ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The Trophy Tour is the start of what will be a fantastic summer of cricket in the UK with two major back-to-back events – the ICC Champions Trophy followed by the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Our thanks go out to Nissan for bringing us this Trophy Tour, providing the fans from the competing nations with a special experience in the build up to the events. We are confident that the two tournaments will be as competitive and thrilling as preceding editions, bringing together some of the finest 50-over cricketers from around the world.”
The two trophies will visit schools, clubs, venues and landmarks throughout May as part of the build up to what promises to be an exciting summer of cricket. Full details of all the activities will be announced in the coming months.
There was also the launch of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Nissan Trophy Tour in the backyard of the International Cricket Council headquarters at the ICC Academy. It will see the ICC Champions Trophy visit 19 cities across all eight competing nations, allowing fans to get a close-up view of the prestigious silverware.
The trophy’s journey will be documented on ICC’s various social media platforms and fans across the world can track the movements of the trophy via the Nissan trophy tour dedicated section on the ICC website (www.icc-cricket.com/champions-trophy), which will host an interactive map of the trophy tour’s schedule of activities along with a gallery of imagery captured during each of the stops.
It starts on Thursday, March 2, when it will depart for India, and after travelling through Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, it will arrive in the United Kingdom on May 2 where the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 will be staged from June 1-18.
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi attended the launch ceremony, and said: “The ICC Champions Trophy is an event which gives me and millions of Pakistan cricket supporters mixed feelings. It is the only ICC major tournament it has never won, but at the same time it is the only ICC event in which it has beaten India. That said, I am sure things will soon change as nothing is permanent in life and sport.
I want to thank the ICC and all its sponsors for their support of cricket. By taking the trophy on a global tour, they’re enabling fans to connect with the event regardless of where they live and hopefully build a new generation of cricket fans.”
Strategy Roel de Vries,Nissan Global Head of Marketing and Brand, added: “We partnered with the ICC to bring cricket fans closer to the excitement of the game. We want the Nissan Trophy Tour to build excitement and anticipation on the journey towards the ICC Champions Trophy tournament in the UK in June.”
The full dates and cities are as follows:
· Taunton – 2 and 3 May
· Bristol – 4 to 6 and 11 May
· Cardiff – 7 to 10 May
· Birmingham – 13 to 17 May
· Derby – 17 to 20 May
· Leicester – 21 to 24 May
· London – 27 May to 1 June