LONDON (AFP) The showpiece mens matches at next years ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies will take place before, rather than after, the corresponding womens fixtures, organisers said Thursday. At this years edition in England, the womens semis and final were played before the equivalent mens matches got underway on the same day and at the same grounds. The move was widely seen as providing a big boost for womens cricket, both with spectators and with a wider television audience during an event that saw England defeat New Zealand in the final at Lords. But, in a change to a schedule first published in July, the 2010 womens semi-finals and final in St Lucia and Barbados respectively will start after the mens matches at those venues. However, commercial factors rather than a push for gender equality appear to be behind the move with a St Lucia based tournament spokeswoman telling AFP in London via a telephone call on Thursday that the change had been made for global considerations. The time difference between the Caribbean and India, crickets financial powerhouse and the key market for many of the sports leading sponsors, means that by starting the May 16 mens final in Barbados at 1130am local time, fans in Delhi will be able to tune in on their televisions at 9pm Indian time. With games scheduled to last three hours, brief by the standards of other forms of cricket such as one-day internationals or five-day Tests, starting the mens final in the second slot of 4pm local time would have meant the match being played in the dead of night as far as Asia was concerned. In another change to the schedule published in July, the West Indies will no longer play the first match of the tournament. Instead Sri Lanka and New Zealand will begin proceedings when the mens event, which is being played across three territories, starts in Guyana on April 30 and runs until the Barbados final on May 16. However, with double-headers again a feature of the group phase, officials hope the stands will be packed by the time the West Indies play their floodlit match against one of two, non-Test, qualifiers. One of the considerations in playing the West Indies opening match second on the day in Guyana is we hope we will be able to get in a bumper crowd to see them, the spokeswoman added. Pakistan, who beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in Junes World Twenty20 final at Lords, will still begin the defence of their title against fellow Asian Test nation Bangladesh in St Lucia on May 1. The qualifiers, who will join the 10 full or Test nations in the Caribbean next year, will be drawn from the top two sides at an eight-team tournament due to be staged in the United Arab Emirates in February. In the Caribbean, the top two teams in the four first round groups will advance into the second round Super Eights, with the top two sides in those groups contesting the final. All the womens matches, up until the semi-finals and final, will be played in St Kitts. Group and Fixture schedule for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean: Mens event Group A: Pakistan (A1), Bangladesh (A2), Australia Group B: Sri Lanka (B1), New Zealand (B2), Zimbabwe Group C: South Africa (C1), India (C2), Qualifier One Group D: West Indies (D1), England (D2), Qualifier Two Fixtures Group stage Apr 30: Guyana: SRI v NZL, WIS v Q2 May 01: St Lucia: IND v Q1, PAK v BAN May 02: St Lucia: RSA v IND, PAK v AUS May 03: Guyana: SRI v ZIM, ENG v WIS May 04: Guyana: NZL v ZIM, ENG v Q2 May 05: Barbados: BAN v AUS, RSA v Q1 Super Eights May 06: Barbados: A1 v D2, C1 v B2 May 07: Barbados: A2 v C2, B1 v D1 May 08: Barbados: A1 v B2, D2 v C1 May 09: Barbados: C2 v D1, B1 v A2 May 10: St Lucia: A1 v C1, B2 v D2 May 11: St Lucia: B1 v C2, D1 v A2 Semi-finals May 13: St Lucia: 1st semi-final May 14: St Lucia: 2nd semi-final Final May 16: Barbados: Final Womens event Group A: England, Australia, West Indies, South Africa Group B: New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan Fixtures Group stage: