Monday, April 4, 2011

Trophy not a replica, clarifies ICC

Mumbai: Contrary to some media reports, the ICC has confirmed that the trophy presented to India at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday was the original ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy and the one that was always intended to be presented to the winner of the event.

"There is no question that this was a replica. The trophy presented to India indeed carries the specific event logo of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and has always been the cup that the 14 teams were playing for," the ICC said in its press release.

"The trophy seized by Mumbai customs is the promotional, perpetual trophy which remains in the keeping of ICC at its headquarters in Dubai.

"It carries the generic ICC corporate logo rather than the logo specific to the 2011 event. That trophy will be reclaimed today and will travel back to Dubai with ICC staff as was always intended," the ICC added.

Earlier, there were reports doing the rounds that the trophy presented to the Indian team was actually a replica as the original was still with the custom officials after being seized in Mumbai.

The Cup, meanwhile, has been in the forefront of the celebrations by the entire Indian nation with players even posing with it along with President Pratibha Patil at the Raj Bhavan on Sunday.

Man of the Tournament, Yuvraj Singh, has been kissing the trophy repeatedly in delight.

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