17th May 2017
Trophy Tour in Leicester this weekend!
There has been lots of good news from the ICC Women’s World Cup recently, including increased prize money, live streaming from every fixture, Charlotte Edwards being named as a tournament ambassador, and that the ICC Nissan Trophy Tour is coming to Leicester this Sunday (May 21).
The combined tour over 30 days during May is seeing the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup travel together for the first time ever to visit each of the seven host cities for the two tournaments.
It started in Taunton on Tuesday, May 2 and has recently popped to Glastonbury, SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. It will finish at The Oval on Thursday, June 1 for the opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England v Bangladesh.
The ICC Nissan Trophy Tour will visit clubs, schools and iconic locations in Leicester to allow as many fans as possible to see the Trophies during the build up to the tournaments.
One of the highlights includes a trip to Grace Road during the third day of the Specsavers County Championship game against Kent.
- 21 May 2017 - Kibworth Cricket Club (10am-12noon)
- 21 May 2017 - Grace Road during Leicestershire v Kent in the Specsavers County Championship (12.30pm-2pm)
- 21 May 2017 - Leicester Caribbean Cricket Club (3pm-5pm)
- 24 May 2017 - Leicestershire Primary School visit
- 24 May 2017 - Leicestershire Secondary School visit
- 24 May 2017 - Leicester City Centre – Gallowtree Gate near Sporting Capital statue (3pm-4.45pm)
Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan MBE said: “It is absolutely fantastic that the people of Leicester will get to see the two major trophies as they make their way across the country. We are hugely excited to be a part of the ICC Nissan Trophy Tour as well as hosting a prestigious global event.”
The financial incentive for the winners has increased to $2million and every ball of the tournament in England and Wales - which takes place from June 24 to July 3 - will be broadcast live. That means 21 fixtures are set to be live streamed, seven of which from Grace Road, and ten are to be televised.
ICC Women’s World Cup ambassador Edwards, who lifted the World Cup title herself in 2009, will switch from the crease to the microphone in June, taking on a commentary role following her retirement from international cricket in 2016.
“The ICC’s commitment to women’s cricket has just been amazing over the last few years,” said Edwards, who skippered the national side for a decade.
“The 50-over World Cup is the pinnacle of the women’s game, and to think that the players are going to be properly rewarded for that is absolutely brilliant.
“To think that every game is now going to be broadcast is going to be absolutely fantastic for people all over the world who want to capture this World Cup and I’m looking forward to everyone all over the world having the opportunity to watch these wonderful players.”
* Tickets for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 are available to buy via www.icc-cricket.com/tickets