Along with Bashar, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, England’s Ian Bell, New Zealand’s Shane Bond, Australia’s Mike Hussey, India’s Harbhajan Singh, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and South Africa’s Graeme Smith were unveiled as the ambassadors with exactly 50 days to go before the first ball is bowled in the tournament opener between England and Bangladesh at The Oval.
The eight ambassadors between them have played 1,774 ODIs, scoring 51,906 runs with 48 centuries and taking 838 wickets.
The ambassadors will be involved in the Champions Trophy Nissan Trophy Tour and will also make appearances in the UK as a part of an inspiring programme aimed to provide school children an opportunity to meet and play with a legend at the Cricket for Good coaching clinics.
Bashar has played 111 ODIs and led the Tigers 69 times. He took part in the 2000 and 2002 Champions Trophy. He also captained the Tigers in the 2006 Champions Trophy.
“It’s a matter of great pride for me to be appointed as one of the ambassadors for this year’s Champions Trophy. Not many things can give you more satisfaction than promoting an ICC event, that too one in which the top eight sides will be fighting for top honours. I eagerly await my role and also look forward to penning my thoughts, which I feel is a great opportunity for me,” said Bashar.
“It’s more than a decade since Bangladesh played in this tournament and I’m really looking forward to the event because Bangladesh are now a side which can beat top teams on a regular basis. The nice blend of youth and experience makes it a very balanced side.
“The expectation from fans back home has been on the rise for some years now and I’m confident the side will justify the faith shown in their players. I feel this is really the time for Bangladesh to shine on the big stage, and nothing better than the Champions Trophy to do it, what with the World Cup only two years away,” he added.