Prince Charles launches ICC Trophy at the Oval

Earlier today, Prince Charles officially launched the International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy at The Oval cricket ground in London, where he was joined by legendary West Indies cricketer Brian Lara.

The Prince of Wales met groups of schoolchildren from the countries of the competing teams who are taking part in their own youth competition.

Prince Charles met with children who were competing in the ICC youth cup (Clarence House)

The ICC competition is held every 4 years, and throughout June will be held across England and Wales.

Former England cricketer Jonathan Trott and former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara also joined the Prince at the launch of the international event, which will attract the world’s best players.

The Prince of Wales spoke to professional cricketers ahead of the ICC trophy at the Oval (Clarence House)

Teams from England, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play in 15 matches at The Oval, Edgbaston, and Cardiff.

Surrey Cricket, who play at The Oval, tweeted: ‘A great honour to host HRH The Prince of Wales. He met , , & as well as eight local schools.’

Charles also signed a cricket bat that will be presented with the trophy at the end of the competition before he left.

Prince Charles signed a cricket bat which will be handed out to the trophy winners (Clarence House)

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