Perth will be showcased to more than one billion cricket fans when World Cup cricket returns to the WACA in 500 days.
The ICC Cricket World Cup will be back in WA for the first time in 23 years with three matches in February and March 2015.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron and Tourism Minister Liza Harvey today marked the official countdown to the first match.
Mr Waldron said the Cricket World Cup was one of the world’s largest sporting events.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity to see the best players and the best teams going head-to-head in our backyard, in what will be a truly global event,” he said.
“West Australian cricket lovers will get the chance to see Australia, India and the West Indies in action. Fans have the opportunity now to register for pre-sale ticket access.
“The last time this tournament was hosted by Australia we saw one of the game’s greatest in Sachin Tendulkar make his World Cup debut for India at the WACA Ground.”
Mrs Harvey said the State Government’s efforts to secure the World Cup matches would deliver tourism benefits for the State.
“It’s not just about being able to witness fantastic sporting action here in Perth. The World Cup will provide worldwide exposure for WA with an estimated television audience of more than one billion people,” she said.
“The competition will promote the wonders of Western Australia to cricket fans from all over the world.”
The Perth fixtures for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be:
India v Qualifier 4 on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Australia v Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
India v West Indies on Friday, March 6, 2015
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