The largest volunteer force for cricket in England and Wales will be mobilised for the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer.
When the registration deadline passed, the ranks of potential Cricketeers, as the volunteers will be known, had reached over 2400, going beyond the target set by the organisers.
According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), this is a scaled up operation from previous ICC tournaments in England and Wales.
In 2009 the ICC World Twenty20 saw a force of 500 volunteers and when the Cricketeer programme started ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, 800 volunteers played a vital role in the success of the tournament.
This year there will be 1,500 Cricketeers working across both tournaments in eight different venues.
Chris Tetley, Head of Events at the ICC, said: “The Cricketeers will be the face of the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup and with that comes a unique opportunity to be part of two global sporting events.
Spanning a two-month period, the Cricketeers will gain a unique experience working across key areas of two global sporting events, ranging from spectator services to accreditation.
Applicants will now be invited to attend an interview session at the host venues throughout February and March.
The Cricketeers will begin their training programme in April before the first ball is bowled in the ICC Champions Trophy on 1 June when England take on Bangladesh in the opening game at The Oval.
The ICC Champions Trophy will be played at Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval between 1-18 June 2017 and the ICC Women’s World Cup will be staged during June/July at Bristol, Derby, Leicester and Taunton with the final at Lord’s on 23 July.
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