The countdown to the first matches of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup in Perth has begun with the unveiling of the tournament’s countdown clock and the start of ticket sales in Forrest Place today.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said the first ball would be bowled in Australia for the ICC Cricket World Cup one year from today and Perth would host its first matches shortly after.
“Not only will these games give people the opportunity to enjoy the pinnacle of international cricket action, they will promote Perth as a tourism destination and provide an opportunity to strengthen economic and trade ties with India and the United Arab Emirates,” Mr Waldron said.
“Last time around, in 1992, we saw one of the greatest run scorers in World Cup cricket at the WACA Ground when Sachin Tendulkar played his first World Cup match just five years after being a volunteer at the 1987 World Cup, jointly hosted by India and Pakistan.”
Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the State Government, through Tourism WA, was proud to support the ICC Cricket World Cup in Perth.
“With a television audience estimated at more than one billion people, the Cricket World Cup will provide valuable exposure of Perth and Western Australia around the world and add vibrancy to the State,” Mrs Harvey said.
Perth is hosting three matches at the WACA Ground:
India v United Arab Emirates on Saturday, February 28, 2015
Australia v Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 4, 2015
India v West Indies on Friday, March 6, 2015.
All children’s tickets to the Perth matches are $5 and general admission tickets for adults start at $20.
The State Government is supporting the Cricket World Cup with a $2million commitment, including funds to assist the WACA Ground in meeting the ICC's venue requirements to host the World Cup, including making media centre improvements.
Sport and Recreation Minister’s office - 6552 6100
Tourism Minister’s office - 6552 5900