The excitement was front and centre as the floodlights came up on the opening ceremony at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) in Melbourne last night. As the cricketing world waits for its next champion, the excitement is building Tweet by Tweet for fans across the globe.
Check out this collection of #CWC15 related Tweets ahead of the tournament:
While the #CWC15 action will take place in the stadiums and on the pitches of host nations Australia and New Zealand, of course it will also be on Twitter. Throughout the world’s biggest cricket tournament, Twitter will carry the roar of the crowd and give fans the chance to get closer to the @cricketworldcup action more than ever before.
Since sports are the ultimate real-time experience, Twitter is the the place for fans to get live #CWC15 updates from their favourite teams, players, coaches, writers, celebrities and fellow fans. Twitter is the world’s biggest cricket viewing party, where you can track every match, experience every wicket, boundary and glorious victory, both on and off the pitch.
For these reasons, we’ve created a special #CWC15 timeline.
Screenshots from the Twitter #CWC15 match and tournament timelines
All the action commences with New Zealand v Sri Lanka on Saturday 14 February, plus the first Australian game against old enemy England, on the same day. Be sure to tune in with Twitter this @cricketworldcup as all the drama unfolds on the field. And thanks to @FoxCricket, you can make sure you never miss a match broadcast:
Many of the players across all 14 nations competing in Australia and New Zealand are on Twitter. You can follow each of their individual journeys throughout the tournament here. This graphic shows the most-followed players from each country in this @cricketworldcup:
The Twitter dream team
Now that the final squads have been chosen and the teams have landed in Australia and New Zealand, the players face a nervous wait-to-see who will make the XI for their nation’s first match. If Twitter users were picking the lineup, the 11 players below would be sleeping a lot easier, as their starting place would be assured. This Dream Team is composed of the most-mentioned players on Twitter over the past 12 months, forming a first XI:
All of the teams competing this year have official accounts on Twitter. You can follow all of the teams here, and this graphic shows the 14 team accounts:
Follow Australia’s #CWC15 adventure on Twitter
Twitter and sports go hand-in-hand in Australia, so Aussie fans will be pleased that they are able to follow the majority of the final @crickwetworldcup squad throughout the tournament. A full list of @CricketAus players on Twitter can be found here.
The @CricketAUS account is the best place to start your #CWC15 journey, as it provides amazing access to the players and coaches as well as photos, videos and breaking news from inside the Aussie camp.
Other Australian accounts to follow
Throughout #CWC15, fans will flock to Twitter to join in the live conversation. Here is a full list, and below are a selection of Australian media outlets, writers, broadcasters and other voices that will create the roar of the crowd:
Join the conversation
Each of the matches will also have a unique hashtag to help you follow along and join the conversation. Here are the hashtags for the first four matches to get you started:
Be sure to follow these accounts for reliable up-to-the-minute #CWC15 news:
And keep your eye out for a number of exciting Twitter integrations designed to make your #CWC15 even better, including:
#CWCDaily on Twitter Video Daily recap video on native video player
In case you missed any of the @cricketworldcup live action, @ICC will send a native Twitter video Tweet with #CWCDaily at the end of every match day. This is exclusive for people following the account and will have some of the best action from the game and expert views. The five minute show will go out each evening showcasing each key element of that matchday of the #CWC15.
By Tweeting to @ICC with the hashtag #AskTheCaptain, users across the world can even participate in the post match press conference of each game. One question from across the world will be picked up by the commentator and asked to the winning captain during the post match interview.
Twitter Voting Card: #PlayOfTheDay
At the end of each match day, users can get involved to decide which moment was the #PlayOfTheDay based on a shortlist by ICC. To make the choice, users will simply have to click on a special Twitter Voting Card that @ICC will Tweet out for each of the 36 matches of the tournament.
Now that you’re equipped with all you need to know to follow the #CWC15, we look forward to catching all the high octane action on and off the pitch over the next six weeks.