New Zealand’s squad will carry their ICC WTC trophy, the mace on a week-long nationwide tour later in July announced New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday.
According to NZC’s plan, the team will start the tour in Whangarei on Monday from July 26 & will visit Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, & Incercargill throughout the week. During the tour, the public will get an opportunity to be photographed with the prestigious ICC Mace & collect autographs of players along with team posters.
“It’s quickly become apparent that kiwis want an opportunity to be part of, & to share in this historic achievement”, said White in a Press Release. “We have been inundated with requests to do something so that the New Zealanders could join with the squad & share the historic moment. First, we thought the time-out in managed isolation & the length of time since the victory would dampen enthusiasm for a public celebration, but we have been persuaded to think again”, added David White.
The New Zealand squad & supports staff who are currently in MIQ will be released on Saturday & White emphasized the fact that players should be allowed to spend more time with their families & friends before the mace tour gets started.
White also marked that White ferns ICC World Cup Triumph 2000 & the kiwi’s victory in WTC final are the biggest achievement in the history of New Zealand cricket & it is quite appropriate that the New Zealanders have the opportunity to join the team in celebrations.
“This is just as much as a chance for our BLACKCAPS to say thank you to the New Zealanders & for NZC to express its gratitude to the country for developing an environment in which this was possible”, said David White.
The nationwide tour of the ICC WTC Trophy will include some of the New Zealand squad players & support staff assembling at each of the cities on the route, starting with a small group including Tim Southee at his hometown of Whangarei.
The players who will be involved in the trophy tour will include Will Sommerville, Jeet Raval, & Todd Astle all the three who were involved in the WTC campaign despite not being a part of the WTC final held in England. The trio players will receive the winner’s medals. NZC main aim with the trophy tour is to display the prestigious Mace at every Blackcaps home international game this summer.