Cricket World Cup Trophy

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Cricket World Cup Trophy
Awarded for Winning the Cricket World Cup
Presented by International Cricket Council
First awarded 1975 (Prudential Cup trophy),1987(Reliance Cup trophy), 1992(Benson and Hedges cup trophy),1996(Wills Cup trophy)
1999 (Current)
Currently held by  India
Official website icc-cricket.yahoo.net

The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy is presented to the winners of the World Cup finals. The current trophy was created for the 1999 championships, and was the first permanent prize in the tournament's history; prior to this, different trophies were made for each World Cup.[1] The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.

The current trophy is made from silver and gild, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe characterises a cricket ball.[2] It stands 60 cm high and weighs approximately 11 kilograms. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of twenty inscriptions.

The original trophy is kept by the ICC. A replica, which differs only in the inscriptions, is permanently awarded to the winning team.[3][4]

History[edit]

Prudential Cup trophy

The Prudential Cups trophy were awarded to the winners of the World Cup from 1975-1983 when Prudential plc was the primary sponsors. The trophies' designs changed when the sponsors changed until the 1999 World Cup. So the first three world cups had a similar trophy while 1987 (Reliance World Cup sponsored by Reliance Industries), 1992 (Benson and Hedges Cup, sponsored by Benson and Hedges) and 1996 (Wills World Cup, sponsored by Wills, an ITC brand) had different trophies because of different sponsors until the International Cricket Council decided to award its own trophy.[5][6]

The current trophy was created for the 1999 championships and is the first permanent prize in the tournament's history.[7] The trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co (the Crown Jewellers). The whole process was completed over a period of two months time.

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy[edit]

The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy.

The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy is presented to the winning team of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The current trophy is 60 cm high, is made from silver and gold, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represents the three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe characterises a cricket ball.[8] It is designed with platonic dimensions, so that it can be easily recognised from any angle. The trophy weighs approximately 11 kilograms and has the names of the previous winners inscribed on its base. There is still room for another ten teams to have their name inscribed.

Status[edit]

The actual trophy is kept by the International Cricket Council in its offices in Dubai but a replica, which is identical in all aspects apart from the inscription of the previous champions, is awarded to the winning team and remains in their possession. The original trophy had the ICC logo on it, while the replica awarded to the team has the event logo. The 2007 trophy had the logo of the 2007 event, but the 1999 and 2003 trophies did not have the event logos, instead they had the logo of the ICC as present on the original trophy, so those 2 trophies were identical and could not be differentiated. However, from the 2011 edition onwards, the idea of having the event logo on the inside of the columns of the World Cup Trophy was reinstated, this also gave rise to controversies after the 2011 event was completed as to whether the trophy given to the Indian Cricket Team was real or fake. However, it was later on clarified that the correct trophy was handed over to the Indian Cricket Team.[9]

Trophy Winners[edit]

Series number Year Team Trophy
Prudential Cup Trophy
1 1975  West Indies
Prudential Cup trophy
2 1979  West Indies
Prudential Cup trophy
3 1983  India
Prudential Cup trophy
Reliance World Cup Trophy
4 1987  Australia
Benson and Hedges Cup Trophy
5 1992  Pakistan
Wills World Cup Trophy
6 1996  Sri Lanka
ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy
7 1999  Australia
ICC trophy
8 2003  Australia
ICC trophy
9 2007  Australia
ICC trophy
10 2011  India
ICC trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trophy is first permanent prize in game's history". cnnsi.com. Retrieved 9 November 2007. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Cricket World Cup- Past Glimpses". webindia123.com. Retrieved 31 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Rodrigopulle, Elmo (11 April 2007). "Big money for winner of World Cup 2007". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Cabinet of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Wijesiri, Lionel (28 April 2011). "Battle for World cricket supremacy". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Cabinet of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "How limited-overs cricket led to birth of World Cup". Dawn (newspaper). 9 February 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "World Cup sponsorship v prize money". IBNLive.com. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Trophy is first permanent prize in game's history". cnnsi.com. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Cricket World Cup- Past Glimpses". webindia123.com. Retrieved 9 November 2007. 
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