The International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Trophy will be in Zimbabwe on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It will arrive in Victoria Falls on Tuesday afternoon from Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the trophy’s tour to all the countries that will compete in the next ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be in Australia and New Zealand from the 14th of February to the 15th of March next year.
“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 Zimbabwe Cricket managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa.
In the absence of One-Day International captain Elton Chigumbura, who is in India playing for Caribbean Premier League champions Barbados Tridents in the 2014 Oppo Champions League Twenty20 tournament, Test captain Brendan Taylor, former captain Prosper Utseya and senior player Hamilton Masakadza will receive the trophy in Victoria Falls together with ZC chairman Wilson Manase and the resort mayor Sifiso Mpofu.
The trophy will then be taken to the Falls where the three players will be photographed holding one icon with another in the background. The ICC will distribute this photograph worldwide.
The trophy will come to Harare at the end of the day on Tuesday. 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.
Zimbabwe is the 12th stopover for the trophy since its journey began on the 3rd of July this year. It has so far been to Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, England, Wales, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Ireland and Afghanistan, Pakistan and now South Africa.
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.
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.
Some background: the current trophy was designed and produced in London by Garrard and Company for the 1999 champions, Australia.
It was the first permanent prize in the global cricket tournament’s history because, prior to this, different trophies were made for each ICC Cricket World Cup.
The trophy is made from silver and gilt, and features a golden globe held up by three silver columns. The columns, shaped as stumps and bails, represent the three elements of the game of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe represents a cricket ball.
The trophy stands 60 centimetres high and weighs approximately 11 kilogrammes. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of 20 inscriptions.
Bangladesh A – 258 and 172 for 6 declared (Marshal Ayub 53; Taurai Muzarabani 2/37) Zimbabwe A – 132 and 180 all out (Brian Chari 74; Saqlain Sajib 5-74) Bangladesh A won by 118 runs.
Zimbabwe A suffered their second consecutive defeat of the two-match series with a 118-run defeat to hosts Bangladesh A at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Chasing a victory target of 298 runs, the visitors were bowled out for 180 in 63.5 overs. The batting department misfired again, a recurring problem throughout the tour thus far. Only Brian Chari, who is on his maiden international tour, provided some resistance with a well-constructed 74.
Zimbabwe’s well documented frailties against slow left arm spin were exposed yet again as Saqlain Sajib claimed five wickets for 75 runs. Jubair Hossain contributed to the damage, picking up three for 71, to take seven wickets in the match which rightfully earned him the man-of- the-match accolade.
Earlier Bangladesh A had added 64 runs to their overnight total before the declaration came.
At tea, Zimbabwe A were 94 for five and Chari’s partnership with Joylord Gumbie (35) looked like it could save the game, but by the time the last hour came, eight wickets had fallen.
Focus now shifts to the three-match unofficial One-Day International series, with the first one on Sunday, the second one on Tuesday and the third and final one on Wednesday.
Bangladesh A – 258 and 108 for 5 ( Marshal Ayub 53; Tatenda Manatsa 1/13) Zimbabwe A – 132 all out (Brian Chari 47; Shahadat Hossain 4/33, Jubair Hossain 4-49) Day3: Bangladesh A lead by 234 runs
Zimbabwe A gave themselves an outside chance in the second four-day match with five Bangladesh wickets late on the third day on Wednesday, at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
At the close, Bangladesh A were 108 runs for five wickets giving them an overall lead of 234 with five wickets left.
Earlier, Zimbabwe A were dismissed for 132 runs with Brian Chari’s 47 the highest contribution of the innings, while tail-ender Taurai Muzarabani chipped in with a handy 27 to avoid the follow-on. Bangladesh A seamer Shahadat Hossain and spinner Jubair Hossain shared four wickets apiece to stifle the visitors’ remote chances of eclipsing the deficit.
With the rain hovering around and bad light a concern during the match thus far, Bangladesh A skipper Naeem Islam will be inclined to declare early on Thursday to give themselves ample time to take 10 wickets, while Zimbabwe A will have to show an improved batting performance to walk away with an unlikely draw.