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ICC Champions Trophy attracts hundreds of fans

Hundreds of cricket fans from across the United Arab Emirates enjoy a unique opportunity

ICC Champions Trophy attracts hundreds of fans - Cricket News
Hundreds of cricket fans from across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) enjoyed a unique opportunity to get up close to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 trophy over the weekend, ahead of its departure to England and Wales for the tournament to be played from 6-23 June.

The trophy, which will be the prize for which the world's best cricketers from the eight top-ranked sides will compete, was displayed at the Lamcy Plaza, Bur Dubai, Dubai, at the weekend.

An estimated 25,000 visitors passed by the stand over the two days, with a number of them making the most of the chance to actually be photographed with the trophy. In addition to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 trophy, cricket bats signed by all the top participating sides from the ICC Champions Trophy 2006, along with national caps of the eight side taking part in the forthcoming event, were also on display.

ICC's General Manager – Commerical, Campbell Jamieson, who visited the stand on Friday, said: "The response from the public has been tremendous. It was pleasing to see people from different ages and walks of life come to stand and be photographed with the trophy.

"The response clearly reflects that people are waiting for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 to begin. And why not, after all, this event of the elite puts world's best cricketers against each other in a short and sharp tournament in which very match counts."

Karan Suresh, a 20-year-old engineering student who came all the way from Abu Dhabi, said: "I'm a big cricket fan. As as soon as I read in the newspaper that the trophy was going to be here we drove over from Abu Dhabi. We got a bit lost, but three hours in the car is worth it to see it. It is amazing."

The eight-year-old Bala Subramanium, a student of the Indian High School in Dubai, commented: "I love cricket and when I knew the trophy was going to be here I asked my dad to bring me to see it. I've only ever seen it on TV, and it is much bigger than I realized. I can't wait to show my friends my picture of it."

The ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be staged at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval from 6-23 June. It will feature eight sides, which have been equally divided into two groups.

Group A includes Australia, England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka while India, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies complete Group B.

On the opening day of the tournament in Cardiff, India will square off against South Africa, while Pakistan will open its campaign against the West Indies on the following day at The Oval. India and Pakistan will lock horns in one of the feature matches of the tournament at Edgbaston on 15 June.

The top two sides from each group will progress to the semi-finals that will be played at The Oval and Cardiff Wales Stadium on 19 and 20 June, respectively, with the final at Edgbaston on 23 June.

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