The International Cricket Council (ICC) has started the countdown to the T20 World Cup with the unveiling of the Men's T20 World Cup Trophy Tour (driven by Nissan), which will take the trophy to 35 different locations in 13 countries across four continents. The tour, which started in Melbourne on July 8, will make stops in Fiji, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Namibia, Singapore, and Vanuatu for the first time ever.
The Trophy Tour is an exciting opportunity for the cricketing fans and the wider community to get involved and to get a glimpse of T20 cricket’s ultimate prize.
The trophy is set to arrive in Port Vila next week, and will be in town from 7 -9 September.
There will be a public celebration during the afternoon of Wednesday September 9 at Independence Park with an official ceremony starting at 3pm. After a tour of various sights around Efate, the trophy will be available for viewing at the Seafront the next day between 3.30pm and 5.30pm and will then be on display when Vanuatu play Fiji in the first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier at the Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Korman on Friday September 9.
Tim Cutler, Vanuatu Cricket CEO added his excitement for Vanuatu Cricket and for cricketing fans in Vanuatu for this historic moment;
“With the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu National Men’s Cricket Team hosting a pathway event on the road to the 2024 T20 World Cup from September 9 it is very exciting that the people of Vanuatu will be able to see the trophy up close and personal, knowing that their national team is only two steps away from qualifying for the main event with a guaranteed berth from the East Asia Pacific region.
“We welcome everyone to come along to one of the public events to get a glimpse of the trophy and to celebrate our country’s highest ranked sporting teams”
ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice says the tour and the T20I format breaks new ground for the international game.
“Celebrating the start of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, is another important milestone in taking the Trophy to ten countries for the first time ever, once again showing our commitment to using the T20 format as vehicle to grow the game and to engage new fans across the world.
The Trophy Tour is designed for fans who are looking to get involved with the World Cup from anywhere in the world. It will allow them to show the world where they play cricket using a 3D augmented reality filter that will be featured on the official T20 World Cup Facebook and Instagram channels. The best of the fan-generated images will be celebrated weekly and a lucky few will be rewarded with ICC Men’s T20 World Cup themed prizes.
The Trophy Tour will come to an end in Geelong, Australia on October 16 when the tournament gets underway at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 for the opening match between Namibia and Sri Lanka. It is the first time that Australia will host the T20 World Cup.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour Details:
Wednesday September 7, Independence Park
From 12pm, cricket activities and demonstrations
3pm: Trophy arrives – welcome ceremony
Thursday September 8
Trophy takes a tour around the sights of Efate
3.30pm-5.30pm: On public display at the Waterfront
Friday September 9, Vanuatu Cricket Ground, Korman
From 9am – Trophy on display in fan area of ground while Vanuatu plays Fiji in the first match of the ICC Men’s t20 World Cup Qualifier