Leicester welcomes trophies ahead of ICC Women’s World Cup

Published on 17 May 2017

CRICKET fans in Leicester will be able to get close to two of the game’s best-known trophies later this week, as the city gets ready to host the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup.

The ICC Nissan Trophy Tour arrives in Leicester on Sunday (21 May), when the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women’s World Cup will go on display at the Leicester Caribbean Cricket Club in Evington.

The Ethel Road club will host a junior club festival that celebrates the game of cricket and its role in bringing communities together – and club chairman George Martin is looking forward to hosting the trophy tour as part of the event.

“We’ve got activities taking place on Sunday that will appeal to all ages,” he said.

“Everyone is welcome to pop in, have their photos taken with the trophies, and enjoy the atmosphere.

“People will also be able find out about our coaching sessions for girls and boys, which run throughout the summer, and about the All Stars Cricket programme, which aims to introduce children aged 5-8 to the game.

“With Leicester hosting the ICC Women’s World Cup next month, we’re expecting to see a surge of interest in the game locally.”

The trophies will be on display at the Leicester Caribbean Cricket Club from 3pm until 5pm.

Members and supporters of Leicestershire County Cricket Club will also be able to have their photographs taken with the trophies on Sunday (21 May), when Leicestershire play Kent on the third day of their Specsavers County Championship game at Grace Road.

The trophies will be at the ground from 12.30pm until 2pm.

On Wednesday (24 May), there’s another chance to see the two trophies when they go on display in Leicester city centre.  

People will be able to have their photographs taken with the trophies at the Sporting Statue on Gallowtree Gate between 3pm and 4.45pm.

The trophy tour will visit each of the four ICC Women’s World Cup host cities during May, stopping off at clubs, schools and iconic locations to allow as many fans as possible to see the trophies during the build-up to the tournament, which gets under way on Saturday 24 June.

Leicester’s Grace Road ground will be the venue for seven World Cup fixtures, starting with Pakistan v South Africa on Sunday 25 June and followed by England v Pakistan on Tuesday 27 June.

Leicester City Council is supporting Leicestershire County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board in delivering the ICC Women’s World Cup in Leicester.

City centre director Sarah Harrison said: “We’re very proud that Leicester will be part of this major global tournament and we look forward to welcoming cricket fans from around the world to our city in June.”

The ICC Women’s World Cup gets under way on Saturday 24 June, with 31 matches taking place over 30 days, culminating in the final at Lord’s on Sunday 23 July.

Tickets for all 28 round-robin matches in Leicester, Bristol, Derby and Taunton are now on sale.  Match tickets – £10 for adults, £5 for students (aged 17-23) and £2 for under 16s – are available from www.icc-cricket.com/tickets  

Matches to be played in Leicester are set out below: 

Pakistan v South Africa – Grace Road, Leicester
– Sunday 25 June
 

England v Pakistan – Grace Road, Leicester
– Tuesday 27 June

South Africa v West Indies – Grace Road, Leicester
– Sunday 2 July

Pakistan v Australia – Grace Road, Leicester
– Wednesday 5 July
 

South Africa v India – Grace Round, Leicester
– Saturday 8 July

West Indies v Pakistan – Grace Road, Leicester
– Tuesday 11 July

Pakistan v Sri Lanka – Grace Road, Leicester
– Saturday 15 July

*All matches will start at 10.30 (UK time)