International Cricket Council has appointed five top cricketers as its ambassadors for the ICC Cricket World Cup next year. These include India’s Virat Kohli, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, Australia’s Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum.
India’s current ODI Skipper and star batsman, Virat Kohli said it is an honor to be selected as the Ambassador to spread the passion for the game of cricket to grass root levels and across the world.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who featured in the 2007 and 2011 finals in the West Indies and India, said he would assist the ICC in promoting the values and excitement of the World Cup.
One of the world’s leading all-rounders Shane Watson said it is truly a special occasion and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a World Cup at home against the best teams in the world. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will start on 14 February with New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in a day match in Christchurch.
On the same day in Melbourne, co-host Australia will go head to head with England in a day/night match. Melbourne will also host the final on 29 March. A total of 49 matches will be played across 14 venues, seven each in Australia and New Zealand.