The Caribbean call
Have you got your tickets for the Cricket World Cup? Do it now or you might miss the bus, says Anoopam S Thapa.india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 17:25 IST
If your soccer hangover is over, you can start planning for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 which kicks-off on March 13 next year in the Caribbean Is lands. The mega event will see a total of 67 games — 16 warm-ups and 51 in the tournament, from the group stage to the final.
If you plan to witness the event, you have to act now as the first phase of the ticket applications for the World Cup closed on July 31. Chris Dehring, MD and CEO, ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007, says, “We’ve got tremendous response for the spectacle and already fans from 114 countries have applied for the tickets.”
Fans No 1
There is some encouragement for the Men in Blue as more than a thousand Indians have applied for the Follow A-Path package. This is the maximum number of applications by fans from any of the 16 participating countries.
“The package allows the fans to follow their team from the group stage up to the final, if the said team advances that far,” Dehring adds.
Last week, the West Indies cricket delegation came to India to launch the event logo and mascot of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in India. “We are working with global partners to highlight the World Cup brand in India,” said Dehring.
Selling the Islands
According to the prime minister of Grenada and chairman of CARICOM Prime Ministers’ sub-committee on cricket, Dr Keith Mitchell, “This World Cup will showcase life in the Caribbean and tourism is a major pillar in most of the countries. Indians will love the experience as 50 per cent of the population in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago is of East Indian descent.”
As for the accommodation, Dehring informs that staying in cruise liners will be one of the more exciting options. Details of the World Cup 2007 are available on www.cricketworldcup.com.