Cricket World Cup is here

VICTORIA FALLS - Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) gesture of receiving the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy here yesterday has exposed the amount of work the association still needs to do in order to spread the game to all four corners of the country.

The Cricket World Cup Trophy made its 12th stop over when it entered Zimbabwe through Victoria Falls yesterday as part of a markting campaign for next year’s Cricket World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The trophy was received by ZC chairman Wilson Manase, senior players; Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Prosper Utseya.

The resort town’s mayor, Sifiso Mpofu was also present to witness the arrival of the 60cm tall trophy weighing 11kgs which was accompanied by International Council (ICC ) marketing and promotions officer Gurjit Singh.

Local cricket playing schools were also present; Baobab Primary, Chamabondo, Chidobe, Chinotimba, Education Centre and Mondeo Primary together with Mosi-oa- Tunya High School.

There were some lighter moments during the trophy reception with when ZC spokesperson Lovemore Banda asked the pupils what name was given to Hamilton Masakadza when he scored a ton against West Indies on his Test debut.

The Victoria Falls pupils all shouted “top order batsman” in response to the question when the answer that Banda was looking for was “centurion”.

But that was however, just a tip of the ice bag as most of the adults present during the trophy parade expressed ignorance on the game and Cricket World Cup.

Obert Nhau, a Chinotimba resident, was among the many people who had their pictures taken with the trophy.

“I must admit that I do not know anything about the sport or the World Cup. I was overwhelmed by the occasions and decided to have my picture with the trophy to keep for the memories,” said Nhau.

The only people who were well versed with the game and the occasion f the World Cup Trophy coming to Zimbabwe were the school teachers, who had accompanied their students to the parade.

ZC officials had decided to bring the trophy to Victoria Falls in a bid to market the town as a tourist destination.

But it was however, evident that a lot still needs to be done to bring the entire country up to speed with the game.

There are long term plans by ZC to construct a 12 000 seater Test venue in the town as a move to spread the game outside Harare and Bulawayo.

After the short stopover in Victoria Falls, the trophy was flown to Harare last night and will be available for public viewing at Harare Sports Club from 10am to 4pm today.

The trophy will then leave for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later today before making its way to Jamaica and Barbados in the West Indies.

It will then make its final journey to Melbourne, Australia on November 6 where it will stay before the start of the World Cup.

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