The ICC cricket world cup trophy is considered as a symbol of honor & esteem. Not just for players, but also for that nation. Holding the cricket world cup trophy once in a lifetime is always the biggest dream of any player who plays cricket. Hundreds of cricketers play in every world cup, but only few get the essence of holding a world cup trophy.
This ICC trophy is awarded to the winners of ODI world cup in every 4 years. Of all the ICC event trophies, the current ICC world cup trophy is the oldest one in comparison to the t20 world cup trophy, Champions trophy and the test championship mace.
Whenever ODI world cup comes around, people talks lot about the players, venues, and favorites. But only few recognised the significance & the beauty of world cup trophy. With this blog, I want to enlighten every cricket fan about the every inch details of ICC cricket world cup trophy.
Which materials are used in the World Cup trophy?
The ICC cricket world cup trophy is made from pure gold & silver. Gold is used in the globe, while silver is used in making columns.
ICC world cup trophy Height, Weight & Appearance
The cricket world cup trophy is very long and heavy as compared to the trophies of other sporting events. It is 65 centimeters long and weighs around 11 Kilograms. In comparison, FIFA world cup is 35 centimeters high & weighs around 6kg.
The trophy features a golden globe, held up by three silver columns. Each column is shaped as stumps and bails signifies three fundamental aspects of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding.
The golden globe at the top is actually shaped as a cricket ball. The tilted seam on the globe represents the axial tilt of the Earth. The trophy can be easily recognised from every angle as it is designed with platonic dimensions. A beautiful world map is also engraved on the golden globe.
The base of the trophy is completely hardwood and the names of the previous champions are engraved on it with space for a total of twenty inscriptions.
There are a lot of mathematical calculations behind the design of World Cup trophy. A number of people are involved in the process, and it takes time, requires patience, and a lot of love towards their craft to pull it off. It’s a challenging piece to make the World Cup Trophy.
What is actually engraved in those Inscriptions?
Do you wonder like me, what is actually written in those inscriptions? Well I am quite fortunate that I have saw World Cup trophy very closely. So, these following are written in those inscriptions:
- Event Name (For e.g ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Prudential World Cup 1983 etc)
- Host Nation Name(For e.g Played in India, Played in England etc)
- Event starting date & ending date. (For e.g June 9 – June 25 etc)
- Champion Team Name (For e.g Winner ENGLAND, Winner INDIA, Winner PAKISTAN etc)
Who are the Manufacturers of ICC cricket world cup trophy?
The manufacturing base of the ICC world cup trophy is located in England till now.
When it was introduced first in the 1999 world cup, a number of skilled craftsmen from a London based company, Garrard & Co. made this trophy over a period of two months.
The Garrard & Co. is a well reputed firm for its expertise over luxury jewelers & silver. The mastermind behind this trophy was Paul Marsden of the same firm.
Garrard also designed the English Premier League trophy and the Royal Ascot Gold Cup.
However, at present time, The ICC cricket world cup trophy is manufactured by Ottewill Silversmiths(silverware jewelry makers) in the area of Ashford, Kent.
Steven Ottewill is the Trophy Director of the world cup.
Two types of ICC cricket world cup Trophy
There are actually two types of world cup trophies. Both are 100% similar in material used & appearance but they are distinguished from each other by some common differences.
1- Original world cup trophy
In this trophy all names of previous champions are engraved on its base and the ICC logo is inscribed on the inside of the columns.
This trophy is never awarded to winners. It is usually kept in the ICC headquarters in Dubai, UAE. This trophy is generally used for trophy tours and promotional events.
2- Replica world cup trophy
In this trophy, only the name of the champion team is engraved on its base. The event logo is also inscribed on the inside of the columns.
Replica trophy is awarded to the winners of each edition. There is no material difference between Original & Replica trophies, both are made up of pure gold & silver.
What is the price of the cricket world cup trophy?
The world cup trophy is not just adorable, but also very valuable. Not just 100% pure gold & silver made this trophy expensive, but extraordinary craftsmen skills also make this trophy more precious.
After considering the value of gold, silver & other factors, the total price of the ICC cricket world cup trophy is around $30,000 (or £25,000). The ODI world cup trophy currently occupies 7th position in the list of most expensive sports trophies.
What is the price of Cricket world cup trophy in Indian Rupees?
Because the currency used for making the world cup trophy is dollars, so its value is volatile in India. As of the current conversion rate, the cost of world cup trophy is around 24,756,56 Rupees.
History involved with trophy
The first ODI world cup was played in 1975, but the current ICC world cup trophy was first used in the 1999 world cup. Understand this irony.
Before 1999, ICC always included the title sponsors in their marquee events. Like TATA is the title sponsor of IPL, in the same sense world cups before 1999 includes corporations like Prudential inc, Wills, Reliance and Benson & Hedges as title sponsors. So, these sponsors were responsible for creating trophies for the world cups.
The trophies’ designs changed when the sponsors changed until the 1999 World Cup. So the first three world cups(Prudential World Cup) had a similar trophy while 1987 (Reliance World Cup) sponsored by Reliance Industries had a different trophy. In 1992 ,It was sponsored by Benson and Hedges. In 1996 (Wills World Cup) It was sponsored by Wills, an ITC brand.
From the 1999 world cup, as the popularity of cricket surges, ICC decided to make this game more professional like FIFA world cup, so they exit title sponsors (rather invited them as partner sponsors) and made its own permanent world cup trophy and also named the world cup tournament as ICC cricket world cup. Hence from the 1999 world cup, the world cup trophy has never changed.
Controversies Involved with world cup trophy
We know that the replica trophy is awarded to the winners, while the original one is kept by ICC in their headquarters. However, controversies emerged in 2003 & 2011 world cups about the world cup trophy.
- 2003: In this world cup, Australia takes home the original trophy rather than replica after winning the final. Many slam this unprofessional act of trophy mismanagement by the ICC.
- 2011: Few hours after MS Dhoni lifted the world cup trophy, a controversy broke out behind the world cup trophy. Many note that the trophy awarded to team India was fake, as it did not have any inscription on its base. Later, some reports claimed that the original was kept in the airport as ICC refused to pay custom duty of Rs. 15 lakh. However, ICC declines all allegations regarding fake trophy & custom duty.
ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy v ICC T20 World Cup Trophy
The T20 world cup trophy is completely different from the Cricket world cup trophy in all aspects like design, material, manufactures , weight, height, price etc.
|ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy||ICC T20 World Cup Trophy|
|Material||Gold & Silver||Silver & Rhodium|
|Price||Around Rs. 25 lakhs||Unknown|
The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy is a symbol of hope, unity, and sportsmanship. It is a reminder that even though we may come from different countries and cultures, we can all come together to celebrate the game of cricket. The next time you see the trophy, take a moment to appreciate its significance and the stories it holds. It is a truly special prize that is cherished by all who have won it.
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Somesh Lakhera, a passionate cricket enthusiast with over 13 years of dedicated cricket-watching experience. With an unwavering love for the game, Somesh shares his insights and knowledge through his cricket blogging, bringing the excitement of cricket to fans around the world.