With just two days left until the highly anticipated Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 kicks off, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has unveiled cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as the Global Ambassador for the tournament. The announcement adds an extra layer of excitement to an already eagerly awaited event set to begin on October 5th.
Sachin Tendulkar, the pride of India and recipient of the prestigious Bharat Ratna award, is no stranger to the World Cup stage. Boasting an illustrious career, he has participated in six 50-over World Cups, making him one of the most experienced and iconic figures in the cricketing world. As part of his ambassadorial role, Tendulkar will have the honor of walking out with the Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy during the opening match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, officially inaugurating the tournament.
Reflecting on his appointment, Sachin Tendulkar expressed his deep connection with the World Cup, saying, “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.” Tendulkar, known as the “Master Blaster,” also shared his excitement about the upcoming tournament, stating, “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.”
Furthermore, Tendulkar emphasized the inspirational power of marquee events like the World Cup, saying, “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.”
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 is not only graced by Sachin Tendulkar’s ambassadorship but also boasts an impressive lineup of ICC ambassadors. Cricket legends like West Indies’ Vivian Richards, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, England’s World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan, Australia’s Aaron Finch, Sri Lanka’s spin great Muttiah Muralitharan, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, India’s Suresh Raina, ex-captain Mithali Raj, and Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will all play pivotal roles in enhancing the spectator experience.
The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 will commence on October 5th with defending champions England facing New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Over the course of the tournament, a total of 48 matches will be played across 10 venues, culminating in the final on November 19th at the world’s largest cricket stadium.