Stumpy, a baby elephant, is the mascot for next year’s cricket World Cup.
The tournament is being hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in February-March 2011. Stumpy was revealed yesterday after the International Cricket Council ran an online competition, inviting the public to come up with a name for the mascot.
The mascot, an elephant, has been named ‘Stumpy‘ after an online selection process that drew proposals from thousands of cricket fans around the world.
The lucky winner will receive a cricket bat signed by the all-star quartet of India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, all of whom attended the launch to express their excitement about the flagship event.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “This is another milestone in the build-up to our flagship event and it’s great to see the game’s best players like Dhoni, Kumara Sangakkara, Sachin (Tendulkar) and Mahela Jayawardene looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup with such enthusiasm.
“As the excitement builds over the coming 200 days, we will see Stumpy throughout the cricket world, promoting the event and generating enthusiasm. I’m grateful to the thousands of cricket fans who showed their passion for our Great Sport and took part in the naming competition. I encourage all fans to start making plans to attend a spectacular event,” he added.
With matches to be hosted in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is expecting the World Cup on home soil to be a career highlight.