The men’s and women’s trophies for the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 arrived in the host nation today.
The biggest prizes in the game’s shortest format arrived this morning on flight EK 582 from Dubai. They were received from Emirates Airline cabin crew by tournament director Dhiraj Malhotra and host tournament director Tanveer Qamrul Islam (pictures attached). Among those present at the Hazrat Shah Jalal International Airport in Dhaka were the six event ambassadors, as the official multi-city trophy tour began with a ceremony on the tarmac.
Bangladesh men’s captain Mushfiqur Rahim and women’s skipper Salma Khatun were present at the ceremony, together with the other four event ambassadors: Ayasha Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.
After the reception and ceremony at the airport, the trophies were taken on a tour of Dhaka, past some of the city’s most important and historical locations. These included Shahbag, the Shaheed Minar, Polashi, Manik Mia Avenue and the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur.
The much-cherished silverware will next travel to the other two host cities, Sylhet and Chittagong, on 25 February and 27 February, respectively.
In Sylhet, the trophies will visit the following locations after departing the airport: Sylhet Divisional Stadium (Sylhet Cricket Stadium), Khastogir, Amborkhana, Mirer Moydan, Lama Bazar, Zinda Bazar, Shaheed Minar, Chowhatta and the Sylhet District Stadium.
After landing in Chittagong, the trophies will travel through the following areas: CEPZ, Bondor More, Agrabad, Tiger Pass, New Market, Shaheed Minar, DC Hill, Press Club, Kazir Dewri and the MA Aziz Stadium.
At all three venues, grand rallies starting from the airport are the main feature of the trophies’ entry into the hearts of the cities. A massive signature container truck, traditional horse carts and local drums (Dhol) have been added to uphold the Bangladeshi festival touch.
About the trophies
The ICC WT20 trophies for men and women, which stand 51 cm tall, have been designed and manufactured by Links of London. While the men’s trophy weighs seven and a half kilogrammes, the women’s trophy weighs six kilos.
Made of silver and rhodium, the trophies have a youthful design that reflects the dynamic nature of T20I cricket. The design is based on the field dynamics of balls being hit to the boundary and fielders returning them in an interactive process.
The previous winners of the men’s trophy include India (in South Africa in 2007), Pakistan (in England in 2009), England (in the West Indies in 2010) and the West Indies (in Sri Lanka in 2012).
Those that have lifted the women’s trophy before include England (in England in 2009) and Australia (in the West Indies in 2010 and again in Sri Lanka in 2012).