Lasith Malinga named T20 WC ambassador selected by ICC.The International Cricket Council on Friday named Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the event ambassador for the World Twenty20 to be held in the island nation later this year. The explosive speedy bowler with the sling-arm action is expected to play a key role in Sri Lanka’s fortunes in the 12-nation event beginning on September 18.
Malinga will be the “face” of the World Twenty20 promotion campaign in the host nation and will promote the event globally, the ICC said in a statement.”His distinct, stylish and vibrant persona is synonymous with the intensity of Twenty20 cricket,” the governing body added.Malinga, 28, who gave up Check cricket last year to prolong his limited-overs career, said they was “honoured” to play an element in the first World Twenty20 to be hosted by an Asian nation.
unite in the spirit of the game,” they said.”I honestly thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the chance to host an event of this magnitude and I invite all cricket fans to show their support and Malinga is the only bowler to have taken wickets off successive deliveries in international cricket, achieving the feat against South Africa in the 2007 50-over World Cup in the Caribbean.They is also the only bowler to have claimed one-day international hat-tricks.Malinga has taken 101 wickets in 30 Tests, 186 wickets in 118 one-dayers and 40 wickets in 32 Twenty20 internationals.England will defend the title at the fourth edition of the World Twenty20, having won the 2010 event in the Caribbean. India (2007) and Pakistan (2009) won the first editions.
Lasith Malinga as the official event ambassador for the World Twenty20 Championships to be held in the island nation from September 18 to October 7.”Malinga, was chosen as the Event Ambassador in recognition of his skills as a role model both on & off the field of play,” the ICC said in a statement.His “explosive bowling action” propelled Malinga to global fame & his distinct, stylish & vibrant character is synonymous with the intensity of T20 cricket, the world body added.
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said Malinga’s popularity transcends Sri Lanka & he is ideal choice for the role.”Whenever he runs in to bowl along with his distinctive action there is a thrill in the game. I am definite he will add to the fun that has already surfaced & crowds will flock to see players like Lasith represent their country in the ICC World Twenty20,” he said.”It is amazing to have Lasith Malinga as the match ambassador for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka. Lasith is a special player & of the most recognisable cricketers in the world.
“I am honoured to play an element in the first ICC World Twenty20 match to be hosted in Asia. As an ambassador, I hope to take the T20 message to all communities & passionate fans across the world,” Malinga said.Malinga will be the face of the event’s marketing campaign in the host nation & will promote it globally as well.”I honestly thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the chance to host an event of this magnitude & I invite all cricket fans to show their support & unite in the spirit of the game,” he added.