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Kohli joins star Ambassadors for 2015 World Cup


Dubai, Nov 13 (PTI) India’s Virat Kohli joins an elite list of star Ambassadors to provide neccessary support in the build-up to the ICC 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand between February and March.

Kohli, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara have been appointed ambassadors for cricket’s most-anticipated event, which is now only 92 days away.

The ICC Ambassadors will add their support and considerable profile in the build-up to and during the showpiece event.

The star players will also be involved in the ICC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and event promotions. Kohli, a star for India in their victorious 2011 World Cup campaign, said: “It is a matter of pride to be selected as the ambassador of ICC.

I thank ICC for bestowing this honour upon me.

As a cricketer, I wish to spread the passion of cricket to grassroot levels and I look at this as an opportunity to unify global initiatives for cricket throughout the world.” Aussie speedster and World Cup winner Johnson, was delighted to be part of the elite group that will be supporting the 50-over WOrld Cup.

“As Australia and New Zealand gear up to host ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, I am extremely proud and delighted to be associated with the competition as an ambassador.

I look forward to helping promote what is set to be a fascinating tournament with some outstanding teams gearing up to claim cricket’s most coveted prize.

“I have been fortunate to participate in two World Cups to date and the Australia team is working hard to head into this tournament with some form and momentum.

The tournament is going to really capture the imagination of the Australian and New Zealand public and there’s a real buzz about it. I’m sure all lovers of the game will relish it as much as the players,” said Johnson. MORE PTI FK

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