ICC Chairman Heapes Praises On 2015 World Cup
International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan was all praise for the recently concluded 2015 World Cup, terming it as the “most popular in history”.
While expressing his delight over the execution of the tournament, Srinivasan praised the new World Champions Australia for their glory.
“On behalf of the ICC, I would like to firstly congratulate Australia on its fifth ICC Cricket World Cup win,” said Srinivasan.
“Australia displayed great tenacity, skill levels and consistency throughout the tournament and are worthy winners.”
The 49-match tournament that took off on 14th February witnessed several incredible matches leading up to the final that was convincingly won by Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Srinivasan seemed visibly happy with the outcome of the tournament and elaborated further on the performances of the Australian ODI team.
“It was a wonderful event with many thrilling highs and magic moments, which will live long in the memory.
“Australia has set a new benchmark for limited overs cricket and our congratulations to them, and indeed all of the competing teams, which produced excellent cricket over the past seven weeks and thoroughly entertained the followers of the game worldwide.”
While praising the cricket boards of the host countries Australia and New Zealand, Srinivasan underlined the detailed advance planning that contributed towards a successful World Cup.
The ICC Chairman didn’t miss out on any names as he whole-heartedly thanked everybody involved within the organizing committee of the tournament.
“It is not an easy task hosting an event of this scale and I would like to extend my special thanks to the ICC staff as well as Local Organising Committee Chairman Ralph Waters, CEO John Harnden, Head of New Zealand Therese Walsh and the rest of the team who worked extremely hard across both host countries over the last three years to ensure the delivery of a truly world-class tournament.
“I would also like to pay tribute to Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket for their support in the build-up to, and during the event.”
Srinivasan felt that the reach of the tournament was the factor that gave it an edge with respect to the previous World Cup tournaments.
Citing the tremendous buzz in social media networks as an example to prove his point, Srinivasan revealed that the tournament had achieved unprecedented viewership across the globe.
“The ICC had strived to deliver a fan-friendly spectacle, and it has achieved its target.
“Over one million spectators have passed through the turnstiles over the course of the last seven weeks and our thanks to them and, indeed, to all followers of the game globally for the support they have given the competing sides.
“The ICC’s proactive digital enhancement has attracted an unprecedented 36 million unique visitors to its website to date and has accumulated over 300 million page views.
“This represents a 10-fold increase on any previous ICC event.
“A further positive development was the official tournament app, which has been downloaded more than 4.5 million times and has been the number-one sport app in no fewer than 48 countries.”
With the World Cup having gained immense popularity across the globe, Srinivasan hoped that the spirit of the sport will spread across generations.
The unsung heroes of the World Cup – umpires, match officials, curators and volunteers all received a mention from the ICC Chairman who sounded appreciative of the work done in the tournament.
“Congratulations to our Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Match Referees, who have once again displayed a high level of officiating throughout the competition.
“The curators and ground-staff who produced quality pitches across all 14 also deserve special mention.”
“Finally, a special word of thanks to the unsung heroes of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – the team of volunteers in each of the cities whose assistance, courtesy and hospitality added enormously to the feel-good factor around the event.”
With the 2019 ODI World Cup to be held in England, Srinivasan sounded optimistic of raising the standards further in the next edition of the tournament.
“As we reflect on the success of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, it has reinforced 50-over cricket as a hugely exhilarating format of the game, which attracts a large global following.
“It is with confidence that we look forward to ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in the UK.”
The next ICC Tournament will be in 2016 when the focus shifts to India for the Twenty20 World Cup.
Pakistan had a disappointing World Cup after having knocked out of the tournament by the defending champions Australia in the quarter-finals.
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