ICC World Cup Trophy © Getty Images
ICC World Cup Trophy © Getty Images

 

July 4, 2014

 

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy will visit all the 14 countries that will participate in next year’s cricket extravaganza, to be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. The first stopover of the trophy will be Sri Lanka, which won cricket’s ultimate prize in Lahore when India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka jointly hosted the World Cup in 1996. In ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Sri Lanka will feature in the opening match when it will it take on co-host New Zealand in Christchurch.

 

The prestigious trophy is scheduled to arrived in Colombo on a three-day tour on Friday, where it will be received by six members of the World Cup winning squad, namely Marvan Atapattu, Upul Chandana, Aravinda de Silva, Hashan Tillerkaratne, Chaminda Vaas and Pramodaya Wickramsinghe.

 

During its stay in Sri Lanka, the trophy will feature at a number of events, and will also be on display during the first One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 6. The trophy will return to Dubai on July 7, before embarking on a five-day tour of India on July 19.

 

India are the reigning world champions and will play 1992 winners Pakistan in its opening match in Adelaide on February 15. Also this month, the trophy will visit Bangladesh on July 25 and 26. Bangladesh’s first match is against qualifiers Afghanistan at Manuka Oval, Canberra, on February 18. After visiting 12 countries over four months, the trophy will arrive in Melbourne on November 6 in time for the “100 days to go” celebrations, the details of which will be announced later as informed by International Cricket Council (ICC).

 

The Chief Executive of ICC, David Richardson, said in the ICC official website, “To hold the Cricket World Cup trophy is the dream of every cricketer. The upcoming World Cup will be a great opportunity to watch your team take on the world’s best and enjoy the hospitality of two beautiful but very different countries. It is significant that the trophy is beginning its journey from Dubai, not only because it has been the home of the ICC since 2005, but also because the UAE has qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1996.”