One year to go until the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Tickets to a once–in-a-generation sporting event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – went on general public sale today, one year from the start of the tournament on 14 February 2015.

The tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and organisers are expecting more than one million people to attend matches in Australia and New Zealand and more than one billion to watch the global broadcast.

Tickets can be purchased at www.cricketworldcup.com and from Ticketek outlets across Australia and New Zealand.

Children’s tickets are available for every match in the tournament, including the final. All children’s tickets for the pools stage are $5. Prices for adults start from just $20.

To mark the occasion, countdown clocks were unveiled in the seven Australian host cities, which are located across the six states and the ACT.

Fourteen cities throughout the two countries will host 49 matches over 44 days. The opening match of the tournament will be played in Christchurch and the final will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said the tournament is a unique opportunity for fans to enjoy the best of world cricket.
“The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 provides an exciting opportunity to see the best players and the best teams in the world compete for cricket’s biggest prize.

“In one year’s time, we will see fourteen teams go head-to-head across Australia and New Zealand. One Day International cricket has never been more competitive than it is at the moment and fans from every one of the competing teams will be justified in looking forward to following their teams with great anticipation.”

Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John Harnden, said the event was designed to enable as many people as possible to attend.

“We’ve made sure the event is affordable, with more than two thirds of all tickets $50 or under. Children’s tickets are available for every match in the tournament including the Final. All children’s tickets for the pools stage are $5 and prices for adults start from just $20.

“Fans can buy any combination of tickets and have the flexibility to build their own ICC Cricket World Cup experience, said Mr Harnden.”

“Australia and New Zealand have such a diverse community, which is very passionate about its varied heritage and, in many cases, is very passionate about cricket. We’ll be working hard in local communities this year to ensure that they can follow their teams, attend matches and play a part in the event in 2015.”

Australia captain Michael Clarke said the team is looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd.

““The ICC Cricket World Cup is the pinnacle of one-day cricket and we’re thrilled that it’s going to be held in our own backyard,” Clarke said.

“We want to encourage as many young kids to play this great game as we can and hopefully tournaments like this will inspire the next generation of Australian cricketers.

“The best players in the world will be coming to Australia and New Zealand and we’re looking forward to playing good entertaining cricket. I urge as many Australians and New Zealanders as possible to get behind this amazing event.”

The 10 full member nations of the ICC will compete for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; Australia, New Zealand, India, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies as well as four nations that have qualified for the tournament; Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. All of the visiting teams will play in both Australia and New Zealand to ensure fans have the best chance to see their favourite team. The final pools for the tournament are:

·       Pool A: England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland
·       Pool B: South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates

“Fans are encouraged to buy early so they can get the seats they want as we’re expecting high demand for this event,” Mr Harnden concluded.

Full details on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 including the fixtures and how to buy tickets are available at www.cricketworldcup.com.