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Cricket - 25. February 2009.

Celebrities appointed as honorary team Ambassadors for ICC Women’s World Cup 2009


Radio personalities Adam Spencer and Jaslyn Hall, singer Kamahl, restaurateur Ajoy Joshi and SBS news presenters Anton Enus and Janice Petersen are lending their support to the ICC Women’s World Cup as Honorary Team Ambassadors.


The ICC Women's World Cup Australia 2009 commences on Saturday 7 March and brings together the world’s top eight ranked women’s cricket teams - Australia, India, New Zealand, England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan.


The tournament will see 25 matches played across  North Sydney Oval, Bankstown Oval, Drummoyne Oval, Newcastle Sportsground 1, Manuka Oval in Canberra and Bradman Oval in Bowral.


As international teams arrive in Sydney from Wednesday 25 February through to Monday 2 March, each Honorary Ambassador will encourage their local community to show support for their national team as they compete on Australian soil.


ABC radio personality and sports enthusiast Adam Spencer is a well known supporter of  women’s sport and is a cricket tragic.


"As coach of the University of Sydney women’s all age second grade football team, I know the positive impact sport can have on the local community and I’m proud to support the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars as they strive to retain the World Cup title," said Spencer.


"These girls have top class skills and deserve our support at the grounds." 


Born to Sri Lankan parents, Kamahl is proud to be an honorary ambassador and inspire the Sri Lankan community to take part in the tournament.  He is a lifelong cricket fan who had a friendship with Sir Donald Bradman and released the single ‘I Was A Mate Of Don Bradman’.


“I’m of course honoured to be the Sri Lanka team ambassador and I’m looking forward to seeing some wonderful cricket played in this tournament, especially when Australia meets Sri Lanka so I can support both teams and be pleased no matter the result,” said Kamahl.


Celebrity chef Ajoy Joshi, whose restaurant Nilgiri’s is synonymous with great Indian cuisine, is keen to host the Indian team for a meal ahead of the tournament.


“I am passionate about cricket and encourage everyone to get along to a match or two for great quality cricket at our local ovals,” said Joshi.


SBS news presenters Anton Enus and Janice Petersen, both of whom have South African heritage, are united in their hope to see South Africa reach the finals.




Former Triple J presenter Jaslyn Hall, who is a native of Barbados, will be at the airport on Wednesday morning to help welcome the West Indies team as they arrive.


“It is with great pleasure that we will welcome the West Indian team to Australia for this world class event,” said Hall.

“They are amongst our finest athletes and we wish them well.

“Due to Sydney’s passionate West Indian ex-pat community, the team should receive fantastic support - they will certainly be amongst friends.”


Don’t miss the opportunity to come and support your national team in what will be a fun, affordable day out for the whole family. 


Match tickets start at just $5 and a $35 Tournament Pass will get you into every match.


For more information visit www.cricket.com.au and for tickets visit www.cricket.com.au/wwctickets


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