The ICC today announced the appointment of five current leaders of cricket as its ambassadors for 2010-2011 which includes ICC’s flagship event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, England’s ICC World Twenty20 2010-winning captain Paul Collingwood, Australia vice-captain Michael Clarke, India vice-captain Virender Sehwag and Simon Taufel of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires have agreed to become ICC Ambassadors for a 12-month period.
As such, these highly respected individuals will be called upon to promote and support a variety of ICC events and initiatives, including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, THINKWISE, Spirit of Cricket and the Pepsi ICC Development Programme.
By making appearances at press conferences, social events and coaching clinics, the ICC Ambassadors will also provide valuable support and general awareness of the activities of the ICC and its key stakeholders.
Given the distinguished performances of this elite group of professionals, both on and off the cricket field, and the prestige associated with being appointed an ICC Ambassador, 2010-2011 promises to be an exciting year ahead.
For Sangakkara and Taufel, it is the third successive time that they have been appointed as ICC Ambassadors since the programme was launched in 2008 while Collingwood, Clarke and Sehwag have been appointed for the first time.
Previous ICC Ambassadors include Rahul David (India), JP Duminy (South Africa), Charlotte Edwards (England) and Lisa Sthalekar (Australia).
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “To have such fantastic personalities who are hugely respected figures within the game give their support to the work we do is reassuring.
“Virender, Michael, Kumar, Paul and Simon have so much to offer and to have access to their valuable time and energy for issues of importance to the ICC is beneficial to the game as a whole,” he said.