The Sri Lankan fast bowler, Lasith Malinga, was named as the event ambassador by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup 2012 that is scheduled to be held at the end of this year.
Being the face of the World Twenty20 advertising campaign in the host nation, he will promote the event globally.
It is expected that the right-arm fast bowler will play an important role to lead his nation in the 12-team cricket tournament that will kick off on September 18. He expressed his happiness after being honored to play a part in the first World Twenty20 World Cup hosted by an Asian country. He also thanked the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the opportunity to host an event.
The 28-year-old Malinga took retirement from Test cricket to extend his limited-overs career. He is the only bowler who has claimed four wickets in four successive deliveries against South Africa in 2007 ICC World Cup. He has also achieved the rare feat of claiming three hat-tricks in ODI format of cricket game.
Playing 30 Test matches, he took 101 wickets. On the other hand, he has so far claimed 186 wickets in 118 ODIs.
England is the defending champion. They will try to defend their title at the fourth edition of the Twenty20 World Cup.