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How to make the 2019 World Cup great

The infamous opening ceremony to the 1999 World Cup at Lord’s

The countdown is on. It’s T-minus 18 months until the ICC World Cup rolls into England and Wales… and the ECB are already getting their thinking caps on.

As reported on page 14 of this edition, a fourth floor has been added to the governing body’s offices at Lord’s with the sole purpose of housing the men and women responsible for the 2019 spectacular.

The ECB are committed to making their World Cup, two long decades on from the lame attempt of 1999, the best ever.

And they have plans afoot to achieve that lofty goal – city-by-city cricket jamborees, Hollywood glamour in their creative ranks, a novel use for the Olympic Stadium and a focus on making more and more kids fall in love with the sport.

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