Bristol to host three games at Cricket World Cup 2019
Bristol has been awarded three games at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the tournament returns to England and Wales next year.
The Bristol County Ground in Bishopston will host the following fixtures:
Saturday 1st June 2019 – Afghanistan v Australia (Day/Night)
Friday 7th June 2019 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Day)
Tuesday 11th June 2019 – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (Day)
England will play the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup England and Wales 2019 at The Oval against South Africa on 30 May 2019. The tournament will culminate in a record fifth final at a packed Lord’s Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket – on 14 July 2019.
This is the first time that a ICC Cricket World Cup has been held in the UK since 1999. ECB hosted the first three ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments in 1975, 1979 and 1983.
Gloucestershire Cricket Chief Executive Will Brown expressed his excitement: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a host venue for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 and are delighted to be welcoming so many fantastic teams to Bristol. To be hosting the current champions Australia in their opening match of the tournament is a great honour and we look forward to them taking on Afghanistan under the lights here at Bristol.
“Two other former World Cup winning nations will also be in Bristol in the form of Sri Lanka and current ICC Champions Trophy Winners, Pakistan. Bangladesh, coached by Gloucestershire Legend, Courtney Walsh make up the mix of teams and we know all will be given a very warm West Country welcome.”
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Locally we are working to make sport more accessible in our city in order to increase participation, encourage more home-grown elite talent and attract more world class events to Bristol. To hold an international event of this scale will be great for encouraging tourism from around the world and hopefully inspiring the next generation of sport stars here in Bristol.
“We are hosting some great fixtures and I’ll be personally counting down the days until the first ball is bowled in Bristol on 1st June.”
Steve Elworthy, the ECB Tournament Director, added: ‘‘Today’s announcement of the schedule is another important moment in the build-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – the moment that the tournament comes to life for teams and cricket lovers across the world. This is the flagship event in one day cricket.
“Because of the UK’s diverse population, every competing team will also be guaranteed a ‘home crowd’ every time they play at some of the most iconic cricket grounds in the world. “The Cricket World Cup is the 3rd most watched global event and has huge interest and appeal amongst cricket fans. Our ambition is to grow the game and deliver the greatest ever cricket celebration and with that in mind we have very carefully developed our ticket prices.”
The full schedule can be accessed here.
Fans will have the opportunity to be the first to apply for tickets during the Cricket Family Ballot, which opens 8 May until 8pm on Friday 1 June.