Shahid Afridi joins Yuvraj Singh among ambassadors for Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

Dubai: Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi has been named as a tournament ambassador for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 in the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA). He has joined Chris Gayle, Yuvraj Singh and Usain Bolt in the list of ambassadors. Afridi won the Player of the Series award in the inaugural edition of the tournament back in 2007.

In 34 T20 World Cup matches, Afridi scored 546 runs at an average of 18.82 and picked up 39 wickets with a couple of 4-wicket hauls to his name. He also won the Player of the Match award after Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final of the 2009 T20 World Cup at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is an event that is very close to my heart. From being Player of the Tournament in the inaugural edition to lifting the trophy in 2009, some of my favourite career highlights have come from competing on this stage,” Afridi said.

“T20 World Cups have gone from strength to strength in recent years, and I’m thrilled to be part of this edition, where we will see more teams, more matches and even more drama than ever before.”

Afridi said that he is looking forward to witnessing the marquee clash between India and Pakistan to be held on Sunday, June 9 at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

“I am particularly excited to witness the India v Pakistan fixture on 9 June. It is one of the great rivalries in sport and New York will be a fitting stage for this unmissable encounter between two great teams,” Afridi added.

Pakistan are scheduled to start their campaign on Thursday, June 6 at the Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. Babar Azam’s men are currently in England, taking part in a 4-match T20I series.