Otago Cricket marketing manager Andy McLean (left) and
Black Cap Nathan McCullum unveil the countdown clock for
the 2015 Cricket World Cup, while (from left) cricketers
from Tahuna Normal Intermediate, Otago Cricket chief
executive Ross Dykes, Volts player Ian Butler and Dunedin
Mayor Dave Cull watch at the Octagon yesterday. Photo by
The countdown is on to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
In 365 days international cricket's showpiece event will
return to New Zealand for the first time since Martin Crowe's
heroics and tactical nous took New Zealand to within a sniff
of the final in 1992.
The University Oval will host three matches and yesterday,
despite the rain and cold wind, about 40 people gathered to
watch the unveiling of the countdown clock in the Octagon.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull joked before the unveiling that he
had requested council staff to put good weather in the diary
for a year's time - ''God knows what it's going to do to the
While not an ''avid fan'' of cricket himself, Mr Cull said he
was nonetheless looking forward to what the event ''brings to
''There's the obvious economic benefit of visitors, but it's
the ability of Dunedin to have access to top-class cricket
players,'' Mr Cull said.
Otago Cricket chief executive Ross Dykes said preparation for
the event was going well.
New Zealand plays Scotland in Dunedin's first match of the
contest on February 17.
It was fitting New Zealand would play the Scots in the
Edinburgh of the South, Mr Dykes said.
''It's quite a nice touch,'' he said.
''Whoever played New Zealand in Dunedin, it would have been a
feature match, but it's quite appropriate.''
In Dunedin's other matches, Sri Lanka will play Afghanistan
on February 22 and Afghanistan and Scotland will meet on
The countdown clock is on display in the council's Civic