This year’s Women’s Cricket World Cup opening fixture is taking place at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and a Trophy Tour to celebrate the occasion will get underway next month.
The Bay Beach Bonanza will kick off the tour on February 4 at Mount Maunganui with beach cricket, food trucks and other activities shining a light on the World Cup’s presence in the Bay of Plenty – with just 50 days to go until the competition begins.
After the Mount event, the tour will continue on to Tauranga, Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Dunedin and more, before concluding in Christchurch on February 26.
"Taking this tournament to all of New Zealand is key to our kaupapa,” says CWC 22 CEO Andrea Nelson.
“The tour will start things off with a bang with plenty of chances to get involved and learn more about the tournament. We'd love to welcome as many kiwis on the tour as possible.”
The tour is said to be a chance for communities, schools, cultural and sporting groups to whet their appetite before the show starts.
Opportunities will be present for thousands of New Zealanders to try cricket activities, meet well known faces and have photos taken with the ICC CWC 22 Trophy.
The final schedule is yet to be confirmed but will include a community cultural event in Auckland on February 5, the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield match between Northern Districts and Hearts in Hamilton on Waitangi Day, a masters games closing event in Dunedin on February 13 and a closing event in Christchurch on February 26.
"Thanks go to all our host cities and major association partners for their enthusiasm and support to deliver the perfect entree to the feast of cricket ahead,” says Andrea.
“The tour is coming to a town near you, we can't wait to see you there.”
New Zealand take on the West Indies in the tournament’s opening game at the Bay Oval on March 4.
The Mount Maunganui venue will also play host to one of the sport’s great rivalries, as the Pakistan and India teams go head to head on March 6.
A total of seven games will be taking place in the Bay of Plenty with South Africa, England and Bangladesh also in action.