ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour
ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour to undertake 100-day tour of England and Wales
The 100-day schedule for the domestic leg of the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, has been announced today ahead of its start date on 19 February - when it will commence its journey across the length and breadth of England and Wales, covering thousands of miles and making stops in more than 20 towns and cities.
The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy will be at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 25 March as part of the tour. Six fixtures will take place in Manchester this summer, including India vs Pakistan on Sunday 16 June, and the first semi-final on Tuesday 9 July.
The trophy, which will be lifted by the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winners at Lord’s on 14 July, will be transported around England and Wales in a Nissan Leaf. The environmentally-conscious vehicle is a 100% electric car with zero emissions – meaning the tour will be the first of its kind to be undertaken by this type of transport.
From extreme sports and a cricket match underground to a theme park and a quintessential English village, the trophy is set for some unique visits during its time on tour, with its final stop on 29 May the day before the tournament opener of England v South Africa at the Oval.
Thousands of fans have already had the chance to catch a glimpse of the trophy during the international leg of the tour, with cricketing legends such as Brian Lara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and VVS Laxman - just to name a few - visiting it along the way. The trophy has made stops at each of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 participating nations, with additional visits to countries in Europe and Africa, and as far as Nepal and the USA. By the time the Trophy Tour reaches England and Wales, it will have visited 18 countries worldwide.
Commencing on 19 February, the trophy will visit the CWC19 Host Cities of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Durham, Southampton, Cardiff and Taunton, stopping off at each Host Venue.
While supporting the development of grassroots cricket by visiting every first-class county, the Trophy Tour also aims to take cricket to new areas with stops at other towns and cities across England and Wales. The 100-day route showcases an array of different communities and celebrates multi-cultural Britain at its finest.
There will be a number of open events throughout the tour where fans get the opportunity to get close to the trophy, including three ‘Super Saturdays’ in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. These will combine music, special guests, entertainment and a street cricket tournament involving local businesses, fan groups and the public.
The ICC will be offering the chance for three lucky fans to get a personal visit from the trophy during the tour. Members of the public can nominate someone who they feel deserves to be recognised for their contribution to cricket and the wider community to win a visit from the trophy. More details can be found here.
Fans can follow the trophy’s journey through the Trophy Tour section of the ICC Cricket World Cup website. The interactive map will follow the tour’s itinerary, outlining information about each stop. There will also be behind-the-scenes content across all ICC Cricket World Cup digital channels.
The full #CWCTrophyTour schedule, driven by Nissan, can be viewed here.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director, Steve Elworthy said: “Today is another huge milestone in our journey to the Cricket World Cup, as we announce the 100-day Trophy Tour across England and Wales.
“We have seen an incredible response from supporters as it’s made its way around the world, visiting communities across numerous countries.
“The countdown to the tournament will feel very real when the trophy arrives in England and Wales, and we look forward to it visiting some iconic and special locations before the opening match on 30 May.
“We’d also like to thank Nissan for all their commitment in delivering the Trophy Tour, it would not be possible without their help and support.”
Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, Daniel Gidney added: “The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour will be the perfect opportunity to excite and engage supporters across the North West in the build up to this summer, one that will be a festival of cricket at Emirates Old Trafford.
“With Emirates Old Trafford hosting six ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including the first semi-final, as well as the Fourth Specsavers Ashes Test in September, 2019 will inspire the next generation of young cricketers, much like it did in 2005.
“To host India vs Pakistan, the world’s biggest cricket fixture which was watched by a TV audience of over 420 million at Edgbaston in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, is an outstanding achievement for the Club and is a game that we’re all very excited about.
“Marketing Manchester have told that us the direct social and economic impact to Manchester from the six ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures hosted at Emirates Old Trafford is estimated to be worth over £35 million and it’ll also be hugely beneficial to the wider region in terms of how many people it will bring to the city, job creation and the indirect spend from those visitors.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming the World Cup trophy here to Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 25 March and we’re combining the visit with two community programmes, Wicketz and Table Cricket, both of which are run by the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, as we continue to make cricket as accessible as possible throughout the region.”
Bobby Cross, Chairman of the Lancashire Cricket Foundation, commented: “Having the ICC Cricket World Cup played here in England and Wales this summer gives us a wonderful opportunity to inspire the next generation of young cricketers. Following the huge success of the ICC Women's World Cup we must harness the excitement of another global event on home soil to attract more players, fans and volunteers into our game.
“With the ICC Cricket World Cup arriving back home for the first time in 20 years, now is the time to cap talise and use the tournament as a platform for growth.
“Here at Lancashire Cricket, we have aligned ourselves with the ECB’s strategic plan, Inspiring Generations, in terms of utilising the ICC Cricket World Cup to engage with the vast number of recreational cricket clubs in the North West, increase cricket participation in schools across the region, expand the accessibility of the All Stars Cricket programme, drive the growth of the South Asian Action Plan as well as using the unique power of cricket to better connect communities and improve lives.
“We are all hugely excited about Emirates Old Trafford hosting six games at the ICC Cricket World Cup, and as a Club, we’re determined to seize this opportunity and build a long-lasting legacy for the game we all love.”
Nicolas Verneuil, Marketing Director, Nissan Motors GB, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the first ICC Trophy Tour leg powered by an all-electric vehicle - the Nissan LEAF.
“As our hero electric vehicle - LEAF embodies energy, passion and excitement – all the components needed for a successful Cricket World Cup! We can’t wait to show off its Nissan Intelligent Mobility credentials as we take it for a ‘spin’ across the nation and get fans excited about electric mobility.”
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