World Cup tour to get more fans on the field
THE Cricket World Cup will be in Warwick at 8am-noon on Sunday at Slade Park.
Retired Australian player Andy Bichel, who played in Warwick as a teenager for Lockyer, will be in Warwick at 10am Sunday with the cup.
The tour with the cup is being planned to promote next year's World Cup in one-day (50-over) men's cricket which includes three games at the Gabba.
Warwick Cricket Association president Michael Bourke said the cup would be on show in Toowoomba during the same tour.
"Fans will be able to view and hold the cup and have their photo with it on the day," Bourke said.
It will be a free promotion for all fans and a Cricket Australia representative will be in Warwick with the cup and plenty of fun activities will be organised from 8am.
"We want people not involved in cricket to come along and bring their children. It would be great to see people from smaller centres visit Warwick on the day."
It is rare for a World Cup to be brought to Warwick. Trophy promotions are more often at larger centres of population. All-rounder Shane Watson is likely to be the Warwick area connection in the Australian team.
His family is originally from Killarney and he has many relatives on the Southern Downs.
The Netball World Cup has been to Warwick and the World Polocrosse Cup was played at Morgan Park in 2007 and 2011.
Gabba cup games: February 21 - Australia v Bangladesh day/night. February 25 - Ireland v United Arab Emirates day/night. March 1 - Pakistan v Zimbabwe day/night. Tickets on at tickets.cricket worldcup.com