The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, powered by Nissan, came to Birmingham and Stratford yesterday as part of a three-day programme of activity in the second city.
Starting at the Library of Birmingham, Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority Andy Street, joined local youngsters from Harborne Cricket Club for a rooftop cricket session, before the trophy moved downstairs for local fans to have their photo with the biggest prize in men’s cricket. The trophy then moved to Stratford-upon-Avon for an under 11s cricket festival at Stratford-upon-Avon Cricket Club.
With so much excitement building towards the start of the tournament, and the England team amongst the favourites, it’s great to be able to give so many local fans an opportunity to get up close to the biggest prize in the men’s game.Neil Snowball
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands Combined Authority, said: “Whenever we bring major sporting events, like the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, to Birmingham it is an opportunity to show the world what our city is all about.
“It says so much that Edgbaston has got that big game – England vs India – and also, of course, the semi-final. We look forward to giving a very warm welcome to Birmingham to the thousands of visitors who will flock to the city for the tournament.”
Five games in the ICC Men’s Cricket world Cup will be played in Birmingham at the city’s Edgbaston Stadium, including the marquee fixture between England and India on Sunday 30 June and the second of the semi-finals on Thursday 11 July.
Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Edgbaston Stadium, said: “We’re thrilled that Edgbaston continues to bring the most prestigious fixtures in cricket to this region and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be a fantastic celebration of the game, which we hope will capture the imagination of the country.
“With so much excitement building towards the start of the tournament, and the England team amongst the favourites, it’s great to be able to give so many local fans an opportunity to get up close to the biggest prize in the men’s game.
The Trophy Tour moves on to events at Joseph Chamberlain Collage and Kings Heath Cricket Club today, before taking centre stage in the city on Super Saturday, which will see the ICC Cricket World Cup take over Victoria Square, with live DJs, celebrity hosts and special guest cricket players, including England captain Eoin Morgan and former England skipper and Sky Sports Cricket commentator Nasser Hussain.
The event is completely free, with things getting underway in Victoria Square at 11am.