Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga has been chosen as the official event ambassador for the ICC World Twenty20, which will be held in Sri Lanka during September this year.
Announcing the reasons for choosing Malinga as its event ambassador for the World Twenty20, ICC said “Malinga, was selected as the Event Ambassador in recognition of his skills as a role model both on and off the field of play”
The ICC also said, Malinga’s explosive bowling action’ propelled him to global fame and his distinct, stylish and colorful personality is synonymous with the intensity of T20 cricket.
“The cricketing icon is renowned and admired for his unique cricketing style and vibrancy and is one of the world’s best Twenty20 players”, the ICC announcement further added.
Accordingly, Malinga will be the face of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 advertising campaign in the host nation and will promote the event globally.
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive commenting on the event’s new ambassador said, “Lasith is a special player and one of the most recognizable cricketers in the world. Whenever he runs in to bowl with his distinctive action there is a thrill in the game”
Malinga commenting on his new role has said, “I am honored to play a part in the first ICC World Twenty20 tournament to be hosted in Asia. As an ambassador, I hope to take the T20 message to all communities and passionate fans across the world”
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