| Proposal to hold the ICC East-Asia Pacific World Cup Series Qualifier
To whom it may concern,
This application is to propose to hold the ICC EAP World Cup Series
Qualifier in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture between 16 and 23 May or between
23 and 30 May 2004.
We are totally convinced that Fuji is the ideal venue for such a tournament
from various points of view. Fuji is ideal in location, facilities, local
support, and potential for becoming the centre of cricket in Japan. Most
importantly, an international tournament in Fuji will leave great legacies
for JCA and cricket development in Japan in terms of ground/facility development
and government/local support, while immensely expanding the opportunities
for junior as well as senior cricket development in the area.
It must be stressed that the following advantages of holding the tournament
in Fuji will ensure a successful and fruitful World Cup Series Qualifier;
? Two ‘Cricket’ grounds with concrete pitches next to each other!
? Great access to all necessary facilities during tournament!
? Great local support!
? Great legacy for cricket development in Japan!
? Great view with the famous Mt. Fuji in the back ground!
The following sections and attachments will provide a detailed account
on grounds, budget, legacy, organization, and other necessary considerations
for holding the World Cup Series Qualifier in Fuji. If you have any questions
or require more information, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
Kei Imamura, Anton McCloy
Position: Fuji Team Secretary, Fuji Groundskeeper, Fuji Team Members
Organization: Fuji Cricket Club
Attachments; budget sheet, planning structure, planning timetable, tournament
schedule, past weather statistics for Fuji
Fuji is approximately a 3 hour drive from Narita International
Airport, a 2 hour drive from Tokyo, and is located on the Tokaido, giving
it excellent access from the Airport and other parts of Japan. There is
currently one cricket ground with a concrete pitch and net facilities within
the city and an exciting opportunity to lay another concrete pitch literally
next to the current ground. Such ground development has gained the understanding,
approval, and support of the City Government and local Ryokan-Kumiai (Hotel
Union). The ground has an extensive parking area, and excellent access
from the city provides all necessary facilities such as accommodation,
grounds, function sites, etc within a 15 minute driving distance. The tournament
organizing committee will have full access to the ground and facilities
to prepare the grounds for the tournament. Thus, we are confident that,
should the tournament be awarded to Fuji, we will be able to provide two
well prepared grounds with concrete pitches and improved net facilities.
Please see the attached budget sheet. The budget provided
is a “Full” budget which considers all necessary requirements by the prices
quoted to us at the moment. Please note that possibilities remain to be
explored for discounts and sponsors, and some non-essential items included
in the budget should be able to be substituted.
An International tournament in Fuji will leave a great
legacy for cricket development in Japan as a whole as well as in Fuji.
Here we shall raise a few points that concern cricket development in Fuji.
? An additional ground exclusively for cricket with a concrete pitch
and improved net facilities
JCA will have full access to this ground before and after the tournament
and this will greatly contribute to cricket development in Fuji, Kanto,
and Japan as a whole at all levels.
? A boost in general awareness of the game
General awareness of the game will dramatically increase
in Fuji through cooperation with the City Government, Ryokan-Kumiai, and
through local media. Contacts with nation-wide media will also be exhausted.
A boost in general awareness of the game in Fuji will immensely expand
opportunities in junior, as well as senior cricket development including
Weather, volunteer availability, and national/school holidays
are crucial factors in deciding on the timing to hold an international
tournament. The average start of the rainy season in the Tokai and Kanto
area is 8-9 June, and the average end of the rainy season is around the
20 July. However, the start and end of the rainy season tends to vary by
a week, thus this period must be avoided. The beginning of May is known
as the Golden Week with around 5 national holidays. This period can not
be recommended as international and domestic travel and accommodation bookings
become extremely difficult and usually expensive. In addition, school holidays
start in late July, but vary from school to school, exams precede the holidays,
and it becomes a high season for travelling. As students are anticipated
as the main source of volunteers, this time must also be avoided. Thus,
the latter two weeks of May should be ideal in terms of weather, volunteers,
and avoiding high seasons.
Please see attached charts for our planning structure, planning
timetable, tournament schedule, and past statistics on weather in Fuji.
? Overall government support
The Fuji City Government and the Ryokan-Kumiai are very supportive
of cricket, and should the tournament be awarded to Fuji, we are confident
in gaining their support and cooperation in various areas in organizing
? Media Activities
We have contacts with local media, City Government, and Ryokan-Kumiai
which we intend to explore to increase the awareness of the tournament
should it be awarded to Fuji. We also have extensive contacts with nation-wide
media which we will exhaust.
? Sponsorship possibilities
We are confident that we can gain sponsorship deals through established
contacts and government fund schemes, and will explore every possibility
to cover some of the costs of the tournament.