Elephant Mascot for ICC WC 2011
Just before 200 Days to go for the ICC World Cup 2011 to be held in Sub Continent, The International Cricket Council unveiled the P Sara Oval Stadium in Colombo Yesterday just before the start of India Sri Lanka 3rd Test.
The name of the Baby Elephant Mascot was chosen after a Online Contest participated by hundreds across the World and was decided as ‘Stumpy”. The winner will get a Cricket Bat signed by India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardane, who also attended the Launch of the Mascot.
ICC Chief Haroon Lorgat said:-
This is another milestone in the build-up to our flagship event and it’s great to see the game’s best players like Mahendra, Kumar, Sachin and Mahela looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with such enthusiasm.
As the excitement builds over the coming 200 days, we will see Stumpy throughout the cricket world, promoting the event and generating enthusiasm. I’m grateful to the thousands of cricket fans who showed their passion for our Great Sport and took part in the naming competition. I encourage all fans to start making plans to attend a spectacular event.
The Indian Captain MS Dhoni who attended the Launch said:-
It can’t get any bigger than the ICC Cricket World Cup in which the best of the best enter with just one objective – to take home the Cup that counts.
It’s not only my dream to be a Cricket World Cup winner but it’s the wish of every member of team India to put his hand on the Cricket World Cup trophy. We’ll work as hard as possible to turn our dreams into reality.
This trophy has been eluding us for the past 27 years and I think we have a very good chance at home to break the drought.
Lankan Captain Sangakkara said:-
The Cricket World Cup is the apex of all the cricketing competitions. It is the one that all teams and players want to win. I was very fortunate to watch Sri Lanka win the tournament in 1996 and it has been my ambition to win the Cricket World Cup ever since I started playing cricket.
The World Cup means everything to us. It is the one point of the cricketing calendar everyone looks forward to and wants to win it. We just have to make sure that we understand how privileged we are to be in that position and carry the hopes and aspirations of so many people.
The Cricket World Cup is the ultimate limited overs competition for a cricketer as it happens only once in four years. The entire cricketing fraternity eagerly waits for this event and when it starts, everyone gets deeply involved.
It’s a completely different feeling to be part of a Cricket World Cup where the atmosphere and the buzz is very special and to be staged in the sub-continent for the first time in 15 years is a magnificent feeling.