The weather at the moment may not suggest that summer cricket is on its way, but Sport-locker.net is certainly getting in the mood for it!
And that’s because the International Cricket Council (ICC) have today announced that tickets for the fifteen matches of the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013 will go on sale to the public on Monday 5 November 2012 at 10:30 at www.icc-cricket.com.
The ICC Champions Trophy features the eight best one day international teams in the world (according to the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Rankings) and will be played out across three grounds – Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Oval and Edgbaston – over eighteen days (6 – 23 June 2013).
Attending the tournament launch event in central London in front of global media was England captain Alastair Cook, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, and Tournament Director Steve Elworthy.
Alastair Cook, England captain, said: “Next summer’s ICC Champions Trophy is a very important event for us as a side. We don’t often get the opportunity to play an ICC World event on home soil, and as we have a very good home record we have the chance to do something special next summer.”
The tournament begins on Thursday 6 June 2013 when India face South Africa at Cardiff Wales Stadium, and closes with the Final on Sunday 23 June 2013 at Edgbaston. The eight teams are split into two groups, with each team playing 3 group matches. The top two in each group progress to a semi-final, and the winners of the semis meet in the Final.
Fans can register their interest in the tournament now at icc-cricket.com (before tickets go on sale), which will speed up the ticket purchasing process on 5 November.
Adult tickets are priced in three categories – Gold, Silver and Family Stand – and range from £20 (for a group game in the Family Stands) up to £60 (Gold ticket for the Final).
Tickets for under 16s are priced at £5 for the entire tournament (including the Final), but must attend with an adult. A new pricing structure also sees the introduction of tickets for under 21s, priced between £10 – £25.
Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain and two-times winner of the ICC Champions Trophy, said (not present at the event): “Winning the Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009 are two of the proudest moments in my career and it was always a tournament that I looked forward to playing in.
“Next year will be the last ever Champions Trophy and that will make it even more special for the eight countries competing. It’s going to be an amazing few months of cricket in England with the Champions Trophy in June followed by the Investec Ashes Series throughout July and August.”
See the best 8 teams in one day international cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013 – tickets for The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are on sale on 5 November at icc-cricket.com (pre-registration open now).