The ICC Cricket World Cup is less than a year away – and People Just Do Nothing star Chabbudy G cannot wait.He has been getting a flavour of the sport from its most passionate fans ahead of the highly-anticipated tournament, which takes place across England and Wales next summer.
The comedian, taking on the cricket-inspired name ‘Chabuddy CWC’, has been enlisted as the Official Guide to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and tasked to learn more about the game he claims to love from cricketing legends, personalities and fans.
Having swapped the traditional cricket whites and spikes for a modern one-day international look featuring leopard print detailing and smart black brogues – an outfit designed by Chabuddy CWC himself – he went to meet some of the sport’s most passionate fans, including members of England’s Barmy Army and their Indian counterparts, The Bharat Army, to learn more about the drama and
The release of the film, starring the self-proclaimed ‘cricket connoisseur’, follows the opening of the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot, where fans have the opportunity to register for tickets to watch a total of 48 matches taking place across England and Wales’ most iconic cricket venues.
Another two films, which are due to be released later this month, will see Chabuddy CWC learn about the rules and nuances of cricket from individuals, including legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird and Sky Sports commentating maestro David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
Talking about his role as Official Guide to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Chabuddy CWC said: “I love loads of sports. I like a bit of kicky ball, I like the punchy man, I like golf, but there’s one sport which stays true in my heart, and that’s cricket.
“Now I know the football’s not coming home, but the cricket is, and your buddy Chabuddy is going to be your guide. The music, the singing, the costumes. The fans are what make cricket the best day out. Tickets for next year will be like an endangered species, so enter the ballot now. Howzat!”
Rachel Frazer, Head of Communications for The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England & Wales, said: “It’s been brilliant to work with Chabuddy G on this fresh and exciting campaign, which will help drive engagement and awareness of next summer’s tournament with a new non-cricket audience. The Public Ballot offers fans the chance to be at the heart of a great celebration of cricket, and we know they will create an exceptional atmosphere at each of the 11 ICC Cricket World Cup venues across England and Wales.”
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales between 30 May – 14 July 2019. Host nation England will open the tournament at The Oval on 30 May when they take on South Africa, while reigning champions Australia start their title defence on 1 June against Afghanistan in a day/night match in Bristol. The World Cup will conclude when the final takes place at Lord’s on Sunday 14 July.
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot officially opened on Wednesday, 1 August, allowing all members of the public to apply for tickets. The Public Ballot will be open until 29 August and fans will be able to apply to each of the 48 fixtures, with tickets in each price band at every game available. Tickets for children are available from just £6, with a family of four able to go to selected group games for as little as £44.
To apply for tickets in the Public Ballot, applicants must register an account via the Official Cricket World Cup Ticketing website: http://tickets.cricketworldcup.com
Full match schedule can be found at https://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup/fixtures