The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Global Ambassador for the upcoming Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. With just days left until the pinnacle event of the one-day game kicks off, this appointment adds another layer of excitement to the tournament.
The official statement released by the ICC reads, “The International Cricket Council (ICC) announces India legend and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar as the Global Ambassador for the Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with just two days to go until the pinnacle event of the one-day game gets underway. The Master Blaster, who has an enviable record of featuring in six 50 over World Cups in his decorated career, will walk out with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy before the opening match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, declaring the tournament open.”
Sachin Tendulkar, often referred to as the ‘Master Blaster,’ expressed his delight at being appointed as the Global Ambassador. In his own words, he stated, “From being a ball boy in 1987 to representing the country in six editions, World Cups have always held a special place in my heart. Winning the World Cup in 2011 is the proudest moment of my cricketing journey. With so many special teams and players set to compete hard in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 here in India, I am excitedly looking forward to this fantastic tournament.”
He further added, “Marquee events like the World Cup seed dreams in young minds. I hope this edition too inspires young girls and boys to pick up sports and represent their countries at the highest level.”
This edition of the Cricket World Cup promises to be the biggest ever, and it will also feature a distinguished group of ICC ambassadors. Legends of the game such as Vivian Richards, AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ross Taylor, Suresh Raina, Mithali Raj, and Mohammad Hafeez will join Sachin Tendulkar in enhancing the spectator experience.
These cricketing icons will bring fans closer to the action through meet and greets, expert analysis available via the ICC Online Media Zone, and their presence at select matches across the country, adding to the excitement of this highly anticipated World Cup.
Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager of Marketing & Communications, commented, “It’s a real honour to have Sachin as our Global Ambassador as we celebrate the one-day game and get set for what we know is going to be the biggest Men’s Cricket World Cup ever. He is joined by nine fellow legends of the game who will bring the fans closer to the action, and we can’t wait for it all to begin.”
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is set to commence on October 5, with defending champions England facing off against New Zealand at the magnificent Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the largest cricket stadium in the world. The final match will also be held at this iconic venue on November 19, promising an electrifying showdown to conclude the tournament.