THE wait is finally over for cricket fans across the state with less than a year to the first ball is bowled in the games most sought after trophy.
Irish dancers and African drummers were on hand on Friday for the official Queensland launch of the ICC Cricket World Cup due to be played across 14 cities in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said it was the first time Queenslanders had the opportunity to attend a live Cricket World Cup game in more than two decades.
"This is a once in a generation event," she said.
"With a television audience of more than one billion people, this tournament will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase Brisbane and its world-class facilities to a global audience."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said encouraged all Queenslanders to embrace the event which will see Brisbane host three pool matches.
"Cricket lays claim to being our national game so the opportunity to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world will be a thrill for many Australians," he said.
"Not only will our skills on the pitch be on show, but our country will be as well."
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