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17 April 201409:47 By John Harnden, CEO ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

300 Days to Go Progress Report

The countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is well and truly on. In 300 days (on 14 February 2015), the tournament will begin at Hagley Oval in Christchurch and will culminate with the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 29 March.

300 Days to Go Progress Report - Cricket News

Big crowds are expected to flock to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand next year.

For 44 days, the eyes of the world will be on Australia and New Zealand as 14 nations play 49 matches across two countries in the quest to become the world champion.

Each milestone we pass on the road to the tournament provides an opportunity to reflect on the good work done and look forward to the journey ahead.

In each of our 14 host cities across Australia and New Zealand, work is being done to not just create an unforgettable experience for fans and visitors, but also to showcase the fine cities to millions of viewers across the world.

A big part of the tournament’s success and showcasing of the cities will be the team of volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the volunteer team in one of our 14 host cities, it is not too late. Visit www.cricketworldcup.com/volunteers for more information and to apply.

It was fantastic to welcome Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Australia and New Zealand earlier this week.

The royal couple took part in a cricket game in Christchurch featuring cricket legends and children representing each of the 14 participating nations. Their visit to Christchurch was not only a great preview of the tournament next year but was also another step in the recovery and rejuvenation of the Garden City following the 2011 earthquakes.

In a special event at the Sydney Opera House, I was proud to stand alongside Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath, Southern Stars all-rounder Ellyse Perry and Cricket Australia Director Michael Kasprowicz to talk to the royal couple about the tournament.

The diversity of cricket was also on display at the event as we were joined by children from the 14 participating nations, who presented specially commissioned indigenous cricket bats to the royal couple.

Although the cricket season is now over in Australia and New Zealand, the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 continues to heat up.

While work continues off the park in all of our host cities, the 14 participating nations are stepping up their One-Day International (ODI) workloads to prepare for the tournament.