ETW Staff – New Delhi
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the details of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 travel packages and ticket prices. A number of different travel packages for all the matches in Australia and New Zealand are available, and fans are encouraged to regularly visit the ICC Travel website to check the latest deals and offers.
Australia and New Zealand will jointly host the event, which runs from February 14 – March 29, 2015. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will feature 49 matches in 44 days across 14 host cities. The opening match of the tournament will be played in Christchurch and the final will be played in the Melbourne.
The individual tickets will go on sale from February 14, 2014 – exactly a year before the first ball is bowled in ICC’s flagship event – but fans can register their interest for tickets that will be available online for pre-sale.
Ticket prices for the event are the same whether purchased in the Australian or New Zealand Dollar and therefore, children’s tickets for most of the matches in the tournament just AUD five while prices for adults during the 42-match pool stage start from just AUD 20. This means a family of four can attend this once in a generation event from just AU$ 50. Indian fans who want to purchase ICC travel packages can visit the ICC travel site to view the range of packages on offer. India’s first match will be played on February 15 against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
ICC Travel has currently partnered with the following Official Travel Agents: Gullivers Sports Travel, Howzat Travel, Sports Tours Plus, The Cricket Tour Company, Thomson Sport, The Sporting Traveller, Austravel (all UK), Cutting Edge Events, Tui India (both India), Australian Sports Tours, Fanatics (both Australia), Williment Travel, Seasonz Travel, Holland, Clarke and Beatson (all New Zealand), EduSport, Makro Travel (both South Africa), MAP Travel (Ireland) and Great Atlantic Travel (USA).
Addressing a press conference in Sydney, John Harden, chief executive, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, said, “The two countries are hosting the tournament for the first time since 1992 and over time it has become one of the biggest sporting events in the world. We expect thousands of visitors, especially from India who are the current world champions and from the UK and South Africa to support their sides. We’re operating on a first come, first served basis so international fans are encouraged to buy now.”
Noel Magnay, managing director, ICC Travel, said, “ICC Travel is delighted to be operating the official travel programme for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. As two of the top touring destinations in world sports this will be an event not to be missed. ICC Travel has developed a range of packages with the ultimate aim of making the highest standard of international cricket available to as broad a live viewing audience as possible.”