ottingham city centre, marking one week to go until the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway. The six-metre tall sculpture of a giant hand catching an official ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 ball will remain in place for the duration of Trent Bridge’s Cricket World Cup fixtures, and features a wristband with emblems of nations who are playing in Nottingham during the tournament; England, Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh. Ex-England and Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme Swann was on hand to reveal ‘Giant Catch’ to the public. Five ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup fixtures will be held at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground this summer, including hosts England’s clash with Pakistan. The first of the city’s World Cup fixtures will take place on Friday 31 May when two-time winners West Indies meet 1992 champions Pakistan, and to mark Nottingham’s status as an Official #CWC19 Host City, a ‘Giant Catch’ was unveiled at the Council House in the city centre. Not only will Nottingham host five fixtures, it will also hold a free-to-attend Official #CWC19 Fanzone in Old Market Square, just a stone’s throw away from the ‘Giant Catch’. In the first of the tournament’s Fanzones, fans will be able to watch live broadcasts of World Cup matches across four days (30th May to 2nd June), in addition to family-friendly cricket activities for all ages and abilities. Former England spinner Graeme Swann was at the unveiling Former England spinner Graeme Swann was at the unveiling Director of City & Spectator Experience for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Paul Smith, said: “We are delighted to reveal this eye-catching installation in Nottingham as we fast approach the start of the World Cup. Nottingham has a real passion for sport and we are sure this will turn a few heads in the city centre when people pass by. We look forward to bringing the buzz and excitement of the tournament into the city through this brilliant piece of artwork but also across the four-day Fanzone which runs in the city over the first weekend of the World Cup.” Cllr David Mellen – Leader of Nottingham City Council said: “The ‘Giant Catch’ Hero image coming out of the Council House will be one of the iconic images of the tournament and we are proud to be chosen as the hosts for this pivotal moment on Old Market Square. Undoubtedly, the images will be shown across the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to show off our city and people will be inspired to come and visit us and find out what Nottingham is really about. We’re looking forward to our sporting summer in the city and this really signals the start.” Stephen Jackson, interim Chief Executive at Marketing NG, said: “We are very excited about the flagship spectacular that has been installed on Nottingham’s iconic Council House building in Old Market Square. This – along with the Fanzone and the Trophy Tour – will be instrumental in raising awareness and generating excitement about the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. We anticipate that this spectacular, which is the only one in the UK, will help to draw people into the city centre and thus boost the local retail and hospitality sector. This iconic and memorable installation will also help to cement our reputation as one of the UK’s top sporting destinations, and we’re looking forward to having the spotlight on Nottingham this summer.”

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