Richardson Pleased With World Cup 2015 Preparations

The World Cup trophy is held aloft
2015 World Cup preparations are going well, and ICC chief executive David Richardson is happy with progress
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ICC Chief Executive David Richardson believes that preparations for the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand are on track to 'deliver a really memorable event'.

Richardson has received detailed briefings and presentations in Melbourne and Wellington and followed venue inspections as all 14 venues were scrutinised.

He was updated on a number of matters relating to event management including match and non-match day venue operations, safety and security, ticketing and marketing, hospitality, the status of construction work at various grounds, preparations being made by the host cities, media and broadcast operations, event legacy programmes and PR and community engagement.

Richardson also attended a World Cup 2015 Board meeting in Wellington, following which he expressed his satisfaction with the progress being made.

"The updates I have received from these meetings give us great confidence that we are on track to deliver a really memorable event," he said.

"There is tremendous enthusiasm and anticipation amongst the LOC staff and no stone is being left unturned to ensure the teams, officials, sponsors and media are warmly received and enjoy a great experience during the ICC’s flagship ODI event.

"For fans in Australia and New Zealand, this is once in a generation opportunity for them to see a galaxy of modern day stars battle out for the ultimate prize in cricket.

"The two countries possess outstanding playing facilities. Whilst there is some work still to be done at a few venues to enhance the existing infrastructure and facilities, all these projects have the support and backing of the local states and councils and we are confident that the work will be completed before the start of their domestic international cricket seasons."

He went on to praise Christchurch in particular, which continues its recovery from devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2011.

The city will host three matches, including the tournament's opening game between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

"Christchurch is at the heart of sport activities in New Zealand. It has gone through some difficult times following the earthquakes but the city’s resilience and the developments at Hagley Oval are fantastic to see.

"We look forward to the return of international cricket to Christchurch for the opening match on 14 February."

And Richardson added that with the start of the event getting closer, there is no room for any complacency.

"With 169 days remaining before the first ball is bowled and the final rounds of meetings and inspections having taken place, the focus is now on delivery. 

"We understand how important World Cups are to the players and the fans and both the ICC and the LOC remain committed to ensuring the event lives up to its very high standards and expectations."

Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events, who led the inspection tour, said: "Australia and New Zealand possess a first class set of venues, which will be excellent hosts for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches.

"Facilities are being improved with upgrades at a number of venues and these are on track.

"The focus is now to finalise operational plans with the LOC and each venue, and ensure these plans are executed and implemented to the highest of standards."

© Cricket World 2014


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