champions Trophy.
The International Cricket Council has announced Southern Sun as a local sponsor for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009, which takes place in South Africa from 22 September to 5 October.

The agreement, which is for the 2009 event, will establish Southern Sun as the official hotel chain of the event. It is one of four local sponsors specifically for this event in addition to the ICC's other commercial partners.

"The Southern Sun hotels are first class and I am delighted that this deal is now in place for another of our events," said ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"It is good to know that the players and officials will be accommodated in the luxury and prestige befitting an event of this calibre. We really appreciate the contribution our sponsors such as Southern Sun make to ensuring our sport is truly great."

Southern Sun managing director Graham Wood said: "Southern Sun is proud and delighted to be once again partnering with the International Cricket Council on a world-class tournament. 

"We take this opportunity of thanking the ICC for their continued support of Southern Sun hotels, a long-term association which is highly valued, and we have no doubt that the ongoing efforts of our staff and management in consistent delivery to high profile sports teams and officials will contribute towards a successful event."

For the first time the ICC CT will feature only the top eight-ranked sides in the world in the only global multi-team 50-over-a-side tournament between the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean and the next edition of that event, in the Asian sub-continent in two years' time.

Those teams - Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, host South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies - have been divided into two pools of four, with the top two from each pool progressing to the semi-finals stage.

The action begins on Tuesday 22 September with the Proteas in action against Sri Lanka in a day-night encounter at Centurion (the location for the women's world cup final of 2005) and it will end with a day-night final at the same venue on Monday 5 October.

Fans can also book tickets through Computicket by telephone on +2783 915 8000 or by dropping in to any one of Computicket's offices at hundreds of locations around South Africa. 

Tickets, including those for the grass banks, can also be purchased directly from the two stadiums at The Wanderers (Tel: +2711 340 1509) and Centurion (Tel: +2712 663 1005 extn 7).

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