The International Cricket Council on Monday announced that former Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, will be the ambassador for the upcoming 2015 Cricket World Cup in February.
It is the second successive time that the batting sensation will be the ambassador of ICC’s coveted tournament.
Earlier, he fulfilled the role in the 2011 World Cup, which was co-hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
The ICC announced the news through social micro-blogging site, Twitter.
Sachin Tendulkar won the ICC 2011 World Cup after India beat Sri Lanka in the final. He is also the all-time leading run-getter in World Cup history with 2,278 runs in 45 matches at an average of 56.95.
The ICC stated that in his role as World Cup 2015 ambassador, Sachin Tendulkar will promote and support a variety of the international board’s initiatives to enhance the profile of the tournament, which is the third biggest sporting event in the world.
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed ICC Cricket World Cup Ambassador for the second successive time. After playing in the last six editions, the upcoming World Cup will be a different experience as I will follow it from the sidelines. It could probably be comparable to the ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 where I was a ball boy, enthusiastically cheering every ball,” Tendulkar said.
Last month India’s current vice-captain Virat Kohli, was also named as an Ambassador for the World Cup.
The World Cup is going to be held in Australia and New Zealand and starts on February 14. New Zealand take on former champion Sri Lanka.
On the same day at the picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground, four-time world champion Australia will square-off against England