August 19, 2023: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is excited to introduce a captivating pair of brand mascots, set to grace upcoming World Cups and symbolize the unity and enthusiasm cricket fosters worldwide, igniting a passion among the forthcoming generation of cricket aficionados.
With anticipation soaring ahead of the highly awaited ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the ICC has introduced an enduring mascot duo. These timeless characters are designed to engage and captivate cricket enthusiasts, becoming a constant presence at ICC events. Additionally, fans now have the opportunity to contribute to the naming process of these mascots.
Unveiled during an event in Gurugram, India, attended by ICC Under-19 Women’s and Men’s winning captains Shafali Verma and Yash Dhull, the mascots embody qualities representing gender equality and diversity.
Emerging from a distant cricketing realm known as the Crictoverse, this duo combines explosive energy and entertainment, enhancing the overall fan experience and adding vibrancy to ICC events.
One character, with a turbo-powered arm, unleashes fireballs at astonishing speeds, showcasing pinpoint accuracy that astonishes batters. Her remarkable reflexes, fierce flexibility, and unwavering determination make her a force in fast bowling. Adorned with a belt carrying six power cricket orbs, she’s ready to set the game ablaze.
The male character exudes a blend of coolness and formidable batting prowess. Each of his shots, from finesse to sixes, resonates with electrifying force. His electromagnetic bat and versatile shot repertoire amplify the excitement, electrifying the crease with every stroke.
Fans can now contribute to the naming of these iconic characters, with preferences being submitted by August 27.
Engaging cricket enthusiasts of all ages, fans have played a significant role in shaping the mascots’ design and development through comprehensive surveys. These insights have molded the personas of the mascot duo, ensuring a deep connection with the diverse cricketing community.
The launch event in India featured a mesmerizing 3D anamorphic video display that unveiled the mascots’ origins and journey to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Attendees enjoyed an immersive visual experience through optical illusions, engaging both on-site and remote audiences.
Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events, expressed delight, stating that the mascot duo signifies cricket’s universal appeal, transcending cultures and boundaries. With representation from both genders, they stand as symbols of unity and passion. These mascots, aligned with the ICC’s focus on the next generation of fans, hold the power to engage and entertain children, nurturing a lifelong love for the sport.
Throughout the buildup and tournament, the mascot duo will engage fans through broadcasts, digital platforms, and on-ground interactions. Special mascot-themed merchandise will be available for purchase, including wearable items like sunglasses, allowing fans to carry a piece of the Crictoverse with them.
Fans can register for tickets to the Cricket World Cup from August 15, with sales commencing on August 25.