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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 sails past 500 days to go

Oct 02, 2013

Today marks 500 days to the opening matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

On February 14, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand will play 2011 finalists Sri Lanka while later the same day Australia will take on traditional rival England in a blockbuster at the MCG.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chief Executive John Harnden said preparations for the tournament, one of the biggest events in international sport, were on track with ticket information to be released next month.

“We’re confident the ICC Cricket World Cup will attract cricket fans from around the globe and also promote both countries internationally -especially in India and other parts of south Asia," Mr Harnden said.

A total of 49 matches will be played in the 44-day tournament across 14 venues in the two countries as the best cricketers push their skills and endurance to the limits for the ultimate prize.

Australia will stage 21 pool matches in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, whilst the other 21 pool matches in New Zealand will be held in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.

“We want as many fans as possible to be a part of this event and with such diverse communities in both countries, we’ll be working hard over the next 500 days to ensure everyone has a team to follow and that they can attend a match to play their part in 2015,” Mr Harnden said.

The MCG will host five matches, including a quarter final and the final on March 29, 2015.

Full ticketing details will be announced in November, but fans are encouraged to register at www.cricketworldcup.com to secure access to pre-sales for all ICC Cricket World Cup matches, including the finals series.

PAKISTAN-BORN spinner Fawad Ahmed is in line for a Test debut alongside Adam Voges after being named in the squads for the Ashes and West Indies.

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