Indian film actress Kareena Kapoor, whose father-in-law Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi led the national team in 1960s, will unveil the trophies for the ICC 2020 T20 World Cups in Melbourne tomorrow (Friday).
Australia will host the ICC T20 World Cups for men and women next year. The standalone women’s T20 World Cup is slated from February 21 to March 8, whereas the men’s edition will take place from October 8 to November 15.
Kareena is considering it as an honour to unveil the trophies. “I am honoured to be a part of this prestigious evening. I would like to encourage all these women out there who are playing for their respective countries to pursue their dreams. It’s truly empowering to see them stand tall on an international platform,” Kareena has reportedly said.
“They (the women cricketers) are an inspiration to one and all. My late father-in-law was one of the greatest cricketers who played for the Indian cricket team and it is an honour for me to be unveiling the trophy.”
The organisers have described Kareena as the right choice to grace the occasion. “Kareena is not only one of the biggest names in Indian cinema today but is also married into a family that has a cricketing legacy. Her late father-in-law, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, was one of the biggest cricketers of his time, so the begum of the Pataudi family was the apt choice for the unveiling. She will be the first Indian actor to be invited for the prestigious ceremony.” Hindustan Times has reported a source as saying.