Cricket World Cup Now Just One Year Away

The official countdown to the 2015 International Cricket Council World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand has begun.

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14 February 2014

The official countdown to the 2015 International Cricket Council World Cup—to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand—has begun, with one year to go until the first ball is bowled.

Minister for Sport Peter Dutton joined former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy and former Australian coach John Buchanan in Brisbane today to mark the countdown.

Similar events are being held in host cities across Australia and New Zealand.

It is 23 years since Australia last co-hosted the ICC World Cup.

Mr Dutton said events such as this provide a great opportunity to showcase Australia to the world.

“We look forward to welcoming the international cricketing community to Australia next year,” he said.

“Australia and New Zealand are renowned for hosting world-class sporting events, and I have no doubt that the 2015 ICC World Cup will raise the bar yet again.

“It’s an exciting time for Australian cricket with the Ashes win this summer and the emergence of some promising young talent, so the timing couldn’t be better for Australia to take on the world on our home turf.

“We’ll get to see the Aussie team in action at the Gabba during the tournament in one of three games that will be played here in Brisbane.”

The tournament will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015, with 49 matches being played in 14 venues across Australia and New Zealand.

Australia will host 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

The tournament final will take place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

For further information contact the Minister’s office – 02 6277 7220

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