Dubai, August 19 (IANS) To mark the two-month countdown to the T20 World Cup for men in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a virtual trophy starting on Thursday. The virtual tour is being driven around by Nissan.
The tour is launched by Carlos Brathwaite, the star of the last T20 World Cup for men. Brathwaite beat four in a row in six in the final over in the final against England, which helped the West Indies claim the title in 2016.
The all-rounder will recite a poem written by Birmingham Poet Laureate, Casey Bailey. The poem aims to capture the essence of T20 cricket and celebrate the dreams and hopes of aspiring cricketers globally.
“This trophy brings back memories of one of the best nights of my life, and it therefore gives me great pleasure to be associated with this unique trophy, where fans get to take it to places it has never been. Imagine taking it to the Eiffel Tower? Or the Taj Mahal? I personally look forward to all the exciting content fans will create and will encourage everyone to channel their inner creativity and get involved, ”Brathwaite said in a press release.
The disruption caused by the world of the Covid-19 pandemic meant that a Globe-trot Trophy Tour was not possible. Instead, the ICC is urging cricket fans to take the trophy to more cricket-playing nations than ever before.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy can be accessed virtually through a 3D augmented reality filter located on the official T20 World Cup Facebook and Instagram pages. Through this filter, fans are encouraged to get creative and take control of the ride and take the trophy wherever they want. This could be their backyard, local cricket club or even a popular landmark in their town. The best of the fan-generated content will be collected and celebrated weekly on the T20 World Cup’s social media channels, where fans can also win signed event merchandise, ”the press release further states.
Fans can track and stay up to date with the tour’s journey through the Trophy Tour section of the T20 World Cup website, which will serve as a one-stop destination for all content generated by fans and the ICC throughout the Trophy Tour’s duration.
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