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13 November 201012:52

Associate stars call for inspiration at CWC 2011

Steve Tikolo calls fans to send in messages of support for CWC 2011

Associate stars call for inspiration at CWC 2011 - Cricket News

Kenya cricketer Steve Tikolo.

Stars from the four Associate teams competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 have called upon their fans to show their support by sending in good luck messages that will be posted on the dressing room walls of their favourite teams at the tournament.

Repeating the concept that proved to be very popular with players and supporters at the ICC World Twenty20 2010, fans are being asked to come up with words that will inspire their teams to glory when the event begins on 19 February next year.

The most inspirational messages, along with their Twitter name, will then be selected to go on the dressing room walls for the tournament.

Supporters are asked to send in their good luck messages of 140 characters or less by 25 November to @cricketicc on Twitter, stating which team they are directed towards. For fans not on Twitter, they will be able to also email their messages to yourview@icc-cricket.com.

Steve Tikolo, who helped Kenya reach the semi-final of the 2003 event, said: "While I am lucky enough to know what it is like to have played in previous editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup, many of my colleagues have not been as lucky. Knowing that we have lots of support from our fans back in Kenya will help us relax and hopefully perform to the best of our ability and help cause some upsets at the tournament."

Ireland skipper William Porterfield has fond memories of the support his side received at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and is hoping his side is just as popular this time.

"Those of us who were lucky enough to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 still hold fond memories of that tournament and we are all very excited about playing in 2011. In particular, the support we received from both our supporters in the ground, especially in our match against Pakistan on St Patrick's Day, and back home was phenomenal," added Porterfield.

"I am sure many fans will travel from Ireland to the tournament again but it would be wonderful to have messages of support from those people back at home as well."

Canada skipper Ashish Bagai has called upon Canada fans across the world to back his side in its efforts to make the quarter-finals of the event.

"To represent your country in an ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the biggest honours you can achieve as an international cricketer," said Bagai.

"I would appeal to all Canadians and supporters of Cricket Canada to get behind the team and let their support be shown in their messages. There is nothing more inspiring than leading the team onto the field with the support of the nation behind you."

Finally, Dutch skipper Peter Borren believes that fan support could help give his side the competitive advantage to do well at next year's showpiece event.

"We all know that we are going to have to play our very best if we are to do well in the ICC Cricket World Cup," said Borren.

"Anything that can help us gain that extra bit of momentum in matches will be very important, so whether one of our guys is glancing at the messages on the dressing room wall before he goes out to bat or out to ball, hopefully they will see something that will inspire them to a performance of a lifetime."

Fans taking part in the promotion will also be selected at random to receive a selection of prizes from the ICC.