Cricket Fiji set to gain from CWC

CRICKET Fiji is set to gain from the success of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup which was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

Both teams played in the final with Australia being crowned the world champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 90,000 and a global TV audience of more than one billion people.

Following the success of the tournament, New Zealand Cricket and Cricket Australia announced they will be donating some of their proceeds from the event to a Facilities Fund to further develop the sport in the East Asia-Pacific region.

In conjunction with the International Cricket Council, the co-hosts have committed US$400,000 (F$822,719) towards the installation of pitches and training facilities at the grassroots level.

“The Facilities Fund will be available to Cricket Fiji and the eight other associate and affiliate members of the ICC in the East Asia-Pacific region and will support up to 50 per cent of the costs of approved projects,” a statement from Cricket Fiji said.

“The remaining 50 per cent is to be sourced from matching contributions of sponsors or local governments.”

Cricket Fiji is looking at potential funders to join forces with one of the world’s biggest sporting events to make a real difference in the sport in the country.

“Contributions can be small or large and those that are interested should make contact with Cricket Fiji.

Whilst the Cricket World Cup final capped off an amazing six weeks of international cricket, through the forward thinking of NZ Cricket and Cricket Australia the event will still be able to leave a mark on cricket’s growth in Fiji for many years to come.”

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