Schedule of pre-event activities and teams’ daily schedules can be found under Important Documents
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today launched its Online Media Zone, and through it announced the schedule of pre-event activities as well as teams’ daily schedules for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which begins on 14 February.
In a further enhancement of the ICC’s ongoing service to the global media, the Online Media Zone will be a one-stop shop for those covering the ICC’s pinnacle event, which will see the world’s 14 best sides go head to head for the ultimate prize in the sport.
Whether you are covering the tournament at the venues themselves or remotely, the Online Media Zone will provide all the information you need, including exclusive print and electronic content.
Unlike during previous events, the ICC will not put out daily training advisories during the tournament. As such, media is strongly advised to register for the Online Media Zone and check for updates/information on a daily basis to ensure it don’t miss out on any news/information.
Some of the important sections of the Online Media Zone include:
Teams’ Daily Schedules
The ICC has released teams’ daily schedules 37 days before the first ball is bowled in the tournament proper to assist the media in finalising travel arrangements and coverage plans.
The teams’ daily schedules includes the pre-event activities programme, which will start on 6 February in Christchurch and Melbourne where the New Zealand and Australia captains, respectively, will hold their pre-tournament media conferences. The following day, both sides are expected to hold open media sessions, which will be attended by, at least, four players from each side.
The teams’ daily schedules are sitting under Important Documents on the homepage of the Online Media Zone.
If there are any changes to the teams’ training schedules during the tournament, these will be notified to the media by the respective teams’ media managers via advisories/alerts, which will subsequently be posted on the Online Media Zone.
Other relevant documents available under Important Documents are:
· ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Playing Conditions
· ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel
The electronic version of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Media Guide as well as the grid on Umpire and Match Referee Appointments will be made available under Important Documents in due course.
Audio and video
In line with ICC’s rights protection policy and as per previous events, non-rights-holding (NRH) camerapersons will not be given access inside the venue on match days (including warm-up matches). This includes post-match press conferences.
However, the ICC will provide unedited broadcast-quality audio and video clips of the post-match media conferences from tournament proper, which will be available for free download and editorial use on the Online Media Zone, approximately 90 minutes after the conclusion of the second press conference.
When using these video clips, TV news channels are requested to credit the International Cricket Council and are reminded that the content can be used for editorial purposes only for a period of 14 days from the date of first release by the ICC.
NRHs are allowed to cover pre-match training sessions and related media conferences.
The ICC will provide verbatim transcripts of the pre- and post-match media conferences, which are expected to be available on the Online Media Zone approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of the press conferences. This service will be available from 6 February 2015.
The tournament carries a prize money of USD$10million, which is a 25 per cent increase from the previous event. The breakdown of prize money as well as the tournament schedules and playing conditions are available on the site.
In addition to this, under Media Info the covering media will find a lot of valuable documents which will assist it in Australia and New Zealand. Some of the documents that sit under Media Info include:
· Visa information
· Accreditation Centres
· Relevant ICC contact details as well as those of all team media managers
· Facilities to be provided in media working areas on match and non-match days
· ICC Travel
· Media Accreditation Terms and Conditions
· FAQs on Media Accreditation, including ICC’s match day pecking order
· ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – News Access Regulation
· Register of unauthorised users
Some of the best players ever to grace the game form a team of guest columnists who will not only preview or analyse the matches during the tournament but will also share their insight, knowledge and experiences in first-person articles in the lead up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
The schedule of forthcoming exclusive content (to be released at 1000 Dubai time on each allotted day) is as follows (this is subject to change):
Thursday, 8 January – Squad analyses
Friday, 9 January – First-person article by Muttiah Muralidaran
Saturday, 10 January – TV interview with Richard Illingworth
Sunday, 11 January – TV interview with Grant Flower
Sunday, 11 January - First-person article by Andy Bichel
Monday, 12 January – First-person article by Graeme Smith
Tuesday, 13 January – TV interview with David Richardson
Wednesday, 14 January – First-person article by Paul Collingwood
Thursday, 15 January – First person article by Javed Miandad
Friday, 16 January – First person article by Trent Johnston
Saturday, 17 January – First person article by Alistair Campbell
Sunday, 18 January – First person article by Aminul Islam
The following first-person articles have already been released and are available for free download and editorial use on the Online Media Zone:
Wednesday, 31 December – First-person article by Sachin Tendulkar
Thursday, 1 January – First-person article by Stephen Fleming
Friday, 2 January – First-person article by Javed Miandad
Saturday, 3 January – First-person article by Sir Vivian Richards
Sunday, 4 January – First-person article by Paul Collingwood
Monday, 5 January – First-person article by Balwinder Singh Sandhu
Tuesday, 6 January – First-person article by Allan Border
Wednesday, 7 January – First-person article by Inzamam-ul-Haq
It is important to mention here that the opinions expressed in the articles are/will be the views of the individual writers and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the International Cricket Council.
The electronic version of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 media guide will be available for download on the Online Media Zone around 15 January 2015. It is a comprehensive document, which includes valuable information such as preparing for travel, travelling within Australia and New Zealand, visa and customs information, venue access and facilities details, key tournament media contacts, squad information, match official information and tournament statistics.