The ICC World Cup will get underway in England and Wales next year but cricket fans in Bangladesh will get the opportunity to see the prestigious trophy in their own country in October, the International Cricket Council said in a media release on Saturday.
The nine-month long World Cup Trophy Tour will start its journey from the ICC headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday and it will travel across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities.
During its travel around across the countries, the trophy will be exhibited in four cities of Bangladesh — Dhaka, Khulna, Sylhet and Chittagong — from October 17 to 23 and will visit iconic and unusual locations, communities, schools, universities and even people’s homes in a bid to connect people globally.
The trophy will be displayed in Dhaka from October 17 to 19 before it will be showed in Khulna and Sylhet on October 20 and 21 respectively.
Chittagong fans can see the prominent trophy on October 22 and 23 and later the trophy will move to Nepal for its existing tour.
Fans will be able to take part in a virtual reality cricket zone, have their photo taken with the trophy and feel what it is like to be at the Cricket World Cup, with a unique in-stadia experience, as well as a range of other exciting activities across the tour.
‘The Trophy Tour is a unique opportunity for fans around the world to be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup and by going to more countries and more cities than ever before we’re giving people more opportunities to be part of this fantastic sporting event,’ ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson was quoted in the media release.
The Trophy will travel not only to countries taking part in the tournament, but for the first time ever will go beyond traditional cricket heartlands and connect with fans in a further 11 countries where cricket is growing including United States, Germany, Nigeria, France and Belgium.
The Trophy later will arrive in England and Wales on February 19 next year for a 100-day domestic tour.
Hosts England will take on South Africa in the opening match of the 2019 ICC World Cup at Kennington Oval, London on May 30 next year.
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