Dubai, Feb 8 (PTI) Who would have thought that twored-hot ODI cricketers from two different countries could havethe same favourite book but that''s exactly what happened whenVirat Kohli and Shane Watson picked American tennis legendAndre Agassi''s autobiography ''Open'' as their treasuredreading.
A leading cricketer from each of the 14 World Cupparticipating countries revealed their favourite book in ajoint initiative by the ICC and ''Room to Read ''to promoteglobal literacy campaign and access to books.
Like Watson and Kohli, Zimbabwe''s Graeme Cremer selectedanother sports autobiography -- controversial cycling legendLance Armstrong''s ''It''s Not About The Bike'' -- while SuliemanBenn of West Indies chose a sports biography ''Supercat'' oftwice World Cup-winning captain Clive Lloyd.
Fiction books picked by the stars include by JK Rowling''s''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer''s Stone'', chosen by Tamim Iqbalof Bangladesh and ''1984'' by George Orwell, selected byIreland''s Ed Joyce.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi chose ''Fazail-E-Amaal'',written by Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi as his favourite book,while South African Wayne Parnell picked ''The Stand'' byStephen King. Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews went for ''Talent IsNever Enough'' by John Maxwell.
Canada''s Zubin Sukari chose ''Life'' by Keith Richardswhile England''s Luke Wright selected ''Goosebump Series'' by R LStine.
Kenya''s Steve Tikolo seemed to have been inspired bySouth African Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela as he picked ''LongWalk to Freedom'' as his favourite book.
Netherlands'' Peter Borren chose ''Night train to Lisbon''by Pascal Mercier as his favourite reading while New Zealand''sKane Williamson picked ''Jack Reach Series'' by Lee Child.
''Room to Read'' is seeking to transform the lives ofmillions of children across Asia and Africa by focusing onliteracy and gender equality in education.
World Cup hosts Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka are amongthe cricket-playing countries in which ''Room to Read''publishes books, establishes libraries and builds schools.
There will be a series of player interactions promoting''Room to Read'' during the World Cup. The ICC has also helpedestablish ''Room to Read'' libraries in Bangladesh, India andSri Lanka as part of the World Cup legacy.
"I like Andre Agassi''s autobiography. The author tellsthe story of his remarkable career, which featured many upsand downs. The best part about the book is that at no pointdoes the author try to project himself as a ''superhuman''. Heis as human as you and me, but a champion and an inspiration,"said Kohli.
Watson said, "I have read many books but my favourite outof all of these is Andre Agassi''s autobiography, ''Open''.
Throughout the book he describes his thoughts and feelingsgoing through his mind so unbelievably well. It is like you,as the reader, are in the moment with him.