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There are now just 200 days to go until the start of the 2015 ICC World Cup with tournament organisers marking the milestone by announcing a number of warm-up matches for the qualifying nations to be played across September and October.
The tours, which are part of the ICC’s High Performance Program, will see Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates play against state and territory teams including the ACT, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
As part of the tour the qualifiers will be able to call upon a number of specialist coaches and former players from around Australia to their training and planning sessions.
Chief Executive of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John Harnden, said he was excited to have the teams competing in Australia.
“With just 200 days to go until the first match in Christchurch, it’s pleasing to see the momentum build toward the tournament. We’re looking forward to welcoming Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland and United Arab Emirates to Australia and New Zealand in September and October,” said Mr Harnden.
“Both New Zealand and Australia have such diverse communities, which are passionate about their varied heritage and, in many cases, passionate about cricket. We’ll be working hard in the communities in which the matches are playing to encourage fans to get out and support these sides prior to the tournament.”
Tickets for the tournament are currently on sale at www.cricketworldcup.com and fans are encourage to get behind one of the associate members and watch them in action.