MELBOURNE, July 30: Victoria will host the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Final and a number of other key matches including Australia’s first pool game, Premier Denis Napthine announced.
Dr Napthine said that in addition to hosting Australia’s first pool match and the Series Final, Melbourne would also host two other pool games and a quarter final.
“Today’s announcement consolidates Victoria’s reputation as the home of major events in Australia and Melbourne’s status as the home of major sporting events,” Dr Napthine said.
“The matches will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), home of Australia’s oldest cricket club and one of the finest sporting arenas anywhere in the world.
“We expect that this match will attract crowds of about 80,000 made up of local, interstate and international cricket fans.
“Victoria’s retail, hospitality and tourism sectors will benefit enormously with the event expected to add between $65 million and $89 million to the state economy.”
Played every four years, the ICC Cricket World Cup is the ICC’s premier one day International cricket event and is ranked in the top three international summer sporting events worldwide.
The three pool matches and finals to be played at the MCG are:
• England v Australia on Saturday 14 February;
• South Africa v India on Sunday 22 February;
• Sri Lanka v Bangladesh on Thursday 26 February;
• Quarter Final on Thursday 19 March; and
• Final on Sunday 29 March.
The event is the third largest international summer sporting event and has a potential viewing audience of 950 million.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said the 2015 World Cup would feature 10 Test playing nations including: Australia; Bangladesh; England; India; New Zealand; Pakistan; South Africa; Sri Lanka; the West Indies and Zimbabwe.
“The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup has a potential worldwide viewing audience of 950 million so this is another wonderful opportunity to showcase Victoria and Melbourne to the rest of the world,” Ms Asher said.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said that hosting the prestigious event presented excited opportunities to promote grass roots cricket in Victoria.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to helping people become more active, more often and we are proud to get behind grass roots cricket to support our up-and-coming cricket superstars,”
Mr Delahunty said.