David Beckham, the renowned former England footballer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, brought joy to the streets of Gujarat as he engaged in a spirited game of gully cricket with local kids. The 48-year-old sports icon is on a three-day visit to India as part of UNICEF’s initiatives to empower women and girls.
Beckham’s UNICEF Visit to India
During his stay in India, Beckham is set to witness the ODI World Cup 2023 semifinal between India and New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The football legend’s presence is anticipated alongside cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar and other celebrities. The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF have collaborated to promote inclusion, gender equality, and empowerment through cricket.
The ODI World Cup semifinal clash between India and New Zealand promises to be a star-studded event, with Beckham joining a list of former cricketers, film personalities, and sports stars in the VVIP gallery. The ICC-UNICEF initiative aims to leverage cricket as a platform for fostering gender equality, and Beckham’s involvement underscores the global importance of the cause.
High Stakes for Team India
Team India, having remained undefeated in the league stages of the tournament, faces New Zealand in a semifinal rematch from the 2019 World Cup. India’s recent victory against New Zealand in Dharamsala adds confidence to the team, setting the stage for an intense and crucial fixture at Wankhede Stadium.
Beckham’s visit aligns with the joint effort of the ICC and UNICEF to empower women and girls through cricket. As part of the VVIP list, Beckham symbolizes the global reach of initiatives promoting gender equality and inclusion through sports.