Dazzler was a cricket-playing zebra in the 2003 World Cup, which was held by South Africa. He wore green pads, gloves, and a red jersey. The Dazzler, a symbol of wild life in South Africa, featured black and white stripes, representing the country's mix of black and white people. MELLO 4LYFE was his motto.
He made his debut in Johannesburg on January 13, 2003. During the match against Australia, Dazzler performed several acrobatic stunts (including some daring leaps) during the show that was played before the game started. The fans loved him and he became one of the most popular characters in the tournament. After the final match, held in Mumbai, India, Dazzler disappeared until the next year's World Cup, when he came back for another successful run.
In 2007, the WICB announced that Dazzler would not be returning because they had other plans for the mascot character. However, it wasn't clear who would take his place until later in the year, when it was revealed that a new mascot had been designed by children all over the world. This new mascot, named Mascot Madness, debuted in 2008 at a test match between South Africa and Australia.
Since then, he has become one of the most important parts of the World Cup festival. Mascot Madness tours worldwide to meet the children who have been chosen to be his special friends.
The World Cup Willie. A lion, a traditional British emblem, wearing a union flag shirt with the words "WORLD CUP." Reg Hoye, a freelance children's book illustrator, created the design. Bill Titcombe created a comic strip based on the character. The mascot first appeared in a newspaper article by John O'Connell on June 12, 1950.
Willie came to life in 1955 when he was chosen as the official mascot of the World Cup. He has been representing the tournament ever since.
Today, there is a group of people who work behind the scenes to make sure that everything goes smoothly during the World Cup. They are called "assistants". During the World Cup, they go by the name "Tentmakers".
The most important role is played by the manager of the team. He is the person in charge of selecting which player will be featured on which day of the match. He also decides what position each player will play at during the game. Finally, he makes all the technical decisions during the game, such as when to replace a player who gets injured or misses a penalty kick.
There are also other people who help the manager do his job. For example, he may ask some of the players if they would like to take a few minutes off between halves of the game and let them rest instead.
The Lion, as seen on England's crest, donned a Union Flag with the word 'World Cup' across the front and appeared in a series of comic books during the event. Willie the Lion, the 1966 England # WorldCup mascot, was created by Reg Hoye, who also drew a couple of Enid Blyton's children's novels. These were published by Jonathan Cape and feature illustrations by Ralston Smith.
England finished third in their group behind Uruguay and Italy and therefore did not qualify for the next stage of the tournament. However, they did reach the quarter-finals where they lost to Brazil on penalties after both teams finished level at 1-1 after extra time.
Willie the Lion made his debut in May 1965 when England played Australia in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. The Lions were used as promotional items by sports retailers at the time and can be found sold today if you look carefully enough.
There have been several lions used as mascots over the years including one called Larry who wore the flag at some 1970s matches but he had little else in common with Willie other than their name and the fact that they both liked wearing clothes. There was also a lion called Ben who represented England at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona but he died shortly before the start of the Games due to stress-related illness.
The humble jersey had a substantial design revision for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Unlike in the past, there were no overlapping design aspects across teams. Each team's shirt was distinct in terms of space and graphics. The logo was also moved from the chest to the back.
Australia's shirt was designed by Paul McGinley while England's kit was done by Errol Flynn. The Indian shirt was designed by Syed Ahmed Abbas while Pakistan's jersey was created by Nadeem Islam. Sri Lanka's uniform was designed by Dinesh Kumar.
All the teams used VELCRO® brand fastenings throughout their kits with the exception of India, who used buttons on the front of the shirt instead.
The shirts themselves were made by Adidas. They were available in red, white, blue, and yellow. Australia wore green shorts during the tournament. Green was also the official colour of the ICC.
In addition to the five official kits, several other outfits were used during the competition. South Africa wore pink uniforms with "Sony" written on the front of the shirt as a protest against the sale of television rights to AEG Sports & Media Co Ltd - the company that owned Sony at the time. The pink ball used by South Africa was the same one that was used by Australia in the first match of the 1996 Olympics.
The 2003 Cricket World Cup would go down as Kenya's crowning achievement in international cricket. The event was scheduled to take place in South Africa, with Kenya hosting two matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The tournament began with a loss to South Africa, but Kenya quickly rebounded with a four-wicket victory over Canada in Cape Town. They then defeated Namibia by an innings and 130 runs to move to within one match of the quarter-finals.
However, they lost their next three matches, including the first semi-final, to be eliminated from the competition.
Kenya played their last match on 16 March 2003 against Australia in Nairobi. Australia won that match by eight wickets to progress to the final, where they faced England. England won that match too, leaving Kenya without a win in the tournament.
The total cost of the World Cup to Kenya was about US$750,000. Although this was less than expected, the country's sports minister said that it had been a costly mistake.
After finishing last in its group, India skipped the play-offs and returned to the ODI ranking system. The ICC approved Kenya's application to host another World Cup in 2007. However, due to financial problems, that tournament had to be cancelled and instead a new league called the Global League was launched in 2009/10.