A large crowd enjoys the entertainment at a one day international between New Zealand and Pakistan in Queenstown. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Queenstown's bid to host 2015 Cricket World Cup matches will
have to be debated around the council table next week before
going any further.
Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley
first motioned the bid in September and this week said an
impromptu meeting was likely to be called next week to
discuss and settle on the document.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will wait for
potential hosts, to lodge their bids by December 18Mr Feeley
and the council's new events director, Simon Green, will take
the document outlining associated costs of the cup, benefits,
ICC mandatory requirements of a host town and his
recommendation to the council.
His hopes are for Queenstown to host up to three games.
"I think that's realistic."
The logistics of New Zealand hosting the CWC along with
Australia is that several games were likely to be hosted at
one venue rather than switching teams from venue to venue.
"It is more cost effective to have a minimum of a few games
in one place rather than hopping from Queenstown, to Dunedin
Acting on the behalf of the ICC, Cricket World Cup 2015
company's NZ representative Therese Walsh agreed hosts were
likely to gain more than one match, but would not rule out
the possibility of a ''one-off'' match at a venue like
The CWC 2015 selection panel had looked into the hosting
abilities of Queenstown and all other applicants and found a
high level of capable hosts, she said.
Although Queenstown's smaller population would not hinder its
chances of hosting, it would be a factor taken in to
consideration, she said.
The requirements from the ICC filled a 300-page book but the
one thing a host town would have to bring to the table was
marketing, she said.
"We are looking for the city to bring the tournament to
It was undecided how many matches New Zealand would host, as
the tournament would be shared with Australia, but Ms Walsh
said there would be no more than 10 host cities nationwide
and no fewer than five.
"The absolute number we host is dictated by the bids we get.
"We certainly want to see cricket in the South Island."
Although Mr Feeley was not chief executive during last year's
Rugby World Cup, he has seen QLDC figures on spending for the
tournament and said these would be comparable to what it was
looking at spending again for CWC 2015.
However, the hosting of games rather than training sessions,
like that of RWC 2011, meant viewers, visitors and benefits
would be bigger for the CRW 2015, he said.
''The costs looks relatively modest to get the venue up to
compliance of ICC standards."
The ICC evaluates on three criteria: the playing venue, the
town's infrastructure and whether the host town would add
value to the game in terms of fans.
Mr Feeley was confident Queenstown ticked all three boxes,
but admitted the ICC had not indicated whether Queenstown
would fit the bill.
''The Cricket World Cup panel don't tip their hand."
Once submissions were handed to the ICC, potential hosts will
wait until January or February next year, he said.
Asked whether QLDC's hunger for CWC matches meant there might
be a return of the international cricket matches on New
Year's Eve, rather than the domestic level of the past two
years, Mr Feeley said he would like to see that happen.
''It remains to be seen, but we would like to get some
practice runs in beforehand."