THE ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy will make its first public appearance in Zimbabwe next Thursday as part of the iconic trophy’s global tour to all countries that will participate in next year’s global showpiece to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Zimbabwe will be the 12th stopover of the trophy since its journey began on July 3.
The trophy has so far visited Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, England, Wales, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Ireland and Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Neighbouring South Africa will be its next destination later this week before it comes to Zimbabwe for a one-day stop-over.
Zimbabwe Cricket’s media and communications manager Lovemore Banda confirmed the development, but said logistics surrounding the arrival were still being finalised.
After the stop-over in the capital, the trophy will then head to the United Arab Emirates from October 9-11 and later Jamaica and Barbados in the West Indies on October 16 and 17 respectively.
After visiting 12 countries over four months, the trophy will arrive in Melbourne, Australia, on 6 November in time for the 100 days before the tournament roars into life.
The current trophy was created for the 1999 champions, Australia, and was the first permanent prize in the global cricket tournament’s history.
Prior to this, different trophies were made for each ICC Cricket World Cup.
According to the ICC the trophy was designed and produced in London by a team of craftsmen from Garrard & Co over a period of two months.
It 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 fundamental aspects of the game of cricket, i.e. batting, bowling and fielding, while the globe represents a cricket ball.
The trophy stands 60cm high and weighs approximately 11kg. The names of the previous winners are engraved on the base of the trophy, with space for a total of twenty inscriptions.
The World Cup runs from February 14 to March 29 next year.
The Stephen Mangongo-coached side are in the same group with South Africa, India, West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and UAE and kick start their campaign with a clash against their southern neighbours at Seddon Park in Hamilton, New Zealand on February 15.