The ICC Annual Conference 2014 will take place in Australia for the first time in its history after Melbourne was last week awarded the right to host world cricket’s biggest annual gathering.
The Conference will take place in June and will comprise a week of meetings and activities that will be attended by senior decision-makers from over 50 cricket-playing countries.
“We are delighted to be taking our annual meetings to Australia for the first time,” commented ICC President Alan Isaac who was jointly nominated by New Zealand and Australia for his current position.
“We are happy with the enthusiasm that Cricket Australia, the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club have shown in developing their joint proposal to host the event and we are looking forward to an enjoyable and productive week in Melbourne next June.
“As we build towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, this will give our Members a wonderful opportunity to gain a better appreciation of the city that will host several prominent matches and check in on the preparations for our flagship event,” added Mr Isaac.
The staging of the ICC Annual Conference is supported by the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher, said: “We are honoured that the ICC has chosen Melbourne as host city for the ICC Annual Conference next year, the first time this prestigious international sporting Conference has ever been held in Australia.
“This Conference is another opportunity for Melbourne to showcase the city and its iconic stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 where Melbourne will host five matches including the opening match and the final.
“On behalf of the Victorian Government, I look forward to welcoming delegates from every cricketing nation to the MCG in June 2014.”
Wally Edwards, Cricket Australia’s Chairman and ICC Director, is thrilled Melbourne will be the host city for next year’s Conference. “Melbourne is a tremendous sporting capital and a fitting host city for next year’s ICC Annual Conference,” he said.
“Hosting this Conference, at the MCG no less, will provide further momentum leading into the 2015 Cricket World Cup,” said Mr Edwards.
“Congratulations to Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher and the Victorian Major Events Company for their outstanding work in securing Melbourne as the Conference host.
“We look forward to welcoming delegates to this Conference,” he concluded.
Many of the meetings and functions will take place at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground with a full schedule of activities and dates to be confirmed in due course.
Melbourne joins the prestigious list of Conference host cities in recent years such as London (2013, 2009), Kuala Lumpur (2012), Hong Kong (2011), Singapore (2010) and Dubai (2008).
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 25 October, 2013 5:01PM AEST