Pakistani fans criticise new ICC anthem for WorldT20

By: News Desk      Published: 06:18 PM, 23 Sep, 2021
Pakistani fans criticise new ICC anthem for WorldT20

International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the anthem song “Live the Game’ for World T20 Cup which is heavily criticised by Pakistani people, reported 24 NewsHD TV on Thursday.

The film features scenes from Karachi, Pakistan. Surprisingly, mountains are visible in the landscape of Karachi.

In response to the portrayal of mountains in Karachi, the people of Pakistan are not pleased with such portrayal in an official music video. People seek reply from the global cricketing body. “What mountains are there in Karachi?”

Composed by renowned Bollywood music director Amit Trivedi, the animated film features young fans from all over the world immersed and engaged in explosive T20I cricket and features some of the sport’s biggest superstars.  

Host nation and India captain Virat Kohli, leads the group of players brought to life as ‘avatars’ in the animation, that interact with each other throughout.  Kohli is joined by fellow captain Kieron Pollard of the reigning champions, West Indies as well as Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Rashid Khan of Afghanistan. 

The animation features a brand-new broadcast technology that blends both 3D and 2D effects to create a stunning film.  A production team of over 40 people, including designers, modellers, matte painters, animators, lighters, and compositors, worked round-the-clock to produce the final version.

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the pinnacle of the shortest format of cricket and returns for the first time in five years on October 17th.  The tournament promises high-octane cricket and entertainment for everyone, including families and those new to the game, with matches taking place in a safe Covid-19 environment across the UAE and Oman.  16 countries, featuring the sport’s biggest names and best teams, will compete in global cricket’s biggest event since the pandemic.

Kieron Pollard, one of the biggest power-hitters of T20 cricket and captain of the reigning champions, is excited by this year's competition.  It is the return of the cricket world cup, since last year's highly successful ICC's Women's T20 World Cup, that saw 86,174 in the iconic MCG for the final, a record for attendance of any women's cricket match.

“There is something magical and special about putting on the West Indies jersey and stepping onto the field. This upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will give us more special moments. We know our fans will be fully engaged, watching, and supporting and we want to give them plenty to cheer about. I’m excited about the magic moments ahead”, said Pollard.

Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder, Australia one of the greatest T20I players to have ever played the game agrees. "The ICC Men's T20 World Cup is going to be one of the toughest and most exciting on record. There are so many teams that could take the trophy and every game will be like a final. We can’t wait to get started knowing the calibre of players we have."

The opening fixture of the tournament takes place on Friday, 17 October as Oman take on ICC Men's T20 World Cup debutants Papua New Guinea at Muscat's Oman Cricket Academy.

Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium are two of the three remaining host grounds, while Dubai International Stadium will be the backdrop for the final on Sunday, 14 November.

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