Cricket World Cup arrives

HARARE - The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy arrives in Zimbabwe this afternoon as the plaque makes its 12th stopover since July 3.

The iconic trophy will be in the country on its routine tour of all countries of the teams participating at next February’s ODI World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) chairman Wilson Manase together with Victoria Falls Mayor Sifiso Mpofu and three senior players; Test captain Brendan Taylor, off-spinner Prosper Utseya and batsman Hamilton Masakadza will receive the 60cm tall trophy weighing 11kgs in the resort town.

ODI captain Elton Chigumbura will miss the event as he is currently in India playing in the Champions League Twenty20 for West Indies side Barbados Tridents.

Wilfred Mukondiwa, the ZC managing director said his organisation decided to receive the trophy in Victoria Falls as part of their efforts to market the resort as a safe tourism destination.

“We have organised for the trophy to come through Victoria Falls so that we can help market the holiday resort and do our bit for the fiscus by helping to generate tourism receipts,” said Mukondiwa.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Trophy will also be paraded in Harare tomorrow.

The World Cup is scheduled to be joint-hosted by Australia and New Zealand next February.

Zimbabwe is in Pool B of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with India, Ireland, Pakistan, South Africa, UAE and the West Indies.

Their first game is against South Africa at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand on the 15th of February.

ZC spokesperson, Lovemore Banda said the trophy will travel to the United Arab Emirates after its visit to Zimbabwe.

“The trophy will come to Harare at the end of the day on Tuesday (today). It will be taken around the central business district at 9 am on Wednesday (the 1st of October, 2014) and then be put on display at the home of Zimbabwe cricket, Harare Sports Club, from 10 o’clock until 4 pm that day,” said Banda.

“After Zimbabwe, the trophy will go to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) then Jamaica and Barbados in the West Indies. After four months round the world, the trophy will arrive in Melbourne, Australia, on the 6th of November – 100 days before the beginning of the global cricket showpiece.”

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