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With just over four months to go until the start of the 2015 World Cup, the tournament’s organisers are looking for 1,500 net bowlers to help participating nations during their training sessions.
John Harnden, who is the chief executive of the 2015 World Cup Local Organising Committee, revealed that the lucky 1,500 bowlers will be picked from all the State and Territory Cricket Associations around Australia and the Major Associations in New Zealand.
“It’s going to be quite a challenge to find enough bowlers who are prepared to give up their time to help the World Cup teams practice,” Harnden said.
In fact, legendary Australia opener Matthew Hayden was recently at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane to scout for some local talents.
“Net bowlers rarely get any public recognition but they are vital for a batsman’s preparation,” he said. “The World Cup needs a huge number of these very special volunteers and I know the organisers want to do everything they can to make it a great experience for them.
“For some, it will be a once in a lifetime experience to bowl at the world’s best batsmen.”
It has also been announced that each net bowler will be given a World Cup training uniform, a special memento from the tournament and two match tickets for every practice session they participate in.