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100-DAY ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP TROPHY TOUR ANNOUNCED

Hundreds of children across the county are set to be inspired after the 100-day schedule for the domestic leg of the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, was announced.

The schedule was revealed today ahead of its start date on 19 February – when it will commence its journey across the length and breadth of England and Wales, covering thousands of miles and making stops in more than 20 towns and cities.

The trophy, which will be lifted by the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winners at Lord’s on 14 July, will be driven around England and Wales in a Nissan LEAF – Europe’s top-selling electric vehicle (EV)*-  making this tour the first ICC Trophy Tour powered by an all-electric vehicle.

From extreme sports and a cricket match underground to a theme park and a quintessential English village, the trophy is set for some unique visits during its time on tour, with its final stop on 29 May the day before the tournament opener of England v South Africa at The Oval.

On March 4 the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup trophy will be taken to a number of schools across the county before taking centre stage at a special cricket fun session for some of Somerset CCC’s Junior Members.

The following day the trophy will Visit West Somerset Railway before making its way back in to Taunton where it will visit one of the town’s schools before going on general display.

Thousands of fans have already had the chance to catch a glimpse of the trophy during the international leg of the tour, with cricketing legends such as Brian Lara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and VVS Laxman – just to name a few – visiting it along the way. The trophy has made stops at each of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 participating nations, with additional visits to countries in Europe and Africa, and as far as Nepal and the USA. By the time the Trophy Tour reaches England and Wales, it will have visited 18 countries worldwide.

Commencing on 19 February, the trophy will visit the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Host Cities of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Durham, Southampton, Cardiff and Taunton, stopping off at each Host Venue.

While supporting the development of grassroots cricket by visiting every first-class county, the Trophy Tour also aims to take cricket to new areas with stops at other towns and cities across England and Wales. The 100-day route showcases an array of different communities and celebrates multi-cultural Britain at its finest.

There will be a number of open events throughout the tour where fans will get the opportunity to get close to the trophy, including three ‘Super Saturdays’ in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. These will combine music, special guests, entertainment and a street cricket tournament involving local businesses, fan groups and the public.

The ICC will be offering the chance for three lucky fans to get a personal visit from the trophy during the tour. Members of the public can nominate someone who they feel deserves to be recognised for their contribution to cricket and the wider community to win a visit from the trophy. More details can be found here.

Fans can follow the trophy’s journey through the Trophy Tour section of the ICC Cricket World Cup website. The interactive map will follow the tour’s itinerary, outlining information about each stop. There will also be behind-the-scenes content across all ICC Cricket World Cup digital channels.

The full #CWCTrophyTour schedule, driven by Nissan, can be viewed here.

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 Managing Director, Steve Elworthy said:Today is another huge milestone in our journey to the Cricket World Cup, as we announce the 100-day Trophy Tour across England and Wales.

“We have seen an incredible response from supporters as it’s made its way around the world, visiting communities across numerous countries.

“The countdown to the tournament will feel very real when the trophy arrives in England and Wales, and we look forward to it visiting some iconic and special locations before the opening match on 30 May.

“We’d also like to thank Nissan for all their commitment in delivering the Trophy Tour, it would not be possible without their help and support.”

Somerset CCC CEO, Andrew Cornish said: “To be playing an active role within the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is genuinely an honour. The tournament as a whole is certainly going to be one to remember, and The Trophy Tour will play a large part in that.

“To be able to give local people, and local children in particular, the chance to interact with such a prestigious trophy truly is a money-can’t-buy experience and we are really excited about being able to spread the word about this incredible tournament.”

Nicolas Verneuil, Marketing Director, Nissan Motors GB, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the first ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour driven by an all-electric vehicle – Europe’s best-selling in fact* – the Nissan LEAF.

“As our hero electric vehicle – LEAF embodies energy, passion and excitement – all the components needed for a successful Cricket World Cup! We can’t wait to show off its Nissan Intelligent Mobility credentials as we take it for a ‘spin’ across the nation and get fans excited about electric mobility.”

For more information about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, please click here.

* Based on Nissan LEAFs sold in Europe up to end of December 2018. For more information about the Nissan please read on here

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