Indian Batsmen Virat Kohli joins an elite list of star Ambassadors to supply the necessary support to the ICC 2015 World Cup co-organized by New Zealand and Australia between February and March. A fight for becoming World Champions for next four years in ODI will start on 14 February 2015 between 14 teams – India (Champion), Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Scotland and United Arab Emirates.
Australian Pacer Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson, Sri Lankan experienced ex-skipper Kumar Sangakkara, New Zealand Skipper Brendon McCullum have been selected as representatives with Virat Kohli for cricket’s most awaited event, that is just 92 days away from today. The ICC selected Ambassadors will provide their assistance and substantial profile to build-up during this anticipated and outstanding event. The star players will also engage in the ICC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and event promotions.
Kohli, a good performer for India in the victorious 2011 World Cup campaign, expressed his feeling after getting selected for Ambassador, “It is a matter of pride to be selected as the ambassador of ICC.” He thanked ICC and said, “I thank ICC for bestowing this honour upon me. As a cricketer, I wish to spread the passion of cricket to grassroot levels and I look at this as an opportunity to unify global initiatives for cricket throughout the world.”
Australian Speedster and World Cup winner Johnson, was feeling proud to become a part of the elite group and delightfully said, “As Australia and New Zealand gear up to host ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, I am extremely proud and delighted to be associated with the competition as an ambassador. I look forward to helping promote what is set to be a fascinating tournament with some outstanding teams gearing up to claim cricket’s most coveted prize.” He further added, “I have been fortunate to participate in two World Cups to date and the Australia team is working hard to head into this tournament with some form and momentum. The tournament is going to really capture the imagination of the Australian and New Zealand public and there’s a real buzz about it. I’m sure all lovers of the game will relish it as much as the players.”
Mccullum, who has represented New Zealand in the past three World Cups, said, “With the World Cup just months away, no doubt all countries will be actively plotting and planning their campaigns. In 1992 our sport captivated the nations of both New Zealand and Australia, and I have no doubt the 2015 edition will do just the same.” He showed his confidence on his side and said, “I am confident the tournament will again inspire a generation of Kiwis and Aussies to fall in love with this great summer game. After representing NZ at three previous Cricket World Cups, It is very humbling to be presented the opportunity to be an ambassador of this edition of the tournament and also the ICC during World Cup year. May the best team win!”
Sangakkara was delighted to be important part in ICC World Cup 2015 and told, “The ICC World Cup is the showpiece event in the global game for both players and fans — a festival of cricket that invariably provides compelling entertainment. Like many, I can’t wait for the start of the 2015 tournament in Australia and New Zealand, which I am sure will be a huge success. As an event ambassador I hope to assist the ICC in promoting the values and excitement of the World Cup, as well as supporting the ICC’s significant community programmes off the field that have become an important part of this great event.”
Watson, one of the Aussie’s leading all-rounders arguably, who experienced World Cup glory in 2007, marked his words by saying this, “I am very honoured and thrilled to be an ambassador for the ICC and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Having played in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup campaigns, it truly is a special occasion and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a World Cup at home against the best teams in the world. I am sure cricket fans from Australia, New Zealand and around the world will be captivated by this wonderful event and will witness plenty of fantastic cricket. It is an exciting time to be part of the Australia team.” He also commented, “To be part of a transition phase that now has us playing quality cricket is fantastic and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing against the best players in World Cricket. Every team has their eye on holding up the World Cup trophy and I hope fans will be inspired by the spectacle and the excitement of Australia and New Zealand hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.”