Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was on Wednesday among eight retired stars chosen by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as Champion Ambassadors for this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy which will be staged from June 1 to 18 in England and Wales.
Apart from the 37-year-old Afridi, who last month officially announced his retirement from international cricket to end months of speculation about his playing future, Bangladesh’s Habibul Bashar, Ian Bell of England, Shane Bond of New Zealand, Australia’s Mike Hussey, India’s Harbhajan Singh, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and Graeme Smith of South Africa were named as ambassadors with exactly 50 days to go before the first ball will be bowled in the opening game between England and Bangladesh at The Oval.
A delighted Afridi, while commenting on his appointment, said: “I feel humbled to have been appointed as an Ambassador for the ICC Champions Trophy. And to be part of a select group of some of the most respected and accomplished cricketers against whom I enjoyed playing international cricket is an icing on the cake. Three more Ambassadors and we would have made a tournament-winning XI.”
The flamboyant all-rounder, who scored 167 runs and claimed 14 wickets in 13 Champions Trophy appearances, backed Pakistan’s chances in the upcoming edition. (Courtesy Dawn)