Adelaide has garnered an outstanding hosting schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Adelaide will host the biggest game in limited overs cricket as part of its schedule of two warm-up matches, three pool games and a quarter final featuring Australia, should they make the knockout stage.
The draw has India playing its opening match in the tournament in Adelaide against their traditional rivals Pakistan on Sunday 15 February 2015. The last time these two sides played against each other during the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June, the game drew an estimated international viewing audience of one billion people. Tickets to the match in Birmingham were sold out in under three hours.
The State Government, through the South Australian Tourism Commission, had a specific strategy in bidding for a schedule that would guarantee the maximum exposure for Adelaide and South Australia.India will not only play their first match on the opening weekend of the tournament in Adelaide, but they will based here for a week prior to that game playing warm-up matches, including one against Australia. The SATC will use the event to market the State as a tourism destination and other agencies will use the focus on Adelaide to highlight business and trade opportunities in India.
The State Government also has extended an invitation to the Board for Cricket Control in India to send a squad of young players from underprivileged backgrounds to Adelaide during that summer to train in our international class facilities.
Having an England match (against Bangladesh) and another match featuring Pakistan were further bonuses in the Adelaide schedule.
ICC Cricket World Cup Local Organising Committee Chief Executive, John Harnden said the redeveloped Adelaide Oval and the State’s range of tourist attractions made it an ideal host city. "Adelaide Oval is famous throughout the cricket world," Mr Harnden said. "With its capacity increased to more than 50,000 and new world class spectator facilities, it is a
great stage on which to play some of the biggest matches in the tournament come 2015."
The Chief Executive of the South Australian Cricket Association, Keith Bradshaw said the allocation of some of best matches was a great reward for patient South Australian cricket fans that will be enjoying their first cricket season at a redeveloped Adelaide Oval. "The colour and excitement of a Team India at a World Cup will leave a lasting legacy for
cricket and our focus on India acknowledges the importance of this emerging market."
Throughout the tournament the Southern Plaza at Adelaide Oval will operate as a giant fan zone with music and events reflecting the multicultural nature of the tournament, alongside sponsor activation zones and of course the opportunity to watch World Cup matches on the giant screens.
The event runs from 14 February – 28 March 2015. Adelaide's matches at the Oval are scheduled to be:
Australia v India – warm-up match – Sunday, 8 February 2015
India v qualifier – warm-up match – Thursday, 12 February 2015
India v Pakistan – pool match – Sunday, 15 February 2015
England v Bangladesh – pool match – Monday, 9 March 2015
Pakistan v qualifier – pool match – Saturday, 15 March 2015
Australia* v TBC – Quarter Final – Friday, 20 March 2015 *In the event Australia qualifies for the knock out stage.