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25 March 201407:26

Prime Ministers send their message of support

With one year to go to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (CWC 2015), the Prime Ministers of the two host nations have written a message for fans, supporters and friends of the tournament.

Prime Ministers send their message of support - Cricket News

Both Australia and New Zealand are looking forward to welcoming the world to their shores in 2015

Message from the Prime Minister of Australia

It is now one year until the ICC Cricket World Cup final.

This is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and it will be an opportunity to showcase Australia, our great cities and Australian cricket.

We will welcome around 50,000 international visitors to our shores and a further one billion people are expected to watch the World Cup on television. This will make it one of the world’s most viewed sporting events.

Australia has a proud history at the World Cup having won four times and been runner-up twice. This is the best performance by far of any participating nation.

Sharing this event with New Zealand will draw out the two strands of our long friendship – collaboration and competition!

There will be collaboration off the field to make this a success and there will be ferocious competition on the field.

I am confident we will put on a great event that will showcase Australia to the cricketing world.

Let’s hope the home team triumphs in March 2015!

The Hon Tony Abbott
Prime Minister of Australia


Message from the Prime Minister of New Zealand

With one year until the final, New Zealand is looking forward to jointly hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and we are committed to making sure it is a huge success.

We see it as a fantastic opportunity to showcase the very best our country has to offer to thousands of visitors and an estimated one billion people watching on television.

From back yard cricket to competing at the highest level, cricket is a game that brings pride and passion to our people. The ICC Cricket World Cup will be a celebration of a great summer game, with matches and moments that will inspire the next generation of players.

The ICC Cricket World Cup also provides a special opportunity for cricket fans to visit both New Zealand and Australia. I was pleased to announce, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, that cricket fans will only have to secure a single visa to see games on both sides of the Tasman.

New Zealand will be a nation of four million hosts for the 14 cricket teams and the thousands of supporters visiting from all over the world.

I’m looking forward to watching some great cricket next year and cheering on the BLACKCAPS.

Best wishes,

Rt Hon John Key
Prime Minister of New Zealand


Having first hosted the tournament in 1992, both Australia and New Zealand are looking forward to welcoming the world to their shores in 2015.

The tournament promises to be a six-week festival of fierce rivalry on the field and the uniting of fans off the field.

Make sure you follow all the action at www.cricketworldcup.com