16 April 201407:49

Royal visit highlights the diversity of cricket

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a special ICC Cricket World Cup event in Sydney today involving Australian cricket greats and children representing the 14 participating nations.

Royal visit highlights the diversity of cricket - Cricket News
Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath and Southern Stars all-rounder Ellyse Perry met the Royal couple at the Sydney Opera House where they were presented with specially commissioned cricket bats painted by Sydney Koori artist Daren Dunn and a baby ‘baggy green’ for His Royal Highness Prince George.

Artist Daren Dunn said his work is a gift from all of Australia to the Royal couple: “As an Aboriginal man of Australia I feel very blessed to represent not just the Indigenous people of the land, but all Australian Cultures. Prince William, as a father, husband, son and brother represents his family and culture.”

The Royal Couple were also treated to a preview of what to expect at next year’s tournament when they met with children from each of the 14 qualifying nations – highlighting the diversity and global reach of the tournament.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Chief Executive, John Harnden and Cricket Australia Director Michael Kasprowicz were also on hand to meet the Royal Couple.

Commenting on today’s event, Mr Harnden said: “This was a great opportunity to showcase the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to the Royal couple and celebrate the diversity of cricket which will be on full display in Australia and New Zealand next year.”