Kagiso Rabada was identified as the perfect candidate along with one of South Africa’s greatest, Shaun Pollock.
Since his retirement, Pollock has become a regular contributor as a cricket commentator on the international circuit providing valuable cricketing insights, whilst Rabada has continued his rise in world cricket, where he currently heads up the ICC ODI bowling rankings.
The tournaments include the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC World Twenty20, as well as ICC Under-19, ICC Women's and Qualifying events.
The Japanese carmaker is at the forefront of bringing its innovations that excite to an audience of cricket lovers around the globe with its personalised approach to fans. Nissan’s partnership with the ICC has assisted with the growth of their brand within the international sport sponsorship platform.
“I am delighted that we are able to continue our relationship with Kagiso and we welcome Shaun to the Nissan team as our cricket ambassadors in South Africa. They will help connect our brand with South Africans through our shared love of cricket,” said managing director of Nissan South Africa, Mike Whitfield.
“We are excited to partner with a legend of the game on one hand and one of the game’s premier bowlers on the other, one representing consistent excellence and leadership and the other a force to be reckoned with in the global ranks."
With these two internationally recognisable ambassadors, Nissan hopes to grow and foster a personal connection with cricket fans across the globe.
The ambassadors, Pollock and Rabada, join a group of global superstars who are Nissan Brand Ambassadors, including Olympic sprint gold medalist and world record holder Usain Bolt.
“I am honoured to be included as part of the Nissan team and look forward to being associated with Nissan as a brand ambassador,” Shaun Pollock said.
“Nissan’s partnership with cricket will bring fans closer to the game we all love so much.”
“I am so proud that Nissan and I get to continue on our journey – 2016 was a great year, and with a partner like Nissan, 2017 can only be better,” Kagiso Rabada said.
“I am committed to delivering the same performance as a Nissan ambassador as I do with the ball in hand.”