Cricket World Cup Trophy briefly in Rose City’s hands
IT WAS hard to know who was the bigger star attraction - former Australia fast bowler Andy Bichel, or the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy.
Bichel, who won the tournament as part of the 2003 side, was at Slade Park with the trophy yesterday, as part of a tour leading up to the tournament next year.
The tour started in Western Australia early last month and will continue around the country, finishing in Sydney on Australia Day.
Bichel, who played at Slade Park in a Mitchell Shield match in the early 1990s, said he was excited to be back in Warwick.
"It's great being back at Slade Park," Bichel, who watched the beginning of the Colts-Maryvale match afterwards, said.
"We've had a lot of people come through and it's great to have a bit of a chat to all the fans.
"It's a nice shot in the arm for local cricket and hopefully as many people will get involved in the World Cup as possible."
Bichel, who averaged 128 with the bat and 12 with the ball in the 2003 tournament, said it was a unique experience to take the trophy around the country.
"The trophy doesn't get out and about all that often," he said.
"Australia doesn't host the World Cup that often and who knows when we will again in the future.
"Who knows when we might see the trophy again."
Warwick junior cricketer Nic Stephens, a fast bowler himself, said meeting Bichel and seeing the trophy was a moment he would not forget.
"It's really cool to see the trophy. It's pretty amazing to see it up close and see what it feels like and how heavy it is," Stephens said.
"When I watch it on television next year it will feel pretty cool to have seen the trophy in real life.
"I had a good chat to Andy Bichel about bowling and cricket in general.
"Just being able to meet someone who's played in a World Cup and won a World Cup is great."
Queensland Health Minister and Local Member for the Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg also stopped in for a look at the trophy.