Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pakistan-South Africa teams attend ICC CWC 2011 Trophy ceremony

DUBAI, Nov. 09 (APP): South African pace duo of Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 performed shark dive in Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo located at Dubai Mall with the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy on Tuesday.Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi described the ceremony as historic and said its going to be great event and he was looking forward to it.

“Its definitely a unique ceremony. Its nice to see Dale and Morne performing the shark dive,” SA skipper Graeme Smith told reporters.

He said his team was looking to the event. He refused to predict any favorite team for the World Cup but they know the past and fully ready for the coming event, reports APP Sports Correspondent Ehsan Qureshi.

Graeme Smith said they are heading in a right direction in preparing a combination for the global event.
Pakistan Manager Intikhab Alam said the ceremony impressed with ceremony. “It was different and my players enjoyed to the part of the ceremony.”
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and Emaar Retail LLC Chief Executive Officer Arif Amiri were also part of the ceremony.

Members of Pakistan’s Test squad Muhammad Yousuf, Taufiq Umer, Muhammad Sami and Azhar Ali did not attended the ceremony.

Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel equipped in diving attire with oxygen-cylinders attracted a large crowd when they dipped at Dubai Aquarium which is one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m in size and holds the Guinness World Record for “The Single Largest Acrylic Panel” at 32.88m long x 8.3m high. A 48-metre walk-through tunnel provides 270-degree views from 11 metres below the surface of the tank.

Both Pakistan and South African team members and officials clapped when Messrs Steyn and Morkel unveiled the trophy underwater.

Group photographs of the both teams and captains of Pakistan and South African were taken on the occasion.

The opening ceremony of the 10th ICC Cricket World Cup will be staged in Dhaka on February 17, 2011.
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