Excitement builds in Birmingham for ICC Champions Trophy with 100 days to go
With 100 days to go until the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 cricket fans in Birmingham are turning their attention towards one of the game’s most prestigious tournaments, which features the eight best one day international teams in the world and concludes at Edgbaston Stadium.
Birmingham will become the first UK city outside of London to stage the Final of a global men’s cricket tournament when the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 reaches its climax at Edgbaston on Sunday 23rd June. The £32 million redeveloped stadium will also host England v Australia, Pakistan v South Africa, Australia v New Zealand and India v Pakistan in the Group stages.
Edgbaston’s five ICC Champions Trophy 2013 games are set to bring a £12.6 million boost to the local economy and Cllr Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, believes that the city has much to look forward to as one of the tournament’s three host cities.
He said: “The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 is a unique sporting occasion that allows much of Birmingham’s diverse population to get behind their team, with opportunities to watch England, India, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand all at Edgbaston.
“The tournament promises to be one of the leading events in this year’s sporting calendar. With Edgbaston redeveloped and one of the finest sports stadiums in the UK, we’re looking forward to hosting such prestigious matches and welcoming tournament officials, players and supporters to Birmingham in what is another fantastic sporting year for the city.”
To celebrate 100 days to go, the ICC has taken a look back through the archives at the 37 centuries scored during the tournament's 15 year history and shortlisted five of the best. Cricket fans are being asked to vote on their favourite by visiting www.facebook.com/cricketicc before 1 March 2013, with highlights from the most popular innings being uploaded to the ICC website.
Tickets to three of Edgbaston’s five matches have already sold out their initial allocations, including India v Pakistan, England v Australia, and the Final. More tickets are due to come on sale in April.
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal, the number-one ranked ODI bowler in the world, is looking forward to his country’s two games at Edgbaston and wants his team to end its run of semi-final heartbreaks at ICC events by making the final of an ICC event for the first time in four years.
“Last time we lost the semi-final in South Africa against New Zealand at Centurion. The last four ICC events we have got through to the semi-final. This time with the ICC Champions Trophy coming, we want to win it. That is what we are dreaming,” said Saeed.
Current ticket data for the ICC Champions Trophy reveals that the tournament is attracting a new, younger audience to game, with the average age of buyers down to 38 from the traditional figure of 44. Nearly a third of these are aged 25-34, while 60% are first-time buyers at the three venues.
Adult tickets for the ICC Champions Trophy are priced in three categories – Gold, Silver and Family Stand – and range from £20 (for a group game in the Family Stands) up to £60 (Gold ticket for the Final). Tickets for under 16s are priced at £5 for the entire tournament (including the Final), but must attend with an adult. A new pricing structure also sees the introduction of tickets for under 21s, priced between £10 - £25.
To be the first to find out all the ticket news fans can register details at www.icc-cricket.com