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Cricket World Cup To Benefit PNG Cricket PNG Press Release

Cricket World Cup To Benefit PNG 27 Mar 2015

As the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup enters the business end of the tournament, the event has captured the imagination of the co-hosting nations, New Zealand and Australia. Both countries have performed strongly and are in with a chance to be crowned World Champions when the final is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 29 March in front of a sold-out crowd of 90,000 and a global TV audience of over 1 billion people. Whatever the outcome, it is clear that the World Cup will leave a fantastic legacy for the game in the host nations by inspiring the next generation of players and fans. The World Cup will also leave a legacy in the East Asia-Pacific region with NZ Cricket and Cricket Australia announcing they will be donating some of their proceeds from the event to a Facilities Fund to further develop the sport in this part of the world. In conjunction with the ICC, the co-hosts have committed US$400,000 to go towards the installation of pitches and training facilities at the grassroots level. Cricket Australia Chairman and ICC Director, Wally Edwards said, “We see this fund as a tangible way for cricket’s showpiece event to make a significant impact on growing the game in emerging cricket nations in the region. It demonstrates our desire to build a bigger and better global game.” The Facilities Fund will be available to Cricket PNG and the eight other Associate & Affiliate Members of the ICC in the East Asia-Pacific region and will support up to 50% of the costs of approved projects. The remaining 50% is to be sourced from matching contributions of sponsors or local governments. Potential funders have the unique opportunity of joining forces with one of the world’s biggest sporting events to make a real difference in their own local communities. Contributions can be small or large and those that are interested should make contact with Cricket PNG. Whilst the World Cup final this Sunday will round off an amazing six weeks of international cricket, through the forward thinking of NZ Cricket and Cricket Australia the event will still be able to leave a mark on cricket’s growth in PNG for many years to come. Who knows, a new pitch from the Facilities Fund could even provide the breeding ground for a future World Cup Champion! “Moving forward, we (CPNG) need to improve and build better facilities to give opportunities for boys, girls, men and women to play cricket,” said Gayan Loku, Cricket PNG Game Development Manager. “This great initiative from the ICC, Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket will help CPNG with the development of cricket in this country. I would like to encourage all associations, sponsors and government agency to get in touch with CPNG if they are interested in getting involved in this project.” “Cricket PNG is currently working very closely with Vabukori Community to upgrade their cricket ground through the fund,” Loku said.

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