Government boost for 2015 Cricket World Cup

Last updated 12:18 14/02/2014
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Next year's Cricket World Cup has received a $5m Valentine's Day present from the New Zealand government.

The substantial cash-injection appears to be ear-marked largely for Christchurch's opening ceremony which Fairfax Media understands will be held on February 12 at Hagley Oval - two days before New Zealand host Sri Lanka in the tournament's first match.

Speaking before today's second test between New Zealand and India in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key announced the financial commitment.

"We are very committed to making sure this is a good event. We've doing a number of things. One is we're putting $5 million into the event to make sure that this, particularly in terms of the opening ceremony, is a world class event."

Public ticket sale open today at 2pm for the 14-team tournament which begins in a year today.

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