January, 2018Queenstown is all set to host its first international cricket match since
2015 on Monday as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19
Cricket World Cup gets underway.
The John Davies Oval at Queenstown Events Centre will feature nine
matches during the tournament which is being staged throughout New
Zealand from January 13 until February 3.
Entry is free to watch all matches which include Englands four group
games against Namibia, Bangladesh and Canada starting on 15 January.
The top two sides from each group advance to a Super League with six
of these matches, including two quarter finals on 23 and 26 January,
also played on the oval.
Queenstown Lakes District Councillor Scott Stevens said he was looking
forward to watching international cricket in Queenstown again after a
$640,000 upgrade of the John Davies Oval.
Getting the turf back up to ICC standard has been a marvellous team
effort. With eight tournament matches here being broadcast live around
the world, millions of cricket fans will see the results of everyones hard
work, said Cr Stevens.
Most of the England squad have never been to New Zealand before and
the players were telling me how blown away they are by the
opportunity to play cricket on such a beautiful ground. We welcome all
the teams playing here during the tournament and hope theyll cherish
the memory of their visit to the Queenstown Lakes district so early in
Andrew Douglas, head groundsman for Delta at Queenstown Events
Centre, said the dry summer had required careful management of the
"I'm delighted with the condition of the pitch despite recent hot
weather. It's a traditional Queenstown wicket and we're on track for a
great tournament," said Mr Douglas.
All but one of Queenstowns matches will be broadcast globally on TV
which will shine a spotlight on the district as an international tourist
destination as well as a venue for international cricket. The most recent
tournament held in Bangladesh in 2016 generated 2.2 billion viewing
minutes and was carried by 15 broadcasters in 131 territories.
As a free, family event the ICC has stipulated that there are no alcohol
sales on site and no BYO alcohol is permitted. Everyone is welcome to
bring their own picnic and soft drinks and there will be a food truck on
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