ICC’s new mascots: The mascots for the 2023 Cricket World Cup, which will take place in India from October 5 to 23 have been unveiled by the International Cricket Council (ICC). They embody the distinctive qualities of both genders and are from the mythical cricketing utopia known as “Crictoverse”.
The Male Mascot: A Fusion of Power and Calm
The male mascot’s colour, blue, symbolises both his ferocious batting prowess and his subzero calm. He can use his electromagnetic bat to deliver a variety of shots that can electrify crowds. Cricketers like Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler serve as inspiration for him.
The Female Mascot: Empowerment in Motion
The female mascot’s arms are turbo-powered and can fire balls at breakneck speeds. She also wears a utility belt with several balls on it. This demonstrates the range of options the bowler has available to her.
Beyond Borders and Cultures:
The mascots “signify cricket’s universal appeal beyond cultures and boundaries,” according to ICC Head of Events Chris Tetley. The mascots “stand as beacons of unity and passion,” he continued, and “epitomise the crucial role of gender equality in our dynamic world.”
Fans had the opportunity to vote on the mascots’ designs as they were created with their input. Through a voting process, fans will also choose the mascots’ names.
Promoting Gender-Neutral Representation:
The mascots will interact with fans in person, via broadcasts, and on digital platforms before and during the competition. Additionally, Crictoverse stuff will be available for purchase by fans, including items with mascot themes like sunglasses.
The 2023 Cricket World Cup will be the debut of gender-neutral mascots at a significant international cricket event. The ICC hopes that the mascots would encourage young people of all genders to play cricket and assist to spread the word about the sport.