LAHORE: The trophy of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be held in India later this year, will reach here on September 5 to embark on a two-day trophy tour of Pakistan.
The World Cup Trophy will be taken to educational institutions, historical places and shopping malls on September 5 and 6.
The trophy toured Pakistan with a slight day after it was initially supposed to tour Pakistan in early August.
The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy embarked on the tour across the globe, on June 27, 2023, marking 100 days prior to the extravaganza starting on October 5.
The trophy will tour 18 ICC member countries across five regions — Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe during this 100-day tour.
The trophy will then return to the host India for the final 30 days before the event to be exhibited across the country to hype up the fans for the upcoming event.
The 2023 edition Trophy Tour will provide cricket fans around the globe with a chance to recreate the celebratory and carnival atmosphere witnessed during the marquee event.
Through innovative activations and events in different countries, the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 Trophy Tour will provide a chance for one million fans to have their own personal interactions with the coveted piece of silverware.
On the launch of the Trophy Tour, ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said, “The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour is an important milestone in the countdown to what will be the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever. This Tour will see the iconic silverware meet heads of states, launch community initiatives and support cricket development programmes in addition to visiting some of the most iconic landmarks around the globe.
“Cricket has more than a billion fans and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to get up close to this famous trophy that has been held aloft by some of the greatest legends of our sport.”
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah added, “Cricket unites India like no other sport and excitement is building across the country as we prepare to host the 10 best teams in the world over six weeks of heart-stopping cricket.
“As we countdown to the World Cup, the Trophy Tour is a fantastic chance for fans to be part of the event wherever they are. The Tour will travel extensively across India and seek to inspire communities to share the excitement of cricket’s greatest spectacle, while providing an opportunity to showcase iconic venues, cities and landmarks throughout the country.”
The Cricket World Cup trophy features a golden globe, characterizing a cricket ball that is held up by three silver columns, which are crafted to resemble stumps and bails, representing the pillars of the game, batting, bowling, and fielding.
The trophy is made with silver and gilt, standing 60 cm tall and weighing approximately 11 kilos. It has been designed with platonic dimensions, which ensure that its uniqueness is immediately recognizable from every angle.
The Cricket World Cup 2023 will commence on October 5, while the final is scheduled for November 19, where the top ten cricket teams will fight for the biggest trophy in cricket.