The eyes of the sporting world will soon be focused on Trafford as the best international cricketers battle it out to win the most prestigious trophy in the men’s game.
Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground will be hosting six matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup including one of the semi-finals - plus the mouth-watering group stage clash between India and Pakistan.
Full houses are likely for all matches at Old Trafford so residents and businesses can expect the area to be extremely busy on match days as fans flood in from across the country and beyond.
The following matches will be played at Old Trafford.
- Sunday 16 June. 10.30am start: India v Pakistan
- Tuesday 18 June. 10.30am start: England v Afghanistan
- Saturday 22 June. 1.30pm start: West Indies v New Zealand
- Thursday 27 June. 10.30am start: West Indies v India
- Saturday 6 July. 1.30pm start: Australia v South Africa
- Tuesday 9 July. 10.30 start Semi-Final
Trafford Council in partnership with Lancashire Cricket Foundation will be hosting a family friendly community event at Limelight in Old Trafford to coincide with the India v Pakistan fixture that will include sporting activities, food, music arts and dance and takes place between 10am and 4pm on the day of the match
Local cricket clubs will be hosting open-days around various fixtures throughout the tournament as well. More details can be found on the Cricket World Cup website
A spokesperson for Trafford Council said:
We are really looking forward to welcoming fans from all over the world to Trafford during the course of the tournament. The India versus Pakistan match is a particular highlight of the group stages and tickets for this game were massively oversubscribed. Because of the interest in this match we have organised an event at Limelight in Old Trafford where local residents can watch the game and enjoy a host of other fun activities. Residents and businesses can expect public transport and the roads in the area to be very busy on match days so we are asking people to bear this in mind and plan their journeys on these dates. Event parking restrictions will also be in place around Old Trafford as well so again people need to be aware of this.”
Council Leader Andrew Western said:
I am a massive cricket fan so to have some of the world’s best players coming to Trafford is particularly exciting for me. The tournament promises to be a fantastic occasion and to have so many matches, including the India and Pakistan group match which will be watched by millions across the world, will be a massive boost for the borough.”
Posted on Monday 3rd June 2019