God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar appointed as brand ambassador of 2015 ICC...

God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar appointed as brand ambassador of 2015 ICC World Cup

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sachinMASTER Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has been appointed as the brand ambassador of 2015 ICC World Cup by the International Cricket Council.

The World Cup will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement ICC said,

“It will be the second successive time that the India maestro will be the Ambassador of ICC’s pinnacle tournament, after he fulfilled the role in the previous event in 2011.”

In his role of ambassador, Tendulkar will promote and support a variety of ICC initiatives to enhance the profile of the tournament, which is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and will take place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 2015.

Tendulkar retired from international cricket last year after representing his country in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International. In a 24-year career, the 41 year old scored a total of 34,357 international runs and 100 centuries. For his 673 runs in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, he was awarded player of the tournament as India finished runner-up to Australia.

Tendulkar commented,

“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.”

“The excitement of the World Cup grows with every new edition and this year’s host nations Australia and New Zealand are known for their sporting culture, great cricket facilities and knowledgeable crowds. Lifting the World Cup is every international cricketer’s quest and the tournament brings out the best of individuals and competing teams,” he added.

Tendulkar also highlighted the victory of Indian team in 2011,

“The image of the champion team lifting the World Cup inspires many youngsters around the world and gives them a dream to chase- a dream which I fulfilled after 200 years of relentless pursuit by being a part of the victorious Indian team in 2011.”

ICC Chief Executive Davis Richardson said,

“The ICC is delighted to once again have Sachin as an Ambassador for its biggest and most prestigious tournament. Sachin is not only an inspiration to cricketers but to all sportspeople for his endurance, perseverance, talent, personality and commitment to the game.”

The 11th edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup will begin on 14 February, 2015 when co-host New Zealand take on former champions Sri Lanka. On the same day at the picturesque Melbourne Cricket Ground, four-time world champion Australia will square-off against England.

A total of 49 matches will be played across 14 venues-seven in New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington.) and seven in Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney).

The format of the tournament is the same as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, i.e. two groups of seven sides each, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. All the knock-out stage matches will have reserve days.

Apart from the 10 full members, four qualifiers- Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates will take part in the tournament.

ICC WORLD CUP 2015 TEAMS

POOL A                                                                                       POOL B

ENGLAND                                                                      SOUTH AFRICA

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AUSTRALIA                                                                 INDIA

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SRI LANKA                                                                   PAKISTAN                                  

Reliance ICC ODI World Ranking 5                             Reliance ICC ODI World Ranking 5

BANGLADESH                                WEST INDIES

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NEW ZEALAND                               ZIMBABWE

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AFGHANISTAN                                IRELAND

Qualified via Pepsi ICC World Cricket League                              Qualified via Pepsi ICC World Cricket League

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SCOTLAND                                       UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Qualified via ICC Cricket World Cup Qualified via ICC Cricket World Cup

Qualifier 2014                                                                                  Qualifier 2014

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