Miccio 'hopeful' of world cup bid success
Nelson appears to have won the rights to host at least two pool matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup in February 2015.
Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio will fly to Wellington tomorrow at the invitation of the International Cricket Council to attend the launch event in at which the announcement of the successful venue cities will be made.
Miccio said he was ‘‘hopeful’’, but his attendance at the presentation of the tournament fixtures suggests Nelson’s bid has been successful.
‘‘I am hopeful we will be successful, it will be a massive deal like Rugby World Cup all over again and I am glad we can continue to deliver major events for Nelson.’’
The council submitted a bid to be a host city for the 2015 world cup earlier this year, the original bid was for two warm-up matches and two pool matches.
However, Mr Miccio said he hoped that Nelson would win a third pool match. If that were the case, with pools of four teams, it would guarantee Nelson a game involving a leading cricket nation.
The council has set a budget of $900,000, including staff time, and also gave support in principle to a budget of $40,850 to be spent in the next financial year on bringing Saxton Oval up to one-day international standards.
In February a delegation of officials from the ICC and their commercial partners and with local organisers visited Nelson. The Nelson City Council presented its bid in the Saxton Oval Pavilion, before going on a tour of the proposed match venue.
Mr Miccio said Nelson was invited to bid for the cricket world cup, which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand, due to the legacy of hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011.
The launch event for the world’s fourth-largest sporting event will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1 at 12pm where the mayors of the successful host venues will be in attendance along with Prime Minister John Key, Richard Hadlee and other cricket greats