Bristol will celebrate its status as a 2019 Men’s Cricket World Cup Host City with a three-day visit from the tournament trophy in March, ahead of the staging of three matches at the County Ground this summer.
The trophy will appear at events and landmarks in the city between Friday-Sunday, March 8-10 as part of a 100-day tour of England and Wales to celebrate the tournament, which includes a trio of matches here between June 1-11.
As well as schools and scout activities during the three-day tour of Bristol, the trophy will also visit cricket clubs and the SS Great Britain as well as the St Mark’s Road Carnival on Saturday, March 9 where residents, community and religious groups and traders will be encouraged to celebrate the hosting of the tournament.
Broadmead will also host a ‘Super Saturday’ event featuring music, special guests, entertainment and a street cricket tournament on May 4 in the build-up to the tournament, which gets under way with the opening match between England and South Africa at London’s Oval ground on May 29.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “The Super Saturday open event in the city will be a great chance for cricket fans and the public to get close to the trophy and enjoy the build-up to the three ICC Cricket World Cup matches taking place at Bristol’s County Ground in June.
“Our status as a CWC19 Host City, following the successful hosting of eight ICC Women’s World Cup matches in 2017, adds to Bristol’s profile in line with our goal to attract world class sports events to the city.
“With reigning champions Australia, former champions Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as Bangladesh and Afghanistan all playing in Bristol this summer, the Trophy Tour and tournament will be an excellent opportunity for the city’s diverse communities to all enjoy a global sporting event together.’’
Lifted by the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winners at Lord’s on July 14, the trophy will visit the 11 CWC Host Cities, having already visited 18 countries worldwide throughout the tour.
The County Ground hosts tournament games between World Cup holders Australia and Afghanistan (June 1), with former champions Pakistan and Sri Lanka meeting on June 7 and the fixture between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh taking place on June 11.
Bristol’s County Ground also hosts warm-up fixtures between Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday, May 24, South Africa and the Windies on Sunday, May 26 and the Windies and New Zealand on Tuesday, May 28, prior to the start of the tournament.