World Cup Trophy To Visit Papua New Guinea
The World Cup trophy will visit a non-Test playing nation in the East-Asia-East Pacific region for the first time when it touches down in Papua New Guinea next month.
The 2015 World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and although PNG missed out on qualification, they will at least be able to see the trophy on home soil.
"We’re proud to be able to promote the event in Papua New Guinea, which only just missed out on qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015," John Hamden, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 chief executive, said.
"We want as many people to get involved, not only with the tournament but with cricket in the country, and what better way to showcase the tournament than through the trophy," he added.
PNG finished fourth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand earlier this year, but have claimed One-Day International status and are now ranked 16th in the world.
The trophy visit will coincide with PNG's 'Don't Drink & Drive' Legends Big Bash competition, which will involve current and former stars of the game doing their bit to promote road safety.
"This is an exciting time for PNG and the EAP region," Cricket PNG General Manager Greg Campbell said.
"Having the World Cup Trophy come to PNG is a great for the code and the country.
"The last time this event was in our region was more than 20 years ago and it’s not very often that the trophy of one of the World’s biggest events comes to PNG," he added.
The 2015 World Cup gets underway on 14th February,
© Cricket World 2014