Heroes will become champions as part of the ICC Nissan Trophy Tour, as fans from Birmingham get the opportunity to nominate people that deserve to be recognised for their contribution to cricket and the wider community.
Ahead of five ICC Champions Trophy matches at the city’s Edgbaston Stadium, groundsman at local clubs, teachers/coaches who inspire participation in cricket, and youngsters dedicated to developing their cricket skills will be championed by the Trophy Tour. People can nominate here. Winners will receive two tickets to an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 or ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match.
The combined tour over 30 days during May will see the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup travel together for the first time ever to visit each of the seven host cities for the two tournaments.
It will start in Taunton on Tuesday 2 May and finish at The Oval on Thursday 1 June for the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England v Bangladesh. Both Trophies will be in Birmingham from Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 May with a range of activities planned around the city centre to give local cricket fans an opportunity to get up close and personal to the trophy.
On Saturday 13 May, the trophy will be on display at Grand Central in the morning before moving on to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in the afternoon. It will also be on display at Edgbaston for Warwickshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup match against Yorkshire, at a unique T20 match at Attock Cricket Club between fans of India and Pakistan, and a local school cricket festival organised by the Warwickshire Cricket Board.
The tour will also take in major events in Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Leicester before finishing in London
Chief Executive of the ICC, Dave Richardson, said: “For the first time ever we are combining the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup Nissan Trophy Tours meaning we can reach more fans than ever before.
“The Trophy Tour provides a wonderful opportunity to bring fans closer to the game and build excitement for back to back events in the U.K. this summer. It also gives us the chance to celebrate local heroes who are the real champions of our sport.”
The Trophy Tour will visit clubs, schools and iconic locations in Birmingham to allow as many fans as possible to see the Trophies during the build up to the tournaments. To see a full list of events, please click here.
Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “Edgbaston is proud to be hosting five of the biggest games in this year’s ICC Champions Trophy and it’s great to secure five days of the Trophy Tour in Birmingham in May.
“Our local Trophy Tour events will be an opportunity for local sports fans to see two of the most prestigious trophies in the game up close, as we build towards one of the most exciting summers in the history of international cricket in Birmingham.”
The ICC Champions Trophy has been on an international tour of the eight participating countries since the start of March. The Trophy started in India and is currently travelling around South Africa. The international tour will finish in Australia on 27 April before it comes to England and Wales to join with the ICC Women’s World Cup. Visit www.icc-cricket.com/champions-trophy/tour/overview for more information.
Tickets for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 are available to buy via www.icc-cricket.com/tickets.