The ceremonial reveal of the mascots was carried out by none other than Yash Dhull and Shafali Verma, the captains of the reigning ICC U19 World Cup champions, at a grand event in Gurugram. The dynamic duo showcased the pair of mascots, who originate from a distant cricket utopia called the Crictoverse.
The mascots, a male and a female character, embody the principles of gender equality and diversity that are integral to the world of cricket.
The female mascot takes the form of a fierce and accurate fast bowler, equipped with a turbo-powered arm capable of unleashing fireballs at astonishing speeds. Her lightning-quick reflexes, unwavering determination, and exceptional flexibility make her the embodiment of a supercharged fast bowler. Adorned with a belt carrying six power cricket orbs, meticulously prepared for various game-changing techniques, she stands ready to set the field ablaze.
On the other side of the gender spectrum, the male mascot exudes an air of sub-zero coolness combined with a high-voltage batting power. Each of his shots, whether executed with sly finesse or brute force, carries an electric intensity that never fails to captivate fans. Armed with an electric bat and a diverse repertoire of shots, he lights up the cricketing stage and electrifies the crease with every stroke.
The cricketing world has been invited to participate in an exciting naming process for these mascots, with fans getting the chance to cast their votes on their preferred names before the deadline on August 27. This interactive step allows fans to engage more deeply with the upcoming World Cup event and its lively mascots.
The mascots’ journey from conception to creation has been greatly influenced by the input of cricket fans worldwide. Early stages of development involved polls that allowed fans to help shape the mascots’ design, making them truly representative of the broader cricketing community.
“We are delighted to launch the ICC’s mascot duo ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. The perpetual characters signify cricket’s universal appeal beyond cultures and boundaries with the mascots standing as beacons of unity and passion. With representation of both genders, they epitomise the vital role of gender equality in our dynamic world. In line with the ICC’s and cricket’s priority to connect with the next generation of cricket fans, these mascots hold the power to engage and entertain children, fostering a lifelong love for the sport beyond ICC events,” remarked ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley, during the unveiling event.
As the countdown to the tournament continues, the mascot duo is set to engage with fans in various ways. Whether through personal interactions, broadcasts, or digital media platforms, fans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cricketing excitement they bring. Additionally, fans can indulge in a range of Crictoverse merchandise, including exclusive mascot-themed products like sunglasses, available for purchase both online and in-person.