ICC World Cup 2015: World’s Largest Cricket Bat Unveiled in UAE
With just 17 days to go for the ICC World Cup 2015, a bat, as tall as eight to 10-storey building and that weighs an astounding 950 Kg was unveiled at the ICC Cricket Academy at Dubai on January 26th, 2015 to promote and celebrate the showpiece event, that gets underway on February 14th.
The 32 meter long and 4 meter wide cricket bat has been created by the leading pay TV network OSN for in a bid clinch the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Cricket Bat’. Placed horizontally, the bat’s length is equivalent to the distance of seven cars parked bumper to bumper. In sheer proportion, it would take a player about 52.8 metres tall to wield the bat.
During the launch, Hamad Malik, Chief Marketing Officer of OSN said:
“What we wanted to do was just before World Cup starts and just before the UAE national team goes for the World Cup to Australia and New Zealand, we wanted to do an activity where we could engage UAE cricket fans and give them an opportunity to come here and say something to the UAE team. So that is what this activity is about.”
“The objective of this is to demonstrate our passion for cricket and wish the UAE good luck in the upcoming ICC World Cup tournament.”
Speaking on UAE team’s World Cup preparations, their coach Aqib Javed said that the team the entire 15-men squad is fit and ready to perform at the big stage and make their country proud.
“I am happy with our preparations and I have met the targets I set at the start of my stint with Emirates Cricket Board as a coach. We have qualified for three World Cups (One-day, Twenty20 and U-19) and it is an achievement. We are targeting at least two victories in this World Cup.”
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