Malinga is known as one of the most lethal Twenty20 bowlers in cricket today
Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the official Event Ambassador for the World Twenty20 by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Malinga, who is beloved all around Sri Lanka, where the World Twenty20 is due to be hosted in September, was also chosen for his unique bowling action and being one of the best Twenty20 players there is in the game today.
The pace bowler, is considered to be a role model for the younger generations both on and off the field, while his fiery and intense bowling is exactly what a Twenty2o International is all about.
When asked about the decision to select Malinga as the official Event Ambassador, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “It is wonderful to have Lasith Malinga as the tournament ambassador for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka. Lasith is a special player and one of the most recognisable cricketers in the world. Whenever he runs in to bowl with his distinctive action there is a thrill in the game. I am sure he will add to the buzz that has already surfaced and crowds will flock to see players like Lasith represent their country in the ICC World Twenty20.”
Malinga, is set to be the ‘face’ of the tournament, which will be highly advertised all across the world.
Upon hearing the decision of the ICC to chose him as the official Event Ambassador, Malinga said: “I am honoured 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. I sincerely thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude and I invite all cricket fans to show their support and unite in the spirit of the game.”