Howzat! Countdown to World Cup cricket begins

14 Feb 2014 11:36 AMJann Stuckey

Friday, February 14, 2014

The long run up has begun to the ICC Cricket world cup, with play to commence one year from today, on 14 February 2015.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said that the ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in Australia for the first time in 23 years.

“This is a once in a generation event and will help deliver on the Newman Government election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy, after it was run down by Labor,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This is another major event on Queensland’s sporting calendar which includes the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“With a television audience of more than one billion people, this tournament will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Brisbane and its world-class facilities to a global audience.

“It will form part of the Newman Government’s election pledge to double annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”

Brisbane will host three matches:

  • Australia v Bangladesh on Saturday 21 February 2015 (day/night game)
  • Ireland v United Arab Emirates on Wednesday 25 February 2015 (day/night game)
  • Pakistan v Zimbabwe on Sunday 1 March 2015 (day/night game)

“All of Brisbane’s matches are scheduled to be played within one week, making it the biggest ‘Festival of Cricket’ the city has ever hosted,” she said.

“It will be an absolute treat to see the teams, local fans and overseas visitors descend upon Brisbane during the World Cup.

“This is a family-friendly event with tickets selling on a first come, first served basis.

“Children’s tickets are just $5 and adult tickets start from $20, so make sure you get in quick to be a part of this celebration of cricket.”

Visit www.cricketworldcup.com (external site) ( http://www.cricketworldcup.com/ ) for more information and to purchase your tickets.

[ENDS] 14 February 2014