Legend brings Cup to Warwick
FORMER Australia fast bowler Andy Bichel has fond memories of the ICC Cricket World Cup and Warwick.
It is why Bichel, who was part of Australia's victorious 2003 side and averaged 128 with the bat and 12 with the ball for the tournament, is excited to be in Warwick tomorrow with the World Cup trophy.
"I played rugby league against the Warwick Cowboys in the under-18s and then a couple of years later I was back there playing for Lockyer in the Mitchell Shield," Bichel said.
"It's a town that holds memories for me.
"I was out of the country for eight months last year so I haven't had a chance to get back there in recent times.
"It's exciting to be back in a town I used to frequent."
Bichel said the tour would help kids relate to the tournament when they watch it on television early next year.
"I think having seen the trophy, it will make it a bit more real for them when they watch it on TV," he said.
"They might think 'oh the trophy they're playing for is the one that came to my town'.
"The World Cup hasn't been hosted in Australia since 1992 and it's probably going to be that long before it's hosted in Australia again after this one, so it's important we make the most of it."
Bichel said he hoped the tour would inspire kids to get involved in the sport.
"I think touring with the trophy is a great promotion," Bichel said.
"Hopefully it could inspire one or two kids to get involved with cricket, or any sport for that matter.
"It's great to be a part of the tour."
Former Warwick cricketer Neal Henderson, who played against Bichel during his Mitchell Shield days, said he was impressed by Bichel.
"He was talented," Henderson said.
"He was quicker than the bowlers most of us had faced and you just knew he had a lot of ability.
"He was only a young fella but he was a standout - he just looked a cut above."
ICC Cricket World Cup trophy tour, Warwick stop: 8am-noon tomorrow at Slade Park.