On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was named as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Cricket for Good ambassador for the upcoming ICC’s Women’s World Cup 2017 which is scheduled from June 24-23 July.

The 46-year-old Mumbaikar Sachin was delighted on his appointment as the ambassador for ICC’s one of the grand events in the field of cricket.

“I am extremely happy that ICC have taken the initiative to encourage the newer teams – I want the game to globalise as much as possible,” Sachin told in an interview with Alison Mitchell which ICC had posted on its website.

India will face hosts in the tournament opener on June 24 in Derby.

However, the ICC event like Women’s World Cup has played a significant part in engaging women in cricket and it has further extended its reach by providing various platforms to the girls in terms of sports to excel.

“I  believe that this tournament will encourage millions of girls across the world to play & aspire to become tomorrow’s stars. Women for sport and sport for women goes hand in hand… I’m here to extend all my support and above all, enjoy that competitiveness”, Sachin added.

In a bid to empower the girls, UNICEF and the international cricket body ICC has engaged on cricketing terms and has further decided to collaborate for the next five years which further includes the development and process of reaching to the different communities that further would connect coaches and cricketers.

“The ICC Women’s World Cup is not just a regular tournament. It is much more… It is a catalytic platform that helps promote the participation of girls and women in world class sports championships,” Sachin said.

ICC Chief Executive Office, David Richardson expressed the body is happy to have an ace cricketer as its icon for reaching to the wider range of an audience for the forthcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

“We are delighted that Sachin has taken on an ambassadorial role for the ICC Women’s World Cup. He is passionate about using sport, and particularly cricket, to empower young girls and having him on board will help build an even bigger audience for the women’s game and inspire more young girls to pick up a bat or ball,” Richardson concluded.

The coaching clinics will also be exhibited during the mega event with the teams which are participating in the event.

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