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Published:April 6th, 2011 09:49 EST
India Received Fake World Cup Trophy?

India Received Fake World Cup Trophy?

By Ernest Dempsey

News sources stunned the audiences by reporting that the world cup trophy so proudly and ecstatically held by the Indian team, after beating Sri Lanka in the event`s final in Mumbai on the 2nd of April, 2011, was not the genuine International Cricket Council (ICC) world cup trophy that is worth $130,000. Instead, it was a fake trophy given to the Indians to pour their enthusiasm on while the real thing was going to be returned to Dubai on Monday, 04 April, 2011.

 

The real trophy is said to have been held in possession by the Customs Department in Mumbai who seized t upon its arrival from Colombo (Sri Lanka) on the 29th of March 2011. According to the Indian law, the trophy was not exempt from custom duty and due to problem with regulations, the ICC had to order the trophy back to Dubai. But to prevent embarrassment, a replica of the trophy was presented to the winning team.

 

With the story of the fake trophy making news, ICC is said to have started coming up with explanations, telling that the original trophy is not presented to the winners; only a replica. This too has been questioned since photographs of earlier trophies held by winners of the past world cup show some striking differences from the one presented to the Indian team.

 

Later, however, the ICC rejected the claim that the trophy presented to the Indian team is fake. Oye! Times quoted the ICC statement on Monday (04 April , 2011) saying that the trophy presented to the winning team is the original one and that there was no question of presenting a replica to the winners. Meanwhile, the piece held by the customs remains in custody as the custom officials tell that, whether fake or real, they will let it return only after the due custom duty on it is paid.