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WC trophy still at airport

The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup perpetual trophy remained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport even on Tuesday as no one from the ICC failed to collect it.

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2011 01:35 IST
HT Correspondent

The International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup perpetual trophy remained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport even on Tuesday as no one from the ICC failed to collect it.

The trophy had been kept at the arrival warehouse since Friday when it was detained by the Customs authorities for non-payment of duty. The ICC, however, refused to pay the duty and said it would take the trophy back while returning to Dubai, where it is headquartered on Monday night.

Following this, the customs authorities had removed the trophy from the arrival warehouse and kept the same at the departure warehouse. “Nobody from the ICC has come to claim the World Cup perpetual trophy,” a senior customs official said.

Sources in the customs department claimed that “replica” (the perpetual trophy) was brought to India by an ICC representative on January 18 this year. A statement released by the world cricket body on Monday said “the promotional, perpetual trophy remains in the keeping of ICC at its headquarters in Dubai.

It carries the generic ICC corporate logo, rather than the logo specific to the 2011 event. That trophy will be reclaimed today and will travel back to Dubai with ICC staff, as was always intended.”

The official said that the department waited for the ICC representatives, but there was no word from them (ICC). “We have kept the trophy in the departure warehouse and they are free to take it back as there is provision for re-export of the legitimate goods on which duty was not paid,” the official said.

However, the Customs officials also learnt that the delay (in taking back the trophy) was because the ICC was contemplating to pay the duty on the trophy to clear the same and hand it over to the Indian team following the controversy on whether the winning team was given a replica. J Patel, an ICC operations manager, who was detained by the customs department for carrying Rs 1 lakh cash on

Monday, was penalised and then allowed to travel to London on Tuesday.